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Spotlight Brand: Nub by Oliva

February 20, 2008 |

A true revolution in cigar making.

Considered one of the most innovative cigar concepts, Nub is a line of short, stout and well-filled smokes blended to capture the perfect essence of a cigar. These cigars are completely made by hand with densely packed long-filler, allowing each stick to burn slowly while maintaining a smoking time comparable to conventional sizes ranging from robusto to presidente.

The Oliva Family has left a substantial mark on the cigar industry over the past five years. As one of the world's most reputable cigar makers, their highly rated blends can only be found at the most reputable tobacconists throughout the world. In 2007, Oliva received an unprecedented '94' rating from Cigar Aficionado for their Serie ‘V' line, which was also designated as the top new-release that year. When blending, their quality and attention to detail has moved the Oliva Family through the ranks from small boutique cigar manufacturers to the anomaly they are today.

The Oliva team has been fascinated with a cigar's natural tendency to fully develop in strength and flavor about 1/3 of the way into the cigar. They referred to this portion of a cigar as its “sweet spot”, and noted that it was typically temporary and short lived. Convinced they could capture this “sweet spot” in a compact smoke that would maintain perfect flavor from start to finish, team Oliva worked on many prototypes. In short time, they realized they made an incredible discovery, and by combining the perfect size and shape with certain blends, they were able to deliver only the best part of a cigar, its essence.

Available in your choice of Habano, Cameroon, Maduro or Connecticut wrappers, each box is labeled with the individual weight and smoking time of each cigar.

Nub Cameroon #23 Cigar of 2015 - '92' Rated by Cigar Aficionado

Q & A: Relighting Your Cigar

Sometimes I put down my cigar for extended periods of time and come back to find it burned out. Can I relight a cigar?

2/19/08 | by MW of Elkton, MD

Many cigar enthusiasts refuse to relight a cigar once it extinguishes itself. This is mostly due to the fact that upon relighting, the cigar will produce a foul, acrid taste and the palate will also pick up nuances of burnt ash, which is far from pleasant. However, there are some who simply cannot throw away a cigar, especially if he or she is enjoying a Churchill or Toro sized stick. Those individuals may feel that relighting a cigar is a necessity and in that case, there is a special method for doing so.

by Sean G

Review: Cuba Libre

Dave Cuba Libre

Epicure (6.0"x50) Excellent burn. The cigar is relatively mellow for the first inch and then explodes with flavor as it burns towards the head. Sweet nuances are noticeable and the finish seems to last longer than expected. The complexities are greatly noticeable from inch to inch. Preferred size.

Unico (torpedo) (6.2"x54) Perfectly constructed and offers more complexities than the Epicure. The wrapper is almost flawless with little veins and the draw is very, very easy. Definitely the best size when looking at construction and complexity.

Magnum (5.5"x55) Features a very easy draw, flawless construction. Produces a creamy smoke and many spicy nuances can be tasted. Perfect forty-five minute cigar.

Club Corona (5.5"x44) More robust than the other sizes and the draw is a bit tight. Due to its size, the flavors seem stronger and the spice is abundant from start to finish. Noticed almost no sweet nuances but still, very enjoyable.

Chairman (7.0"x52) The draw is a bit tight for the size; however, this stick offers a stronger experience. The blend is balanced throughout but the burn was slightly uneven. Great to enjoy after a hearty meal.

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