The NUB series, released on April 1, 2008, was developed by Sam Leccia. Sam works for Tabacalera Oliva S.A. who produces Oliva cigars. Again, just like the AVO No.2 I have been wanting to try this cigar since its release. In fact over the next couple of reviews I will make my way through the entire wrapper series (Cameroon, Habano, & Connecticut). Here’s a little information on the NUB theory provided from http://www.nubcigar.com :
The idea for the NUB comes from the theory that a cigar finds its “sweet spot” at the 3 ½ – 4 inch burning point. All NUB cigars must exist within this window making no NUB cigar longer than 4 inches. Further adding to this complex theory, the ring gauges range from 56 – 66. The result is a variety of smokes that have the same amount of tobacco as any Churchill or even Presidente. Unbelievably, they also take as much time to smoke! Another fun feature that NUB cigars offer are, due to the cigars being rolled so tight the ash on these bad boys is super solid. You can supposedly stand them straight up on their ash and even place them over a wine glass without the ash falling off. Maybe I’ll get lucky enough to try either of these!
You can find more information on NUB Cigars in the April 2008 Edition of Cigar Aficionado, the March 4, 2008 edition of Cigar Insider Vol.13 No.5 and at http://www.nubcigar.com.
NUB Cameroon 464 T Attributes
Ring Gauge: 46
Wrapper: African Cameroon
Price: $5.50 USD
Before lighting this hefty cigar I gave it a good one over. The wrapper on the cigar was gorgeous however there were some tiny dark water spots in various places. The cap of the cigar was also a bit sloppy for my liking however did not impact the cut. The cigar presented a light scent of manure and hay before being lit and the pre-light draw was perfect, showing lots of flavorful character.
Pre-light Score: 9 pts.
The NUB Cameroon was immediately full of taste. I could tell this was going to be a very bold cigar. The smoke was white and creamy and gave off a very pleasing aroma. However the best part about it was the draw. Just magnificent!
The ash on this cigar was nice and white with shades of grey. For some reason I had trouble just putting the cigar down. I was enjoying it so much I just wanted to keep smoking it. The cigar was very toasty with some hints of coffee and honey. I did have to touch up the burn line two times after smoking just about an inch.
Smoking Score: 8 pts.
This cigar produced a lot of smoke and continued to have a great draw however about an inch and a half in the ash fell off. So much for the fun tricks…..this wasn’t the bad part though. Once the ash fell off the cigar started to burn very inconsistently. I was continuously touching it up and I don’t really like to work super hard to smoke a cigar. The finish on the NUB Carmeroon cigar was very full and pleasant all the way to the end.
Overall Experience: 9pts.
NUB Cameroon 464 T Rating:
Overall Exp.: 9pts.