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Old 03-22-2008, 02:19 PM   #1
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: N Kentucky
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The NUB Habano

I got a sneak preview of a new cigar called the NUB. It will launch April 1st and will come with a choice of 3 different wrappers.
The NUB that I took out for a test drive has a beautiful reddish brown Habano wrapper that sports a nice oily sheen.
The cigar that was created by Sam Leccia is a new concept in cigar making. The idea is that only the "sweet spot" of the leaf is used to make the cigar so none of the cigars are longer then 4"! This one measures 4x60.
After clipping the end I found the draw to be easy but not loose. Both the smell of the leaf and the pre light draw are very earthy.
The cigar that I'm smoking is a "fresh rolled" Habano having been rolled only 2 weeks before my smoking it. As young as this cigar is I am surprised that I don't detect any of the green, or grassy pre light taste you find in fresh rolled cigar.
After toasting the foot I get a nice even burn and a nice white ash starts to form. From the very first pull off the cigar I get a ton of earthy smoke that is sweet and spicy. I was told that this is a full body cigar, but the start is more medium then full.
After the first half of the cigar I find that 2 of the cigars hypes are true to form. 1st the cigar is remaining very consistent. The flavor has hints of Earth and coffee and leaves a sweet creamy taste in my mouth. 2nd, The ash is firm and clings to the cigar. I give it the tap test, knocking it a couple of times on the side of the ashtray, but it didn't even tilt to one side.
As I hit the last part of the cigar I started getting some ammonia that I contribute to the freshness of the cigar. All the flavor remains consistent, but a little less sweet then at the start, and closer to full body then medium.
I Nubbed this NUB! For a cigar that is in it's infancy, I can already tell this cigar will be a winner. The cigar burned true to the very end and as I smoked it down it remained cool on the tongue. The oils pulled out of the cigar making the wrapper moist and shinny. I am very exited about April 1st when I can smoke one of the nub's that have been aged. I will post pictures of the event and give a second review.
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