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Oliva/ Studio Tabac Cain Daytona 550 (Robusto)4.5 Star Ratingtuck04111/20/2020 6:27 PM
Humidor time: 305 days
Appearance and construction: A couple of prominent veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (11/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with nothing I can describe other than lots of spice on retro.  Flavorful but nondescript... The spice in the nose faded quickly leaving a hint of it in the mouth, then it ramped back up in the 2nd third in both places.  Also got a hint of wood in the 2nd third which ramped up in the last third. Quite tasty  overall and close to my wheelhouse for a medium stick. Strength was about medium. (23/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling on my shirt at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. Things were then uneventful to the nub with draw and smoke output being optimal throughout. Only complaint is this was a bit of a loosely packed, quick burner. (24/25)

Overall impression: I had the 543 version of this stick awhile back and reported getting coffee and leather in that one, of which I got neither in this one, but no matter, this was a fine smoke and one I'd happily smoke again.  I'll have to see if it comes in larger vitolas... (32/35)

Burn time: 1:05
Rating: 90
Kristoff Habano Robusto3 Star Ratingtuck04111/20/2020 2:12 PM
Humidor time: 305 days
Appearance and construction: A couple of prominent veins, an oily sheen, a very dark wrapper, a firm pack with no soft spots, a pigtail cap, a closed foot, and one loose seam near the foot... Clipped the pigtail off with the guillotine and PLD was moderately open. (11/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of earthy tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of leather and black pepper and a hint of chocolate. Not bad, but it was missing something that might have put it closer to my wheelhouse. Strength was about medium. (18/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, decent smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn line quickly got wavy when it ran into the aforementioned loose seam and then got lop-sided as the wrapper separated from the binder. I held off on giving it a touch-up and somehow it never needed one as the burn proceeded fairly evenly underneath the loose wrapper with the wrapper on that side eventually falling off on its own. There was another small wrapper crack at the bottom edge of the band, but the burn line proceeded through this without incident and I managed to nurse the stick all the way to the nub without applying any touch-ups. Draw and smoke output never quite reached optimal. (16/25)

Overall impression: Not the most maintenance-free smoke and the flavors weren't amazing, so it's not one I'd be looking to smoke again. This one may have had a re-blend since it was entered in the DB here as the dark wrapper was more what I'd call "Oscuro" and not "Colorado" as it's listed here. And it may not even be available anymore as I don't see it listed at CI currently.  No big loss... (19/35)

Burn time: 1:37
Rating: 64
Oliva/ Studio Tabac Nub 460 Cameroon4 Star Ratingtuck04111/20/2020 8:37 AM
Humidor time: 312 days
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, and a firm pack with two small soft spots near the head... Gave it a double V-cut, which caused part of the cap to come loose, but the wrapper stayed intact and no further problems were encountered. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of coffee and spice and a hint of cocoa. This stayed consistent throughout the smoke and reminded me of the Serie G profile, which is what I suspect this stick is. Strength was about medium or a bit less. (20/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, decent smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub apart from draw and smoke output never quite reaching optimal. (22/25)

Overall impression: Not one I'll be looking to get more of, but it was a perfectly functional and pleasant enough smoke for an early morning puff session in front of the boob tube. (27/35)

Burn time: 1:12
Rating: 81
Inferno (by Oliva) Singe Robusto3.5 Star Ratingtuck04111/19/2020 7:22 PM
Humidor time: 312 days
Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, a firm pack with no soft spots, and a small wrapper split at the foot... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of chocolate. The light gave a medium/full profile with hints of chocolate and spice. The spice faded quickly with the body receding to medium in the first third and this stayed consistent for the duration.  Not bad, but pretty one dimensional and not that interesting. Strength was about medium. (18/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, decent smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub apart from smoke volume never quite reaching optimal. (22/25)

Overall impression: Pretty decent, slow-burning smoke, this one, although the flavors, as mentioned above were ultimately not all that interesting and smoke output could have been better. I'd smoke it again, although I probably won't be buying more of these. (25/35)

Burn time: Who freaking knows as I forgot to note the light time but it was probably close to 1:30 as this was a tightly packed slow-burner.
Rating: 77
Oliva/ Studio Tabac Cain Habano 460 (Cain Habano Nub)4.5 Star Ratingtuck04111/19/2020 2:41 PM
Humidor time: 304 days
Appearance and construction: A couple of veins, a light sheen, and a firm pack with one small soft spot near the head... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a muted note of coffee, a hint of black pepper, and a spicy retro. The spice in the nose faded through the first third with a hint of wood appearing in the 2nd third. Quite tasty... Strength was about medium or a bit better. (23/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even with a bit of self-correction through the first third followed by the ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a cone.  Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout. (24/25)

Overall impression: This one was exactly what you'd expect from this brand - flavor, check, construction, check, nothing here to dislike and I'd gladly smoke this one again. (32/35)

