Acid Acid Kuba Kuba

Published on August 29th, 2013 | by Siz

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Acid Kuba Kuba

9 / 10

Quick Review

I really enjoyed this Acid Kuba Kuba, the draw and burn were fantastic. The flavors were difficult to pinpoint, but very pleasurable to the palate. The sweetness off the wrapper can be a bit overwhelming at points, but the spice and coffee flavors in the retrohale help even everything out.

Stogie Specs

  • Made By:Drew Estate
  • Wrapper:Sumatra
  • Binder:Unknown
  • Filler:Unknown
  • Average Price:$9
  • Ring Gauge:54
  • Length:5"

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Review of: Acid Kuba Kuba
review:
Eric Scism
Price:
$9

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On August 29, 2013
Last modified:February 20, 2017

Summary:

I really enjoyed this Acid Kuba Kuba, the draw and burn were fantastic. The flavors were difficult to pinpoint, but very pleasurable to the palate. The sweetness off the wrapper can be a bit overwhelming at points, but the spice and coffee flavors in the retrohale help even everything out.

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Initial Thoughts

I know what most of you are thinking right now. Siz, you smoked and reviewed an Acid? A lot of cigar smoking purists would never touch these cigars because they are infused with flavors and they don’t let the natural tobacco flavors take you on a ride. Well to that I have to say, fooey. A lot of people start their cigar smoking journey with Acids and then move on to other cigars. So let’s not chop them down too much here. I mean everyone has to start somewhere. In fact I started my cigar smoking journey with Black n Milds way back in the day.  There’s nothing wrong with flavor infused cigars and I’m about to tell show you why.

Acid Kuba Kuba - Barrel

Acid Kuba Kuba – Barrel

To be honest, I have smoked quite a few Acids up to date. One of my hockey team buddies always gets a sampler pack from Cigar.com and he always has some Acid Deep Dish, which is similar to this Acid Kuba Kuba just in a different vitola. I’ve probably smoked at least half a dozen of the deep dish cigars by now, and I gotta tell ya… I don’t hate em’.

So why am I reviewing this cigar now? Well to be honest a couple of reasons I’ve had some people email me recently asking why I haven’t reviewed any Acids. So it got me thinking, I should probably go ahead and do that. The second reason, Jeremy and I were sitting at our local shop last week and we sat and watched two different groups of college kids come in an buy a boat load Acids among them all. We chatted with those guys and I asked them why they bought them, and they said they really enjoyed the flavors and weren’t into the ‘harsh’ taste of other cigars. I told them I understand, mentioned the site and told them to look at some of our recommendations to find less ‘harsh’ tasting cigars. So after all of that I figured the least I could do is smoke one and review it to give those guys a shout out. So enough of all that, let’s infuse ourselves into this review… That doesn’t quite work, it seemed forced, but I’m not deleting it. So forgive me.

Looks

This Acid Kuba Kuba looks like your typical cigar. It’s a parejo shape at 5×54 it’s not too big it’s actually a good size. The wrapper is a beautiful Sumatra wrapper with no huge veins or anything really ugly going on. It’s a light brown that is very smooth and flat. It looks very similar to a silky smooth Cameroon wrapper in fact. No big flaws in the wrapper, actually I can’t even see the seams on where this wrapper has been placed so the construction appears to be excellent.

Acid Kuba Kuba - Head

Acid Kuba Kuba – Head

Taking a look at the band you’ll noticed it’s a nice shiny blue label that says Acid diagonally across it. There are a few different colored bands and each one has a different set of infused flavors. The blue band seems to be the most popular, but I don’t have any real hard numbers to back that up. Simply that’s mainly what I see everyone smoking. Each size has a different name, this one being the Kuba Kuba, also seems to be one of the more popular sizes alongside the Blondie belicoso.

What I love about this cigar is all the packaging. The Acid logo is pretty cool. It’s got some guy with what appears to be dread nubs, not dread locks because they’re not long enough. Standing next to his sport bike with a fading sunset behind him. Pretty cool image if you ask me. Now do I want to be this guy? Nah, I hate motorcycles and would never want to ride on one. I have enough trouble balancing on a bicycle, plus I like the protection of steel doors around me when I’m doing 75 mph down the interstate. So I’ll pass on the bike. However, I do think it’s a very cool logo and packaging and it’s definitely different from the other Drew Estate stuff you see on the shelves.

