Size: 6″ x 60
Behind the Stick:
In 2009 the Nub cigars were still a new cigar on the market having only been released two years prior in 2007. Originally released with three wrappers, the Habano, Cameroon, and Connecticut, it wasn’t until 2009 that a Maduro wrapper was finally released. For the release Sam Leccia, the creator of Nubs, was touring the country to do promotional events at local cigar shops. The events were called Nub Live 2009. For coming to these events, you received a Nub Live backpack with a shirt, hat, guitar pick, backstage pass type badge, some other swag, and a Limited Edition Nub Live 2009 Barber Pole cigar. I’ve heard only 3000 of them were rolled, but luckily after the tour was over they had some left over swag bags, which were then given away to members on their forum during various contests. I was able to win two different contests which is how I received this cigar.
This cigar is your standard Oliva factory fare, which is to say solid construction all around. The barber pole wrapper is put together nicely. Whereas the seams are obvious because of the different wrappers used, they’re still smooth and put together well. There is a minor soft spot towards the foot, but not enough that I expect any burn issues. The Limited Edition band adds a nice touch to the cigar, speaking of it’s departure from the normal Nub cigar. The draw is easy and close to being too loose, but I don’t expect it to be a problem.
The prelight draw brings the taste of raisins and a slight sweetness to my tongue. After lighting it, the first few draws have some nice coffee notes with some smooth and creamy smoke. There’s a hint of nuttiness, almost an almond flavor, coming out. As the wrapper twists, so do the flavors, with coffee and nutty flavor playing back and forth with slight chocolate and leathery notes. About halfway through the cigar the flavors have been pretty consistent, which is to say they’ve continued to fluctuate between the two flavor groups. Not unpleasant in the slightest, but it does leave you wondering what your next draw will bring.
Smoking it down to its namesake, the flavors never developed much past what they were, which isn’t to say that’s a bad thing. This was definitely an enjoyable smoke, as good as some other NUbs I’ve smoked and better than others still. The construction was more loose than other NUbs I’ve smoked, losing the first ash about an inch into it. After that it held together well however. If these were a regular production stick they would have a place in my humidor, but unfortunately I only have been able to get two of these.