Nub Cigars is a brand developed and distributed by Oliva Cigars. Nub cigars are remarkable for their unique, short, thick formats. The readily identifiable shapes available in the Nub franchise have garnered a tremendous following since their debut in 2008. Although the Oliva family is well-known for its namesake portfolio and an award-winning variety of traditional cigars, Nub was initially launched to test the market with a somewhat polarizing cigar format.
Nub cigars hover in the range of 3 3/4 to 4-inches long by a 54 to 66 ring gauge, while the 4 x 60 shape represents the brand’s bestselling format. Although much debate swirls over the notion of a cigar’s sweet spot (generally speaking, the final third of a cigar where a more conspicuous volume of oil, nicotine and flavor converges), Nub has undeniably captured an audience.
Although Oliva’s scrutiny was well-placed, Nub quickly grew into more than a fleeting sensation and proved the company’s calculated risk was worthwhile. A robust marketing campaign began in the wake of Nub’s unveiling, including numerous consumer events at fine tobacconists around the country where new cars and a motorcycle were given away.
Today, Nub enjoys a hearty following of cigar lovers who have come to embrace the brand’s blends and shapes and who show no signs of relenting. Nub cigars are handcrafted in Estelí, Nicaragua at the sprawling Oliva Cigars factory, with the same level of patience and discretion as other brands in the company’s portfolio, such as Oliva Serie V and Cigar Aficionado’s top-rated, former ‘#1 Cigar of the Year,’ Oliva Serie V Melanio.
Their skepticism largely revolves around the ratio between binder and filler tobaccos and the wrapper leaf that most traditional cigar shapes express – an equation Nub rejects with a flaunted magnification. Because the wrapper leaf on a typical cigar can contribute to sixty percent, or more, of the cigar’s flavor profile, is the wrapper’s effect not diluted in an expansive ring gauge? You could say yes.
Nub cigars actually burn slow due to their thick ring sizes and will last for a considerably longer duration than most cigar lovers would expect. They are designed to please smokers who like to get a big puff right off the bat. Quality blending has as much to do with Nub’s success as does the cigar’s carnival-esque shape.
Nub Cameroon utilizes a prized Cameroon wrapper from Africa and has garnered a 92-point rating in Cigar Aficionado for its medium to full-bodied earthy and nutty flavor. Nub Maduro is crafted from a succulent Maduro wrapper grown in Brazil over an easy-burning combination of Nicaraguan long-fillers that brim with notes of dark chocolate, wood and coffee beans.
And when you’re craving a short, stout format that displays a bit of creamy mellowness, Nub Connecticut harnesses just enough Nicaraguan spice, but focuses on semi-floral notes you can enjoy anytime of the day from an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper leaf. If Nub harbors as much curiosity for you as it has for a number of other cigar lovers, but you’re not sure which Nub cigar is the best fit, read a Nub cigar review.
A handful of our most popular assortments include each of the brand’s signature wrapper options, as well as Torpedo and even box-pressed Torpedo shapes. The brand’s portfolio also includes a flavored, coffee-infused line, called Nub Cafe, as well as Cain Nub, a rendition of Oliva’s beefier, Ligero-laden Cain blends in a variety of the short, fat Nub shapes.
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.
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.
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 (Scotch&Cigars). We can debate the sweet-spot theory all day, but here are the best Nub cigars to smoke to come to your own conclusions.