Nub Cameroon 358

Nub Cameroon 358

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : 358Nub Cigars
Size : 3 3/4 x 58
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each

If you ask a random cigar smoker about the Nub Cameroon 358, you may get any of a wide variety of responses. This is a cigar which seems to inspire love or hate reactions. They were quite popular when they were originally released, but since then, interest in them seems to have ebbed a bit.

Nub Cameroon 358 cigars are manufactured by Oliva Cigar Co. and marketed under the Studio Tobac name. The motto for the cigars is, “Just the sweet spot.” Nub Cameroon 358 is designed to be a relatively quick smoke with ideal flavors from start to finish. Does it measure up? I decided to find out.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★★
There is certainly nothing to complain about with the appearance of this cigar. Nub cigars are short and fat and very distinctive-looking, so much so that many smokers refer to cigars of that shape manufactured by any brand as “nubs.” The wrapper is medium brown and has an oily sheen and a smooth surface with just a few noticeable seams. The band is very classy and modern looking.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★★
I don’t have any complaints about construction either. The burn line was sharp from start to finish, only needing the occasional minor correction. The draw was also just about perfect, tight enough to offer minimal resistance.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★☆☆
Here is where I wasn’t all that impressed with the Nub Cameroon 358. The flavors weren’t bad, but it’s such a quick smoke that they don’t have much of a chance to evolve. In fact, I can’t even really describe much of a progression from start to finish. Flavors are bold at the start, mostly natural tobacco and coffee with a creamy backdrop. There is some spiciness which fades toward the middle. You then get toasted nuts and a bit of earth. The spices come back stronger toward the end. You can actually smoke it down to the nub, which is nice. It never gets too hot or harsh.

So why only 3/5 stars? There is nothing here which is particularly unique or original. I enjoyed the first part of the smoke the most. After that, the flavors seemed like they toned down a bit to me, and again, they had no room to evolve or change, so it got a bit dull.

Value : Rating: ★★★☆☆
In general, it is hard to complain about a cigar that costs around $6 a stick. So why did I dock two stars on value? Well, for one thing, this is a very short cigar, and as a result, you smoke it very fast. For that reason the price seems a little high. For another thing, the Nub Cameroon 358 used to cost around $5. A lot of people balked when the price went up, which is why I suspect the Nub Cameroon 358 has fallen somewhat out of favor. There are just too many other choices at the $6 price point which are more enticing.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★½☆
Despite the love or hate reactions I see to this cigar everywhere else, I neither loved nor hated the Nub Cameroon 358. I actually found it reasonably enjoyable, and I think in many ways it would be a perfect stogie for winter when you want to smoke something outside quickly before you get too cold. But the flavors could be a little more interesting, and the price could be about $1 lower. I think if the cost came back down, the Nub Cameroon 358 would be a more popular cigar again.