After reviewing the Nub Café Cappuccino I was eager to move on to the Nub Café Espresso. Being a huge coffee nerd, it gave me an opportunity to try my hand at various coffee pairings.
The Nub Café series is produced in the Dominican Republic by General Cigar Co. on behalf of Oliva Cigars.
Available as a Cigarillo (4”x30), 354 Rothschild (3-3/4”x54), 438 Short Panatela (4”x38), 430 Tubo (4.7”x30), 460 Gordo (4”x60), and a 542 Corona (5”x42).
The nose reminds me of an aromatic pipe tobacco. I’m also getting the coffee infusion on top of initial nose.
The first few draws and I get an immediate vanilla sweetness. I’m not sure if that’s from the infusion process or whether these have a sweetened cap. The flavor profile is very light and smooth that finishes with a medium-plus strength vanilla. As the first third settles in I get some nutty flavors at a light to medium strength level. The nuttiness tends to linger on the tongue between draws. Some vegetal notes start to enter into the flavor profile once the first third has established itself. An earthy walnut combination most of the way through the first third.
The middle third still comprises the same flavors but is predominantly now sweet and nutty with a vegetal finish to each draw. Light-medium earthy notes start to enter in the mix, slightly on the tannic side. Once the middle third has established itself the vegetal flavor steps up to medium strength with light-medium coffee notes mixing in. As the middle third winds down the earthy flavor ramps up to medium-full.
The last third finds the tannic notes stepping up to medium strength which pushes the sweet and nutty combination to the background.
The Nub Café Espresso is an enjoyable cigar solo, but definitely hits its stride when paired with an espresso.
The nose reminds me of a Drew Estate Tabak Especial with a sweet cream and coffee combination. I used a v-cut and found it quite tight so moved up to an x-cut.
The first opens up very woody and sweet. The wood almost approaches pine.
Unfortunately my first espresso was under extracted but the sweetness from the Nub Café Espresso pairs brilliantly to offset it. The sweetness from the cigar really lingers post draw. If you take your espresso with sugar or sweetener I think you could skip it and the cigar would act as a great substitute.
After a few minutes the draw opens up. The retrohale was light and creamy with a light to medium strength dry woody character.
My second espresso is much better. Creamy, full bodied and some smokiness.
The wood picks up in the strength to medium level in the second third. At the halfway mark there’s some creamy and nutty notes, similar to peanuts.
The last third finds the sweetness falling to a light strength level and some earthy leather. There is some bitterness to the cigar halfway through the last third.
This is exactly what you want to pair with an espresso. I could go for this either in the morning or in the mid-afternoon.
While you could pair a variety of different beverages with a Connecticut wrapper in the case of the Nub Cappuccino, I think the coffee infusion on the Espresso adds an interesting dimension. The size means you could enjoy this over a lunch or coffee break and not be pressed for time.
No question I’ll be revisiting this pairing in the future.