Comprehensive Cigar Reviews

Review By: Karl

Studio Tobac Nub Cameroon 460 - Robusto 4.0 X 60




The idea of this cigar is to give you a cigar that is all sweet-spot and a slower burn time for it's size.  I have seen both short and long times based on the draw but I will say they tend to have good flavors.  I have had the Maduro and Habano before but this is my first time smoking the Cameroon so let's see how it goes.


Look and Feel: 

I can barely see seams which is great construction.  The veins are barely there which is also impressive.  The wrapper is a nice medium cameroon wrapper and not as toothy as they say. The rest of the tobacco is Nicaraguan, filler & binder.  The smell is a dark wood and tobacco.  Pre-lit draw is the same as the smell of the wrapper.  Seems packed really tight with tobacco...


Foot Third:

First draws have a bitter coffee flavor with a slight nutty note.  After a few draws into the cigar you get a finish of light white pepper and some cocoa on the draw.  The bitter coffee is there but had dialed it back a bit for the cocoa.  A little espresso has taken over for the bitter coffee (I know they are close but it is deeper know).  The finish of white and some light cayenne pepper are present on a long finish!   Nice white ash that holds well with a sharp burn and a good draw...little open but still good. Moderate smoke and the body is on the lighter side of medium. 


Body Third:

Moving to the body third, the espresso flavors and moved to a smoother coffee flavor.  The retrohale is pretty spicy but I saw that coming with the cayenne pepper still somewhat present on the finish but the pepper notes have kicked down a level.  A little earth is added to the coffee and a slight milk chocolate but the other flavors on the draw are gone.  Way more transitions than I expected on a 4" cigar...  The cigar has settled into a groove in the body and is staying consistent but since it already had so many transitions, I'm good with a smooth relaxing body. 

 

Head Third:
Moving to the last third, the flavors of the body are muted and a little herbal grassy note to the palate.  A little bit of white pepper came back on the draw with tobacco and woody notes, darker than cedar though.  (Mahogany?)  The grassy and mineral type flavor remains present to the end of the cigar.  A slight bitterness comes in half way though this third and even more so at the end.  The draw did get a little hot earlier than I would have liked but the burn remained sharp and the ash was in two chunks for the entire cigar.  The last third did hurt my overall impressions of this cigar unfortunately.       

Summary:

This cigar did surprise me as I thought it would be pretty straight ahead and it really did have transitions throughout.  The first third had the most but it kept me looking for another that may or may not come up.  The coffee, wood, and cocoa notes were around the entire time but the pepper stepped back each third of the cigar.  I don't normally look for white pepper or cayenne past the beginning as it can be too much but I wanted it to make a come back with this stick because it was done so well in the first third.  This was a very nice stick for a fairly budget focused line.  The burn is about what a robusto would be and the balance was good until later in the head third.  Maybe the bitterness came from the warm draw but it was not ideal.  Good everyday smoke but I prefer the maduro over this Cameroon Nub.  If I were to rate this on the first two thirds only it would be 3 points higher.


Look & Feel:
93


Construction:
90

Flavor & Balance:

87

Value:
85

Overall Rating:

88


 

Review By: Matt

How we rate cigars?

Studio Tobac is an Oliva brand that offers a different variety with different profiles highlighted by Cain and Nub.  They also use this brand to provide lines specific to some stores or limited in distribution.

Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.

 

Construction
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.

 

Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.


Value
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price


Overall Rating
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience. 




Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

Tobac Studio

Studio Tobac Nub Connecticut – Rothschild 4.0 X 60




For me, Nub sticks give me the benefit of a quality cigar with the convenience of quicker smoke. There are a number of varieties to choose from, with the Connecticut being the mildest of them all. You can expect to pay right around $7 bucks for a single, but I did a variety 12-pack of the Tubos that included three each of the Maduro, Cameroon, Habano, and of course the Connecticut, which brought the per-stick cost down to about $5 bucks and I think that’s the price point where these belong. Let’s get started!


