Brand: Nat Sherman Country: Dominican Republic
Size: No. 2 (6.25 x 52) Wrapper: Honduran
The Label Factor:
Hey, this label looks like a watch! It took me an embarrassingly long time to connect that dot with the name of the cigar. Aside from making me feel dumb, the retro looking label on this cigar really breaks the mold in a way that’s unique without being gimmicky.
What We Liked:
The Nat Sherman Timeless looks incredible. It’s the kind of cigar that you could easily spend a few minutes simply appreciating the construction. The oily, chocolate-brown wrapper is perfectly smooth and the No.2 smoked like an even, smoke-filled dream.
This cigar is truly different from anything else I’ve ever smoked. There was a particular flavor taunting me throughout the entire smoke that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. It was a really frustrating feeling of knowing the flavor was familiar in some way, but not being able to pinpoint it. Well, good news! I figured it out. Citrus. This cigar has a really subtle, yet distinct citrus flavor to it. If I were to be really pretentious, I’d say it’s an orange blossom flavor because on top of the citrus, there are also some floral qualities. I won’t say citrus blossom though because that’s probably it’s own flavor, apart from citrus and floral…
Don’t read “citrus” and think that this cigar is sweet. This is one of the LEAST sweet sticks I’ve ever smoked. On the finish, there’s a significant amount of spice and wood. The spice is less pepper and more of a dry, clove or allspice taste. That’s a bit too specific. For science, imagine taking a variety of spices from your spice rack and mixing them together. That should give you an idea of what to expect on the finish. These flavors combine in a strange way and make for one of the most unique flavor profiles that I’ve ever experienced in a cigar.
What We Didn’t Like:
We smoked two of these for the purpose of this review. 50% of the Nat Shermans we smoked (aka, one of them) had a terrible harsh bitterness that appeared near the end. Things went from citrusy bliss to bitter grossness in the span of two puffs. No idea why. Because this only affected one of the two cigars, it’s possibly just a fluke. I’m a bit leery to try another now. The distinct flavors in the early part of the smoke weren’t good enough to risk the unpleasantness at the end.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Yes, but I hope you don’t lose and get one of the bitter ones. I conducted an exhaustive survey (n=2) and concluded that 50% of the Nat Sherman Timeless cigars have some strange bitterness that occurs in the final two inches of the cigar. To ensure a 100% chance of avoiding bitterness, either 1) don’t buy this cigar, or 2) stop smoking before the final two inches. Weird and probably fluky harshness aside, this cigar is tasty and truly unique flavor-wise. It’s definitely worth a shot.