goathahalol purchased this cigar on 2010-01-01.
It has None of additional aging.
sweet rich dark flavors highlighted by cedary sweetness.
Cigar starts off Medium in Body but full on flavor. Dark rich chocolate with mild tobacco flavor on the back and a hint of sweetness throughout, make for a fantastic profile from the get go. Ample clouds of smoke with a very slight tobacco tingle on the back of the throat. Not much punch to it at this point. Ash is medium grey with black draw rings and very tightly compressed. Draw is excellent and burn is a little jagged but even. Humidity is currently 95% in SE Texas so I’ll attribute any burn problems to that and the Maduro wrapper. Drinking a cup of Starbucks coffee fresh ground and brewed at home and I must say they go really well together. The coffee is helping bring out a lot more sweetness than I remember from my past Nub Maddies.
The dark coffee / espresso roast flavor progresses toward the 2/3. I would definitely call it the predominant flavor profile at this point with still a little sweetness and some hints of espresso on the finish. Strength hasn’t really escalated much beyond medium burn has straightened out considerably to a thin burn line with no jagged points. Ash is still very tight and medium gray in color. The draw is a little tighter at this point that I prefer; possibly contributing to the sponginess the cigar has taken on and directly related to the heat and humidity I’d say. I chewed on the tip a little and the draw opened right up. Now we are producing some serious smoke clouds. Exhaling through the sinuses produces a nice mellow smooth almost pipe tobacco aroma with barely a hint of spicy burn.
In the final third there is a pickup in the tobacco flavors now and a little more towards espresso and less coffee, which I guess is to say it’s picking up very slightly bitter finish but not in a bad way. Not much sweetness going on at this point. The tobacco spice has kicked up a notch, as has the strength but I would still call this a Medium bodied cigar at best. Burn has continued on flawlessly and the ash is still hanging on very tightly. I’m being a little gentle with it at this point just to see if I can keep the ash till I nub the Nub. Profile remained consistent throughout the final third, lost the ash about 10 minutes before I decided to put it to rest.
Although I’ve had probably a dozen or so of these little devils, this has been my first torpedo, but I can honestly say that the quality of construction on all the Nubs I have smoked has been fantastic, and probably is the high point of the smoke. I really enjoy being able to kick back and relax with a Nub and not have to worry about touching up burn lines or relighting or dropping ashes in my lap. I’d like to give a shout out to Oliva and their rollers for producing a finely rolled stick with great consistency that I still enjoy revisiting time and time again. While this is not a very complex smoke, it is a really good smooth medium bodied one that is perfect for those smokers looking to give Maduro cigars another try. Happy Smoking!