Look and Feel: 

The cigar is nice and tight, and very densely packed. With its single cap and seams clearly visible, the Connecticut wrapper is toothy in appearance but not oily to the touch, and the veining is plentiful. This one has no cellophane (Tubo), so right out of the humidor the smell of the stick is light and refreshing. The pre-light draw reveals a hay-like grassy flavor and a mellow creaminess.


Foot Third:

Immediately after lighting, what you get is simply a mild and creamy tobacco flavor. It’s very nutty, with strong notes of toasted almond. Black coffee pulls in a bit of bitterness, and a nice peppery finish gives a slight punch to each draw.


Body Third:

As the flavors mature, strong black coffee is still present, but the bitterness has faded significantly. I get a bit of whiskey here on the back end that marries really well with the peppery finish. The almond and other nutty flavors help to blend and smooth all of the other notes.

 

Head Third:
The bitterness is all but gone at this point, and even the pepper has mellowed in intensity. Almonds and coffee continue to be the prevailing flavors. While there is nothing harsh or unpleasant about the taste, there is a lack of depth that is mildly disappointing.

Summary:

The absence of depth and complexity wasn’t unexpected, as this is fairly typical of a value Connecticut blend stick, so I don’t think it detracts from the overall experience. Lasting only about 45 minutes, it was a solid cigar and a very enjoyable smoke.


Look & Feel:
86


Construction:
90

Flavor & Balance:

89

Value:
87

Overall Rating:

88

70-80 Points - Poor to Fair          81-90 Points - Fair to Good          91-96 - Excellent          97-100 - Epic

Studio Tobac Wrath Habano - Robusto 5.0 X 54




Wrath is an everyday cigar made by Studio Tobac (Oliva company) and offers good flavors with some spiciness to the profile.  This brand is a Thompson Cigar only brand so far but was well worth the test for $60.00 a box.  In the past the draws have been a little too open but we shall see...


Look and Feel: 

Tight seems with light veins and a nice consistent habano wrapper.  Double cap on the head and tight feeling pack.  Interesting that it feels tight but when you look at the foot, it doesn't look tight.  Pre-lit draw is pure cedar a slight hint of sweetness.


Foot Third:

To start you get a sweet woody note with tobacco flavors and a finish that turns to a pepper with a hint of cinnamon.  The finish is long too, starts to calm down when you are ready for the next draw.  The draw is really wide open so you need to be careful to not burn the cigar too quickly.  (little too open)  The burn is nice and straight so far.  A slight cream comes in about half way to this third as the pepper steps back a bit.  Medium in body at this point of the cigar.


Body Third:

The flavors stay fairly consistent except for the wood notes are barely there.  Mainly a tobacco with a little cream, pepper, and cinnamon.  Very balanced and medium in body at the most.  I had to touch up the burn a little but it correct quickly.  Not overly complex but for a value cigar, it is smooth and pleasant to the palate.  The retrohale is pretty spicy so it can be too strong for some.

 

Head Third:
The head third has the pepper make a minor comeback but the cinnamon is gone.  The profile remains basically the same and there is little transition to this third.  The burn is off and on so it is not razor sharp.  The finish is shorter than the first two thirds.  The burn did get warm a little early but the flavors remained consistent to the end.  

Summary:

As an everyday level cigar this is a decent stick.  I would say it performed well for its price point but would prefer a slightly tighter draw, better burn, and a few more transitions.  Tobacco, wood and pepper with hints of cream is the profile of this stick.  The body is medium at most but the spice of the pepper adds a nice kick to the body from time to time.  This is a nice cigar for a poker night or golf outing but not a stick to smoke when you are looking to immerse yourself in the smoking experience. 


Look & Feel:
90


Construction:
86

Flavor & Balance:

88

Value:
88

Overall Rating:

87


 

Review By: Karl