Nomad is a name that has become well-known to many a cigar smoker. Fred Rewey being as engaging as he is, and offering top-notch cigars, distributed by Emilio Cigars, is a recipe for success. I was unable to attend IPCPR where the 1386 was released but Fred was generous enough to send me a few. I gifted one to a fellow BOTL, and kept two for myself to smoke and review, kind of wish I kept all three…
The Nomad LE Esteli Lot 1386 sports the normal Ecuadorian Habano wrapper we’ve grown accustomed to from the original Nomad lines. The binder and filler however have moved from Dominican to both Nicaraguan.
Construction & Pre-Light; 18/20
The 1386 is a very well put together cigar, as I’ve noticed in all of the Nomads I’ve smoked. I noticed one prominent vein and no wrapper seams. The cigar felt superbly packed from foot to nub. A sniff gave some natural tobacco and earth. The foot gave a nice sense of spice and earth. Straight cut to the gorgeous cap and the dry draw was of earth, spice, and tobacco.
The 1386 opened up with some pepper and coffee notes. Throughout the first third I noted a nice amount of pepper especially on the retrohale. Also notable was a nice creamy note. The first third was a change from what I’ve noticed in other Nomads and very enjoyable at that.
The second third saw some earth and grassy notes introduced. The coffee was there yet not as prominent. The creamy notes stayed in play keeping a nice smooth feel on the palate. The retrohale still kept with the peppery feel.
The final third came back to the beginning of the cigar only with more pepper added to the mix. I noted a good amount of natural tobacco and pepper. It made for a strong finish, one that I didn’t expect but have become accustomed to with Nicaraguan blends. No problem nubbing this baby out.
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
The draw was perfect, no complaints at all. Nice ample smoke from beginning to end. 20/20
The burn was pretty good. a little wavy here and there, but corrected with no lighter assistance. 18/20
The ash was, as to be expected with a Nomad, superb. Strong and held on for a good amount of the first third into the second. 20/20
I went into this with high expectations, which at times I feel is not the correct course of action. However in this instance I was not let down. Having enjoyed Fred’s blends in the past, and being a Nicaraguan enthusiast, I couldn’t wait to smoke this cigar and am glad I had the chance. The 1386 is to be extremely limited, so if you have the chance DO NOT pass it up. I know that should I find more I will scoop them up without any thought. The Nomad LE Esteli Lot 1386 is a fabulous addition to the cigar industry, and in my humble opinion Fred’s best yet! As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan
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