It had been two, no, three months since I last tasted a cigar, of any sort, worth writing about or no. So, when I received word from my friend Becky that I should expect a small ration of cigars I was ecstatic. Amongst my regulars (she knows my preferences well) was a NUB. The NUB is a cigar the theory of which had for some time intrigued me. Most cigars have a “sweet spot” the part some time after you light the cigar and before it becomes bitter. The idea of the NUB is that, through expert shaping rolling and blending, you could somehow produce a cigar which maintains the intended flavor from start to finish. The NUB does a splendid job of consistency. I can certainly attest to its ability to hold the same flavor. The flavor though, is terribly lackluster. It simply isn’t remarkable in any single way. It starts bland, and finishes the same. It really just falls well beneath even the standards of a casual cigar, even one you would want to take backstage to activities or conversation. A first try by Sam Leccia a sales rep for Olivia, the NUB could still be a good learning experience. If the same technique could be applied to a cigar with more character as far as flavor goes, he would have a winner. For now, I am left feeling rather bitter about the whole experience especially as it had been so long since I had a fine cigar.