Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Size: 4 x 64 “464T-Torpedo”
Price: $6.75 by the box everywhere. $5.00 at BestCigarPrices.com
Here I am once again…late to the dance. But pal, Jason Harding at BCP, sent me a few of these for my enjoyment. So why not review them? Eh, buster?
A balmy, overcast day in Milwaukee. 8° going up to 21°. And not a sun drop in the sky. All clouds.
Things are slow on the free cigar distribution front to the Katman, so I came up with an idea. On my other blog, that I started in 2009 and left in 2011, I wrote about 700 reviews. For some reason, people still read them. I was in my infancy as a reviewer and I shudder when I read some of them.
There is a void amongst the A List reviewers: The good working man cigars. I couldn’t find the Berger & Argenti Clasico amongst them yesterday. So I went out and bought samplers galore. (Cousin to Pussy) I got some great cigars that are worth your time. I even bought a couple of the Famous House brands that are supposed to be very good.
Some of those samples are: (Montecristo Operation Hope 4 Pack-$24 on auction)= Montecristo 75th Edmundo Natural, Montecristo Classic #2 (BP) Natural, Montecristo Negra Belicoso Maduro, Montecristo White Toro Natural, Arturo Fuente Privada #1 Maduro, C. Torano 1916 Cameroon, Cohiba Robusto Natural, Partagas Robusto Natural, Perdomo 2 L.E. 2008 Robusto Natural, Avo Maduro Robusto Maduro, INCH By EPC No. 62 Maduro, RP Private Cellar Robusto Maduro, A Fuente Double Chateau Maduro, Cubao Belicoso, E.P. Carrillo Cardinal 52, El Cobre Double Fuerte, La Floridita Limited Edition, Montecristo Platinum, Montecristo White Rothschild, Murcielago Toro, Perdomo Patriarch, Kristoff Ligero Robusto Maduro, Signature Rocky Patel Robusto Maduro, and Surrogates Bone Crusher. This is just a little sampling of what I will be reviewing.
So I hope to hit the cigars that the big reviewers don’t have time for because they are so flooded with the brand new stuff and the stuff that hasn’t been released yet, that they don’t have time to think of the regular Joe. The smoker who shops with his wallet, and prays for the best. Like me.
The Nub line was released in 2008 and designed by Sam Leccia. Sam was a rock star because of this line of cigars. A cigar that takes you to the sweet spot in the first few puffs? Unheard of back then. And not a single Nub exceeds the length of 4”.
Smokers went nuts over them and couldn’t get enough. They were paying top dollar. Cbid bidders were paying over retail. Obviously, things have calmed down a bit.
The trick to this project is that the same amount of tobacco in a Churchill was rolled into a short big ring cigar.
Leccia came up with these blends in 2006 and shopped them. Oliva got them. The maduro was the last of the line up to be produced.
Leccia also created the Cain and Cain F lines. And then war broke out between Leccia and Oliva. They continued to produce the cigars but Leccia was no longer associated with the company. To make things worse, they clamped a contract loophole on him that would not allow him to blend any cigar for anyone, or himself, for 2-3 years. That had to have been pretty rough on Sam. But he came back with a flourish.
From the Oliva web site:
“The first step was to determine what blending techniques would result in the flavors and smoking characteristics he was seeking. This process involved deconstructing and analyzing some of his favorite cigars and researching the aging and curing of the tobacco leaf.
“Early results did not meet his satisfaction. Back to the drawing board he went, however this time he began to focus on finding the appropriate ring gauge and length, as the blended filler was showing promise, yet needed refinement.
“Through trial and error, it became apparent that larger ring gauges provided a cooler burning, longer smoking cigar while accenting the flavors and smoking qualities of his uniquely blended filler.”
The 464T is a masterpiece of construction. Solid as a rock. Invisible seams. Very few veins. And an impeccable cap. The cigar band is a simple brown and gold with “Nub” and “Maduro” written on it.
It takes a long time to toast the foot properly. The first puffs are dry and toasty. There is a bittersweet chocolate flavor. And a nice tobacco flavor. But this damn stick is almost impossible to hold in your mouth while typing. It feels like a stunt. The char line is spot on.
About ¼” into the cigar, spice hits me in the puss. My eyes water, my nose runs and my vision blurs. A sweetness appears while at the same time, so does toffee. And then some dark coffee.
Well, boys and girls; what I think we have here is the birth of the New Breed Tattooed Ones style of blending. Sam Leccia is its father. I haven’t had a NUB since they were very new. The sweet spot hits almost immediately which surprises me.
One of my criticisms is that Oliva makes comparisons between the size of the Nub and its opposing normal sized cigar. This stick is supposed to last as long as a Churchill. And I don’t remember them lasting as long as advertised. The size and shape make this cigar very difficult to smoke. And in order to really finish the cigar, one needs an implement to hold the cigar at the end.
By the half inch mark, the cigar is certainly a flavor bomb. Creaminess appears and rounds things out. The char line is a bit wavy and I correct it. The grip required by one’s teeth to hold on to this stick is akin to a gila monster.
The flavor profile has all the components of most Nicaraguan puros. The cap is disintegrating on me so I clip it and the ash falls off.
Flavors are: Cocoa, sweetness, creaminess, toffee, nuts, coffee, and some leather. The toffee tastes like a Heath Bar.
Clipping the cap to a flat surface makes it immeasurably easier to hold in my mouth. I was worried at the first snip that if I did this, I might screw up the wrapper but so far, so good.
The strength starts out as classic medium but by the 1-1/2” mark, it is medium/full rarin’ to go all the way. It’s taken me 20 minutes to get this far.
The halfway mark presents a more refined flavor profile. It has candy bar status. It “is” a Heath Bar. The Brazilian wrapper brings an earthiness and richness to the cigar.
The cigar finishes up very full bodied. Nicotine galore. (Pussy’s uncle) But, again, I find it very difficult to finish it without an implement to hold the nub; pardon the pun. I have three of them and I can’t find a single one so I use a refrigerator clip magnet. Sort of a roach clip.
I do get an hour’s full of enjoyment from this stick. While it may vary from smoker to smoker how long a Churchill takes to smoke, I think the Oliva folks are close enough for jazz.
This was a very pleasant smoking experience. So flavorful right from the start and becoming more refined and delicious as it nubbed out.
But I didn’t really get to nub the cigar. My biggest criticism of this brand is that it is damn near impossible to finish it without an implement to hold it. My improvised roach clip didn’t cut it. So I really couldn’t finish it. Plus, the cigar sort of fell apart on me at the end. Probably the cold weather.
Thanks again to Jason at BCP for the samples.
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