I think I just heard the collective sigh of every single Stogie Review reader around the globe. I know, we’ve covered Nub Cigars to death over the years and we are at the point now where it feels like beating a dead horse. With that said, there is a method to my madness. This isn’t just a review, but a serious inquiry as well.
You see, earlier this week I found myself in a position where I was tight on time. My daughter just went down for an afternoon nap and I wanted to sneak in a cigar while she snoozed. Knowing that I only had about an hour and a half before she would be up, I began rummaging through my coolidor looking for something fairly short.
I discovered an old box of Nub Connecticut 358 that I’ve had around since my father and I built the first set of Rolling Tables for Sam Leccia. Being relatively small, I cracked open the box of Nubs and enjoyed my short afternoon break.
Two days later I found myself in the same situation and once again turned to the box of Nub Connecticut 358. Out of curiosity, I posted a photo of my cigar on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ asking my friends and followers what they thought of the Nub line. I wanted to know if the masses felt as though this cigar would stand the test of time or if it fizzled out and has been replaced in humidors across the county.
I was rather surprised by the responses that I received. Answers ranged from “Boring” to “Lower the Coffin” and everything in between that a brand wouldn’t want to hear. I found it fascinating that the once all the rage Nub was becoming an afterthought among the social networking community.
With the Nub Lines position on the Cigar Social Scale aside, I found the cigar to be very enjoyable. At one point in time it was my absolute favorite Connecticut wrapped cigar. Over time it was replaced by the Oliva Connecticut Reserve, which was then replaced by the EP Carrillo New Wave.
Even after a handful of years in the cooler, the Nub Connecticut 358 delivered plenty of bold flavor with just enough body to back it up. The finish was creamy and easy on the palate. Smoke was dense and did a great job of coating the palate. As far as the construction and burn are concerned, I didn’t have a single complaint.
As I sat enjoying my cigar, I wondered why the Nub line in general was falling out of favor. It was when I began price shopping that I discovered the problem. I can recall buying singles during the initial release less than $5.00. When I saw the ‘Are you out of your F’ing mind’ price of $6.35 per single at Famous Smoke Shop I knew that I wouldn’t be shelling out that kind of money for this cigar. As good as it was, I’ll take an EP Carrillo New Wave Robusto, enjoy it more, and pocket the change, any day of the week.