Nick & Jim P.B.E Cigars – A Brilliant Collaboration!
Nick & Jim P.B.E a brand-new boutique-style line of premium cigars, is a collaborative effort between Nick Syris of LH Premium Cigars and “Island” Jim Robinson best known for producing Leaf by Oscar cigars and his own Island Jim brand produced under the Leaf by Oscar label.
When it was announced last year, the name of the cigar was Lavida Isla, a combination of Syris’ Lavida Habana brand and Robinson’s signature Island branding, but due to some legal naming rights issues, when finally released, it carried the simple moniker of Nick & Jim’s P.B.E, which stands for pre-band edition.
Regardless of the name, the blend remains the same. These cigars use an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper covering an Ecuadorian binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Peru. There is only one vitola—a 6 x 54-ring Toro—that comes packaged in handsome dress boxes of 20.
Syris produces his cigars out of the Tobaccos de Costa Rica factory in Costa Rica. This same factory is handling the production for the Nick & Jim P.B.E.
The Nick & Jim P.B.E. starts out with a mix of cedar, and zesty pepper components. As the cigar breaks in, cocoa, leather, cream, and a distinct earthy sweetness seamlessly meld with the core flavors. The finish is long lasting and creamy smooth. Overall, this a remarkably well-rounded full-flavored smoke, with enough balance and smoothness to entice smokers of all experience levels.
When it comes to the construction and burn, both are top-notch, as the Nick & Jim P.B.E. is packed solid, feels firm in the hand, and has little trouble maintaining a straight razor-sharp burn line that produces a solid white ash.
Syris has done an excellent job in building a solid reputation for his premium line of LH Cigars, and Robinson has done the same with his top-rated portfolio. Together, these stogie maestros have really hit out of the park with the Nick & Jim P.B.E. brand!