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Stogie Review: Acid Kuba Deluxe Tubo

18 Jun 2008

I received this cigar as a gift from someone who didn’t realize it wasn’t a “regular” cigar. Over the years, I I’ve had one or two adulterated cigars, and I smoked quite a few flavored pipe tobaccos long ago. So an “infused” cigar isn’t exactly my smoke of choice. But I thought I should give it a try. After all, lots of people smoke and enjoy flavored cigars from Drew, Heavenly, CAO, and others.

The second thing I noticed when I removed the cigar from the colorful aluminum tube was its appearance. Construction, the cap, the Sumatra wrapper—all appeared first-rate. It clipped easily and the burn was true, though the ash was loose.

But that couldn’t overcome the first, and most dominating, impression: an overwhelming floral perfume scent. Then, when I put the cigar to my lips, there was a syrupy sweetness that completely overpowered any tobacco taste. I felt as if I were bringing an old bottle of Log Cabin to my lips every time I puffed on the Kuba.

And when I puffed I thought I might have been smoking a potpourri sachet from your grandmother’s cedar chest. The combination of the flowers, herbs, and oils infused into the 6 inch by 50 ring gauge cigar nearly made me ill. Any flavors from the Nicaraguan binder and filler were totally lost. I put the Kuba down about half way through.

I was impressed that Drew put its website address and telephone number on the inside of the band, though I wondered why they didn’t include some information on the stick itself.

If you like this kind of cigar, I would recommend the Kuba Deluxe, though it does seem to be a little expensive (the price looks to be over $7 a stick). As you can tell, it isn’t for me. For that reason, I’m a little reluctant to give it a rating, but keeping that in mind, I feel I’ve got to give it one out of five stogies.

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George E

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13 Responses to “Stogie Review: Acid Kuba Deluxe Tubo”

  1. stinkie Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 8:10 am #

    George, these are definitely cigars that take a required taste. I had one long ago and found it to be very floral perfume ( I think I used the same words in my review). I also remember thinking I smelled like I came from a strip club after I finished it. Since it was my the first Acid I had I have not went back to that line. The thing that bothers me the most they will not tell you what they infuse them with (well I couldn't find that info). All in all I think it is a cigar to have if you are around a bunch of people that do not like the smell of regular cigars and your sweet tooth has kicked in.

  2. lauren Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 10:36 am #

    i agree with George and stinkie. I tried an Acid blondie when i first began smoking cigars (it was recommended to me by the tobacco shop I got mine from. They said it was a "girlie cigar" that was popular with the ladies)

    Be that as it may, I couldnt stomach the damn thing. It was as if in between puffs, someone took a squirt bottle of simple syrup, mixed in some dead flowers, added a touch of dr. pepper and squirted it in my mouth. I want to say I stopped midway, but I think I was closer to first third.

    I dont know what kind of ladies come in and buy this smoke from the tobacco shop I got this from, but its not any girl I know. In fact, I had heard it once said that,"if you can nub a blondie, you're all man!" and Im finding that to be very true.

    A few months back I decided to be fair and buy another of the Acid line from cigarbid and suprisingly, it wasnt terrible. I mean, it wasnt comparable to a padron or anything like that but already having contempt for Acids, it was pretty good. It was the "Acid Def Sea" or at least thats what Cbid called it. I did end up finding some information on this cigar from Cigars international:

    " A perfecto-shaped Double Torpedo size, the Def Sea is perhaps the finest cigar in the ACID line. The well cured Sumatra seed wrapper blankets this medium strength cigar with a reddish hue. Experimental blending of honey water, jasmine, and double cured sugar cane extract was the key to this masterpiece by Drew Estate & CI. "

    Just in my opinion it was more on the mild side and it wasnt overpoweringly sweet. I guess Im trying to say Acids arent exactly good cigars, but once in a while a second chance may prove to be not so bad afterall.

  3. Jon N. Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    I have mixed feelings on Acid cigars. Clearly they're meant for a designated audience, but exactly who that audience is is anyone's guess. The "Acid" name and kooky logo seem to suggest that the brand is targetting young males. But the flavorings seem to suggest a female demographic. Either way, neither I nor my girlfriend enjoy these things. If you're a cigar purist, you really shouldn't be smoking anything other than pure tobacco in your cigars, in my humble opinion.

    Drew Estates is welcome to try to change my mind on this issue, but to be honest, I don't see that happening anytime soon. 🙂

  4. jake Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 5:26 am #

    I really enjoyed the Kuba Kuba, I like a good Rocky Patel as well, but I found the Acid line to be a pleasant change of pace from the "traditional" cigar. It certainly is something that many won't like, but I would encourage everyone to try one at least once.