Function

Time for all the pre-game fireworks. I take this Acid Kuba Kuba and gently roll the barrel between my fingers to check for any soft spots. None to be found here. In fact this stick has a really nice bounce back in the filler tobaccos. The cap doesn’t appear to be a triple cap. At least I can’t see multiple lines so I’m going to assume it’s just a single cap. I could be wrong, but I call em’ like I see em’. Taking a look at the foot the tobacco appears to be adequately bunched and I can’t see any stems in the tobacco. So it looks like we have some nice long filler tobacco in there.

Acid Kuba Kuba - Foot

Acid Kuba Kuba – Foot

Time to nip the cap and give it a dry run. The cold draw is superb on this cigar. The flavor hits me right out the gate, but more on that later. It has an excellent draw and I have to say I’m actually surprised. I guess I just thought because this cigar was infused that it wouldn’t be taken care of like another premium cigar. So far I’ve been wrong though. Well let’s toast the foot!

Smoking

After I finished toasting the foot, and getting this Acid Kuba Kuba ready to smoke. I started picking up on a very nice aroma. The smoke production was excellent right out of the gate. I began puffing to draw some air through and this thing drew fantastically and the ash that was beginning to form looked great. The first third smoked like a dream. I held and ash just over an inch before I decided it was time to let it go. I was smoking at my local shop and I didn’t want to make a mess on the floor that someone would have to clean up. So I decided to just drop it in the tray and continue puffing away (I’m a good rhymer).

Acid Kuba Kuba - 1st Third

Acid Kuba Kuba – 1st Third

The second third of this stick continued the same way, not a single draw or burn issue. I was just going to town on this thing and burning through it. I can see why people enjoy these so often. Great flavors and great construction. What more could you want?

The final third on my Acid Kuba Kuba was just as good as the first two. Perfect burn, fantastic draw not a single issue. It was incredibly relaxing to just sit back and smoke and not worry about construction issues or have to touch up the burn line. Everything was going off without a hitch which is exactly how it should be! Now for the part you have all been waiting for, the flavors.

Flavor

I’m not gonna lie, it’s very difficult to pinpoint these flavors on this Acid Kuba Kuba. I have a feeling Drew Estate did that on purpose. As I was getting ready to smoke this I pulled it out of the cellophane and got hit with a very floral bouquet aroma. I told Jeremy it was like opening a bottle of Herbal Essences shampoo, that’s what the wife buys at the house, so yeah I know what it smells like. It was just hitting me right in the nose with this floral sense. I can’t pin point a precise flower, but it’s overwhelmingly floral. When I started the pre draw the wrapper hit my lips and instantly I get this sweet candy flavor on my lips. The infused wrapper is just dripping with flavor. It’s like I stuck my tongue into a fun dip packet. It’s a little overwhelming at first, but then I begin to enjoy it.

Acid Kuba Kuba - 2nd Third

Acid Kuba Kuba – 2nd Third

The first third was more of the same, the sweetness on the lips is the most noticeable flavor. It’s a very sweet yet floral flavor. I’ve picked out something similar to cloves and fun dip. Very interesting, but I’m really enjoying it. What was very interesting to me though is the retrohale. I’m gonna jump out onto a limb here and guess that people that generally smoke Acids don’t retrohale them. But they are missing out on the whole experience when they don’t. What I loved about the retrohale is the fact you get some real cigar flavors. I picked up a good dose of spice, coffee and earthy notes from the retrohale. The floral notes are still there, but it gains some umph behind it. So I was really excited to experience that.

Acid Kuba Kuba - Nub

Acid Kuba Kuba – Nub

The second and final third of this Acid Kuba Kuba was more of the same. I did notice that the coffee flavors really began to pick up more in the second third especially in the retrohale. That makes me think this filler leaf is Nicaraguan, because those are typically flavors I pick up from Nicaraguan sticks. Either way I’ve really enjoyed this cigar all the way through.

Would I Buy It Again?

Yeah I wouldn’t be opposed to it, although $9 / stick is a little pricy.

Is It an Every Day Smoke?

Potentially if you could get a deal on a box.

Would I Buy a Box?

