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Cain Nub Maduro 460 Staff Review

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Zack D.

Today I am reviewing Cain Nub Maduro in a short and fat 4 x 60 format called the 460. Cain and Nub are distinct brands in their own right. Each is blended and produced by Oliva Cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua. Nub debuted in 2008 and is exclusively known for the short and fat shapes the cigars are rolled in. Cain premiered in 2009 and is blended for connoisseurs who enjoy cigars that are especially strong. Cain Nub represents a marriage of the two brands: strong cigars rolled in short extra-thick sizes.

Cain Nub is available in three wrapper options – Habano, Nicaragua (in the 460 F blend), and a dark-chocolate-brown Maduro wrapper grown in the San Andrés Valley in Mexico. The wrapper is toothy and rough to the touch. The cigar is surprisingly solid with a nice weight. Inside Cain Nub Maduro is a bold blend of aged Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos.

With the cellophane off, pre-light notes of leather, barnyard, plum, and black pepper surface. The cold draw adds hints of hickory, birch beer, and dark chocolate. Bold and beefy notes of espresso and cocoa kick in the second I hit the foot of the cigar with my torch lighter.

Cain Nub Maduro blasts the palate with a zesty black pepper note. Fortunately, a bit of tart fruit offers balance on the back end. The profile smooths out nicely after an inch with earthy notes of cedar and oak.

The blend is loaded with espresso in the second half. Sweet and lingering notes of dark chocolate break up the cigar’s bitterness. As the short format slowly winds down, subtle notes of cashews, plum, and peat intertwine nicely. The finish is exceptionally long and not as spicy as you might expect.

Have you heard of the infamous “Nub Stand”? You may have encountered ads for Nub cigars that feature an image of a chunky Nub cigar standing upright on its ash after the cigar has been smoked. Cain Nub Maduro is an easy cigar to perform the feat with. The cigar’s construction delivers a solid three-inch ash you can stand on its end when you get down to the nub – a testament to the cigar’s sturdy construction.

I must stress, Cain Nub Maduro is strong. It starts off medium-bodied, but by the end, the blend packs a full-bodied wallop. Like all Nub cigars, the format burns for a deceptively long amount of time. You can easily squeeze an hour out of Cain Nub in the 4 x 60 Maduro.

If you’re looking for a short and stocky cigar that packs a punch, Cain Nub is your ticket. We include this line on our list of the best Nub cigars you can smoke. Also, because Holt’s is the #1 Cain account in the country, our prices are always the best. Smoke all three wrappers – Habano, Maduro, and F – for the full spectrum of Cain Nub tasting notes. The Cain Nub ‘Troll’s Envy’ Sampler is a great place to start. It’s packed with five cigars from each blend for a massive discount. And remember, “Cain is for Tough Guys Only!”


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