I had my first ACID Kuba Kuba Maduro cigar today. It felt like a fat cigar in my fingers. Not my first choice size-wise, but I tried it. When I get a stick over 52 ring size, they seem a little chubby in my hand. I got to play with this one a while and then it became a little more familiar. I almost lose hold of the larger ring sizes and sometimes feel like I’m going to drop the thing. I even lose grip of it from my mouth.
This baby was a medium smoke and it took me a while to get used to it from the first puff for the fact it was a flavored wrapper and that threw me off. It was sweet and dark and that was not my idea of a cigar, but I got to enjoy it half-way down.
I picked the Drew Estate Kuba Kuba off the shelf in the humidor at Total Wine – after I found a Patron 3000 and a Punch Grand Cru Robusto that I already knew I’d like – when another guy reached in front of me to take one of these down. He exited the humidor and my curiosity took over and I reached for one too. I took the maduro instead of the natural since I’d only smoked a couple Maduros before that.
After the Padron and the Punch Grand Cru were gone for a week or so, I couldn’t resist the temptation to try the ACID Kuba Kuba Maduro and today was the day.
The draw was fairly easy and it burned pretty easily. The ash didn’t hang in there as long as my Punch Grand Cru or the Padron, but the color of the ash against the maduro wrapper made a handsome appearance to the eye.
This ACID Kuba Kuba Maduro smoked cool down close to the nub and had a consistent flavor until the last quarter of the smoke where it seemed to pick up a little peppery spice. Aside from the fact that I smoked it in a Palm Springs wind gusting to 40mph, it still felt to have a nice thick, smoky draw and the medium strength made it a pleasurable time.
I still like a few other picks better than this one, but it was a finely-made stick and it was nice for a try, even if I felt like it might jump from my hand.