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Best Nub Cigars to Smoke

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Shane K.

Nub has come a long way in a short time. Nub cigars are handmade in a collection of ultra-popular short fat shapes in Estelí, Nicaragua, by Oliva Cigars. In 2008, Oliva debuted Nub and many considered the unusually pudgy and eye-catching cigars a fleeting trend at first. More than a decade later, Nub cigars are far more than a fad. The brand enjoys a devoted audience of cigars lovers who rarely smoke anything but Nub, because, frankly, there isn’t anything else like it.

Nub cigars reflect the premium taste and quality Oliva is known for, but the brand became a game changer thanks to its dimensions, the most popular of which is the bestselling Nub 460, a 4-inch shape with a 60 ring gauge. Some compare the shape to holding a beer can between your fingers. That’s a bit of an exaggeration.

Nub was created with the notion that a cigar should start off at the “sweet spot” for flavor and satisfaction. That’s why Nub cigars look like big cigars that have been cut in half. We can debate the sweet-spot theory all day, but here are the best Nub cigars to smoke to come to your own conclusions.

1.  Nub Connecticut

Nub Connecticut is the creamiest cigar in the Nub portfolio. Tasting notes of almonds, white pepper, and cashews please the palate in four short chunky shapes, including an extra-fat 4 x 64 Torpedo. An Ecuador Connecticut wrapper hugs a luscious blend of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos grown on select Oliva estates. Nub Connecticut delivers a spectacular finish in a series of cool and easy puffs as long as you can fit it in your mouth.

Strength: Medium
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut

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2.  Nub Cameroon

Nub Cameroon wowed the critics at Cigar Aficionado enough to score 92 points and a ‘Top 25’ ranking in 2016. A gingerbread-hued Cameroon wrapper leaf embraces a plump recipe of premium Nicaraguan tobaccos aged to perfection. Notes of chestnuts, coffee beans, and baking spices mingle before a zesty and sweet conclusion layers the palate in a profound finale. Fans of fat cigars with the sweet, woody taste Cameroon wrappers are famous for should look no further than Nub Cameroon.

Strength: Medium
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Cameroon

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3.  Nub Habano

Leather, spice, earth, and cayenne pepper characterize the flavor of Nub Habano. A reddish-brown wrapper is harvested in Ecuador from Cuban-seeds and blended over Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. Its peppery short profile reveals hints of maple and salt in each shape before a tantalizing finish resonates on the palate. Nub Habano is a touch more intense than the Connecticut and Cameroon blends.

Strength: Medium
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecudor Habano

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4.  Nub Maduro

Nub Maduro is a dark and succulent specimen drawn from an oily Brazilian wrapper leaf and a well-aged core of robust Nicaraguan long-fillers. Smoky, woody notes of earth, cocoa, mesquite, black currant, and espresso beans punctuate a 90-rated blend. Because Nub cigars are thick, their flavors won’t concentrate with as much vigor as traditional formats. Nub Maduro is a great cigar to smoke with a strong cup of coffee or a glass of vintage port.

Strength: Full
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Brazilian

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5.  Cain Nub

A year after Oliva premiered Nub, they came out with Cain, a brand blended primarily with strong and spicy Nicaraguan Ligero tobaccos on the inside. Cain cigars are well known for their intensity and their value. Cain Nub packs the palate-searing taste of classic Cain cigars into the short compact shape of Nub. If you like strong, peppery cigars in a short size, add Cain Nub to your rotation. The 90-rated cigar comes in Nicaraguan, Habano, and Maduro wrappers and is loaded with notes of hickory, cayenne, black pepper, and leather in every puff.

Strength: Full
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan

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6.  Nub Nuance

Nub Nuance is a non-traditional flavored cigar. Because the fat shape of Nub was such a hit, the folks at Oliva decided to create a collection for fans of flavored cigars. Each edition is infused with authentic coffee flavors. Single Roast is a creamy Cappuccino blend. Double Roast delivers milky notes of caramel and chocolate like a Macchiato. Triple Roast is bittersweet and smoky with toasted notes of dark cocoa and espresso. 

Strength: Flavored
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut, Sumatra

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If Nub is tempting your taste buds in every conceivable way, consider one of our top-selling Nub samplers. All four classic Nub blends are represented in the Nub 8-Cigar Sampler and in the 20-cigar Nub ‘Stub Club’ Monster Deal. Tour the tenacious taste of Cain in the 15-cigar Cain Nub ‘Troll’s Envy’ Sampler. You can even sampler flavored Nub cigars in the 20-cigar Nub ‘Barista’s Choice’ Monster Deal. Save big by sampling Nub for the lowest prices in the country in one of our ultra-popular cigar assortments.  

No discussion of Nub is complete without mentioning Rocky Patel Mulligans Groundhog, an excellent alternative to classic Nub cigars for a fraction of the price. Rocky Patel’s love of short fat shapes motivated him to blend an inexpensive collection of plump 4 x 60 beauties. While Rocky’s Groundhog may not be quite as good as the authentic Nub brand, dozens of verified buyers have left glowing reviews of it and they only cost $2.49 apiece. Add a bundle to your coolerdor and let us know you think. 

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