If there’s anything one can respect about a company, it’s when they continually produce a product that doesn’t disappoint. Owner of Nomad Cigar Company Fred Rewey seems to me, the type of person that understands this philosophy and embraces it. I reviewed the Esteli Lot 1386 a while back. That being the first step into Nicaraguan cigars rather than the usual Dominican from Nomad, proved worthwhile, producing a cigar that was different from the original lines yet just as excellent. The S-307, subject of this review, marks the second Nicaraguan blend by Nomad and also adds another dynamic, box-pressed. Also notable is the S, meaning Sumatra.
The Nomad S-307 is manufactured in the factory Of AJ Fernandez in Nicaragua and distributed by The House of Emilio. As previously mentioned the “S” stands for Sumatra, and the “307” references the square miles of Esteli. It is available in three vitolas; Toro, Robusto, and Torpedo, the Toro being subject of this review.
Construction & Pre-Light; 18/20
The S-307 as stated is a box pressed cigar. It sports an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and Nicaraguan filler. There were no visible veins in the two I smoked. Slightly noticeable wrapper seams were present yet not terribly noticeable. Pre-light sniff offered some sweet notes, spice, and coffee notes. A whiff of the foot offered some natural tobacco, spice, and a hint of sweetness. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave me natural tobacco, sweet notes, and slight pepper spice.
The S-307 started up with some notes of wood and sweet floral hints. On the back of things was a very slight pepper. The wood and sweet notes were the primary players throughout the first third of the cigar. At times I picked up some notes of coffee as well.
The second third continued with the sweet notes, wood, and coffee. There also seemed to be some natural tobacco flavors in play. The pepper became a tad more evident but never very strong. Here and there I also thought that some leather was noticeable. I’ll have to try to smoke some more of these to check my notes. It won’t be hard, trust me.
The final third stayed true to the woody, sweet profile. The pepper stayed at a nice even level keeping the cigar nice and smooth. The coffee was pretty much an after thought, although I thought I still noticed it from time to time. The cigar is a must nubber and delicious to the very end.
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
The draw was absolutely perfect. Plenty of great smoke from pull to pull. 20/20
The burn for the most part was nice and even. I noticed some wavy moments in the second third but nothing that got out of hand. 17/20
The ash throughout the first third was perfect. In the second third it seemed a tad less strong but nothing that caused problems. 18/20
Nomad Cigar Company has definitely become one of my favorite companies. The continuing devotion to excellence speaks volumes of Fred’s character and caring for his lines. The result of his hard work and enthusiasm shows in his offerings. I’ve said in a tweet that I’ve never met a Nomad I didn’t like, I’m glad it has stayed that way and have high hopes for the future. This is another box-worthy cigar from Nomad. Try it you won’t be sorry. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan
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