    Also, as a side note, If you take the cigar out of it's tube/cellophane and store it in a plastic bag away from your others, it mellows out the floral notes well, they are certainly there, but it isn't as over powering.

  5. Lou B. Monday, March 23, 2009 at 1:45 am #

    my wife and i tried a Kuba Kuba a couple of weeks ago in the hot tub. we picked up a sampler of flavoured cigars and it was a first. in the end i don't think infused cigars are for me. the entire time i wondering what the heck is that flavour? i think you guys hit it on the head, potpourri !!!! i guess i'm not a potpourri kind of guy. man up everyone!!

  6. Major T. Monday, May 11, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    I really enjoyed the Kuba Deluxe. Although I am still very much so a new cigar smoker, I still find that the Kuba Deluxe has been my favorite so far. I, however, am rather young [19]. I actually found the cigar in a shop and decided to spend a decent amount on a celebratory cigar to commerate the ending of my freshman year of college. At the time, I didn't even know what "cutting" a cigar was, to let you know how unexperienced I was. But, I held on to my Kuba Deluxe for about a month, smoked several cigars in that time and learned to appreciate some of the finer details of cigars. I did end up smoking my Kuba Deluxe and, as I said, I loved it. It seemed to have three distinct flavors, a sweet beginning, an oaky middle, and a spicy ending.

    I would highly recommend, but I'm not quite the aficionado that some others might be.

  7. Arnold Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 6:16 am #

    I like the acid cigars by Drew Estate. They never disappointed me and their price is not too high. I prefer the acid kuba kuba the most.

  8. Fred Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 7:09 am #

    You are right. Drew Estate Cigars are really good and worth their money.I think they deserve their place in any collection and / or humidor.

  9. Denise Monday, August 17, 2009 at 5:51 am #

    I recently bought this cigar not knowing it was infused, but just wanting to try all the cigars in the world. I was disgusted as soon as I put it in my mouth, but figured I should be open minded and give it a chance. I was disappointed when that super sweet taste did not dissipate. It was impossible to taste the actual tobacco and until I read this review I was convinced that I had just purchased a bad cigar and that I might want to try it again – thank God I didn't make that mistake again.

  10. Kronus Friday, October 9, 2009 at 3:32 am #

    I am a huge Maduro cigar enthusiast! Medium to full body cigars are my forte: Partagas, Hoyo de Monterey, Flor de A. Allones, Romeo y Julieta…just to name a few. When I first was introduced to Acid cigars, my best friend gave me the “low down” on them. He was very clear in letting me know that Acids are nothing like the status quo. They are flavored and they are “syrupy” so keep that in mind when you smoke them.

    So I did keep all of that in mind. I have to say I did like it even though the flavor was strong and it was difficult to taste the tobacco because the other flavors were over powering. But I did enjoy the “change up” from the norm.

    I kind of see this like when I drink a beer…there are times where I am in a Guinness mood and once in a while I’ll do a Black-n-Tan to change it. But then there are times I’m in the mood for Dos Equis Amber on Tap and that is all I would drink for a period of time just to change things up.

    I do like the Acids smell (and so does my wife) and the taste is consistence throughout the entire smoke which is better than most “flavored” cigars out there. (I do not smoke any other flavored cigar but Acids, tried others and didn’t like them).

    If you are looking for tobacco only flavored cigars then Acids are not what you are looking for. If you are looking for a fun change in your everyday cigar rut…then you may want to try the Acids for that change up.

  11. Bill in Scottsdale Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    As ugly as this may sound, I am a 20 yr cigar smoker who suffers from occasional bouts of asthma. (seasonal). Living in Phoenix with our spring/summer ozone alerts and fall/winter inversions it makes it tough to always enjoy a med-full bodied stogie. Although they will never admit to it, a R.T. from the Mayo on Shea Blvd., Scottsdale told me about the Acid brand a few yrs back and how it was a good alternative in times of lung stress. I don't expect the AMA or FDA to agree, but certain sticks from the Acid line keep you breathing just about normally. My favs: 1400cc, Infusion, Kuba Maduro. A bit much for me: Blondie, and Kuba Deluxe. Drew Estates breaks you out of your old fart way of life which really isn't a bad thing. But I still love a MonteCristo 2 –or when out of country "any" Diplomaticos at a beach bar while I sip rum and ponder the future of Fidel.

  12. HO JO Monday, February 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    all of the Acid cigars taste like Kim Kardashian's ass……which is a good thing

  13. jackel Monday, May 31, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    WOAH, i've always wanted to taste KK's arse….so maybe pickin' up some-a these bad boys is the next best thing!