Ehh maybe, I’d rather buy a 5 pack. I would probably have to get another humidor for these sticks because I don’t want their flavors rubbing off on my other cigars.

Conclusion

Acid Kuba Kuba

Acid Kuba Kuba

Don’t knock it til you try it, that’s all I have to say. This Acid Kuba Kuba is an incredibly well made cigar, that draws and burns perfectly. The flavors might not be in your wheelhouse, but I think everyone should give these a try at least once. You may decide you hate them, or you may decide you kind of like them and wouldn’t turn them down, or you could end up loving them. Who knows, but you should at least give them a try.


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  • JAE

    great review siz

  • RyanClark

    Good stuff here. I just asked my Cigar mentor what his favorite is and to my surprise, he said ACID… After I got my wind back, I came back here and read your review. My faith has been restored; in my mentor, and in ACID. I think I’ll pick some of these up.

    • Ryan, I think the Acid’s have gotten a bad rap. Some people blow them off as not being a real premium cigar. They are indeed premium, they use incredible tobacco and just add some flavor. I’m glad you’ve come around on these I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

  • Patrick Mulcahy

    See these all the time and never tried any, I am actually one of the few people to get my cigar start on non flavored ones. May pick up a few of these and give them a try. Great review as always.

    • Siz

      Yeah Patrick most people just turn away from these. I’m hoping this review will actually convince some people to give em a try!

    • Yeah man I think too many people just turn away from these w/o giving them a try. Hopefully this review will convince them to at least try 1 or two!

  • todd bogan

    These are my goto cigars. There are other good ones out there, but I can smoke these in front of my wife and she will not complane. She loves the smell of these verse other cigars. Thanks for the review.

    • I wouldn’t say these are my go to, but they are definitely a fantastic cigar. I’m in the same boat, my wife loves to smell these cigars. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for checking out the review!

  • Isabella

    My boyfriend loves nothing more than a nice cigar. Almost daily. He has humidors at the house, office and for travel. These are some of his favorites! What I wanted to know is what other cigar would you recommend if he is partial to these and other nice cubans? I am trying to surprise him with some and this man has everything. If money was no object, and impressive is the goal, which cigar would you suggest? Thank you!!!

  • Scott

    I really enjoyed this cigar the first time I smokes one about a year ago, and it has become a favorite of mine. Thanks for the review 🙂

    • Scott thanks for stopping bye! Glad you enjoy this cigar. It’s not one that that’s regularly in the rotation, but it is a welcome change of pace!

  • Alan Kocak

    I’m actually just finishing one of these up as I read this review. Very well written and the flavor profile is spot on.

    • Alan, thanks man! Glad you enjoyed the review and that you found it was close to what you were experiencing as well. This is a great cigar that doesn’t get talked about as much as it should.

  • Lance

    Picked up a batch of 10 on a sale from CI. I have avoided infused for awhile, but man you are dead on. Love the aroma, the draw and the flavor. Your review is excellent. I plan to add these to my rotation and will definitely try some of your other recommendations.

  • Chris

    New to cigars in my thirties. Loving this one as we speak. Great review. I’ll be stopping back!

  • Trevor Moldovan

    I’ve recently gotten into cigars. I enjoyed the Acid Kuba Kuba. I’m currently deployed and the PX has a small selection of cigars so I started trying them out. They’re not stored properly so I’m sure they would be better back in the states at a proper shoo but I really enjoyed it for what it is. this Acid Kuba Kuba Definitely did have a sweet flavor I couldn’t pinpoint. Went well with my coffee probably go better with some whiskey.
    Would buy again but at 10$ a stick maybe not so much. Would make a nice weekly cigar.

  • jay forrest

    I’ve got to say, first I was entirely overwhelmed by this cigars sweetness, I bought one to try something new besides my usual la Gloria cubana. About half through the sweetness subsided to a manageable level,not sure if I had just gotten used to it or or if I rubbed the flavor off. I won’t be buying it again, however it’s not awful.

  • Miguel Rocha

    Drew Estate is where I started on my cigar smoking trail. I enjoyed the Natural line as well as the Acid line. Great start for a beginner in my opinion. Like I have grown to say, “Smoke em all to figure out what cigars your REALLY like!” Thanks for the review well done!

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