Burn time: 1:20
Rating: 91
Nicaraguan Gordo 2nds (cigar.com) 60 Habano4 Star Ratingtuck04111/19/2020 11:34 AM
Humidor time: 338 days
Appearance and construction: A few veins and bumps, an oily sheen, a moderately firm pack with no soft spots, and no obvious reason why this was a 2nd... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with notes of wood and spice, similar to that of the Oliva Nub 460 Habano... Strength was about medium.  I enjoyed the taste of this one more than I did the Oliva Nub 460 Habano, possibly because the construction issues I had with that one detracted from the experience, but the profile of this one, while being very pleasant, still wasn't completely in my wheelhouse.  (20/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash dropping at 1 1/2' leaving a cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout. (24/25)

Overall impression: This is an Oliva Nub 2nd and I think it's probably the 2nd of the Nub 460 Habano.  Oliva makes only two "Habano" sticks in this size that I know of, the Nub 460 Habano and the Cain Nub 460 Habano. I haven't smoked the latter stick yet (up next), but the wrapper shade of this one seems to match the Nub 460 a bit closer than the Cain stick, which has a slightly darker wrapper (see pic below which shows the two production sticks on either side of this one). At any rate, this was a fine smoke and was everything the Nub 460 Habano wasn't in terms of construction and burn. For the price these can be had for on C-bid, this one's a bargain and I'm happy I have a bunch more to smoke up on the commute... (29/35)

Note: This stick came from CI, not cigar.com.

Note #2: Since posting this review, I've now smoked the Cain Nub 460 Habano and given that the flavor profile of that one is much fuller than this one, I'm even more certain this one is the 2nd of the Oliva Nub 460 Habano and not the Cain.

Burn time: 1:05
Rating: 85

Oliva/ Studio Tabac Nub 460 Habano1.5 Star Ratingtuck04111/19/2020 7:43 AM
Humidor time: 311 days
Appearance and construction: A few minor veins, a light sheen, a firm pack with no soft spots... and the wrapper was cracked on one side from the head down to under the band. Gave it a wide-ring punch, then applied some saliva to try and keep the cracked wrapper in check. PLD was moderately open. (11/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with notes of spice and wood, which wasn't too bad at first, but deteriorated as the smoke progressed.  Normally a spice/wood profile is right up my alley for a medium stick, but this one was just a bit off. Strength was about medium. (14/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. Things quickly went south from there as the burn started getting lop-sided right away with the un-burned side being the same side as the cracked wrapper at the head. I suspect these two things were not coincidental. After the burn line was an inch or so down on the good side with no progress being made on the opposite side, I gave it a touch-up. Draw and smoke output were also going south at this point. After the first ashing at about 1 1/2" on the good side, the stick was still burning unevenly so gave it a 2nd touch-up followed by the cracked wrapper worsening and finally disintegrating.  I continued trying to smoke it with just the binder keeping things in place, but the flavors were also increasingly lacking, so I finally dumped the last third. What a disaster this stick was... (5/25)



Overall impression: I've smoked a lot of Olivas and generally had very good luck with the construction aspect, and this was about the worst I've had so far.  Add the disappointing flavor profile and it's not one I'd be looking to get more of.  Not surprised to see the previous reviewer also had wrapper issues.  (4/35)

Burn time: 0:56
Rating: 34
Alec Bradley Sanctum Robusto4 Star Ratingtuck04111/18/2020 7:40 PM
Humidor time: 310 days
Appearance and construction: A few veins and bumps, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of earthy tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of coffee and spice and a hint of wood. Quite tasty and things got even tastier when a hint of chocolate appeared in the 2nd third. The last third went a bit south as the previous flavors dissipated into kind of a charred taste.  Strength was medium increasing to medium/full in the last third when I got a bit light-headed from this potent stick. (22/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. The burn got lop-sided after the 2nd ashing and needed a touch-up in the last third before the nub. (21/25)

Overall impression: This was a very tasty, enjoyable smoke for the first two thirds, but as noted above, the last third was less than optimal for both flavor and construction.  I'll enjoy smoking it again, though, as I have a few more.  (28/35)

Burn time: 1:25
Rating: 83
Oliva/ Studio Tabac Serie G Churchill Maduro4 Star Ratingtuck04111/18/2020 3:22 PM
Humidor time: 310 days
Appearance and construction: A couple of veins in the otherwise smooth, sharp box-pressed wrapper, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately tight. (13/15)

Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of coffee. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of coffee and leather and a nice and spicy retro. The spice faded through the first third followed by a hint of cocoa appearing in the 2nd third. Similar to the robusto version, although my review of that one says I was getting a note of black pepper and I didn't get that with this one.  Overall, this wasn't bad if not right in my wheelhouse.  Strength was about medium or a bit less (20/25)



Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, decent smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The draw and smoke output gradually improved through the first third while never quite reaching optimal and the burn evened out prior to the first ashing at 1 1/2" which let a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. (21/25)

Overall impression: Pretty nice smoke for a mid-day puff session while not being one I'd write home about.  Flavor was pleasant and construction was adequate, so I'd smoke it again and will as I have a few more.  (26/35)

Burn time: 1:48
Rating: 80
Vudu Priest No. 91.5 Star Ratingjunglepete1/18/2020 12:01 PM
Yech. They may be cheap at under $2 a stick, but there are better cigars out there for the same price. Tasted like a gigantic cigarette. Scratch that one off the list of a possible gem in disguise. Crappy side winding burn to boot.

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