Size: 6 ¼’ x 52 Ring
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
When this cigar was initially released, I had the same preconceived notions that have plagued the Nat Sherman brand for the last couple of years. Upon finding out that this cigar had made the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 list coming in at #10, I decided to pick one up and see what all the fuss was about. Finding out Manuel Quesada was behind the blend (who is also behind the well decorated Casa Magna line) didn’t hurt much either...
Pre-Light: The cigar had a nice, smooth medium brown colored wrapper with very few noticeable veins. The foot had a faint barnyard aroma with a hint of pepper and caramel. The cold draw had a prominent cedar characteristic with a slight hint of pepper on the finish and just the right amount of resistance.
First 1/3: The cedar note picked up in the pre-light draw was the dominant flavor in the first 1/3. There was a hint of a ginger note with a fair amount of pepper on the retrohale. The cigar started right around a medium body.
Second 1/3: Right at the transition point between the first and second 1/3s of the cigar, there was a big pick up in the pepper. The pepper subsided after a few puffs, but it lingered on the finish. There was a slight sweetness to it, but very faint. It reminded me a bit of a salt caramel taste.
Final 1/3: The body began to pick up a little bit as did the spice. The pepper lingered on the tip of the tongue as the cedar stayed consistent. There was also a slight hint of graham cracker on the palate. It ended in more of a medium-full range with the cedar and pepper carrying it through to the end.
Final thoughts: The Nat Sherman Timeless was a surprise. It was a solid cigar all around with no draw or burn problems that delivered a cedar tasting, medium bodied smoke with a slight peppery finish. The aroma was very pleasant and the burn was slow and steady. If you are a fan of a nice cedar note or are looking to enjoy a unique medium to medium-full cigar, the Timeless is a nice pick.
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