I first met Fred Rewey I believe at the Chattanooga Tweetup, and it was also my first introduction to the Nomad line. Perhaps one of the hardest working individuals in the industry he has built his cigar brand by pounding the pavement and hitting up store after to store. He is also one of the funniest twitter and Facebook accounts to follow as his don’t take anything to serious persona always has a wiseass comment about society worthy of a laugh.
However, are his cigars worthy of space in you humidor, and today we will look at the Nomad Lot S307 which is made at the AJ Fernandez factory in Nicaragua and was the first full production cigar for Nomad.
Cigar: Nomad Lot S307
Size: 5.5 x 46 (Corona)
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra
Binder: Ecuador Habano
Source: House of Emilio
The Look: This box pressed cigar has a few significant veins, and it actually looks larger than a corona in its pressed format. The brindle wrapper has variations in color from caramel to dark chocolate. The black, white and red band with silver foil denotes the brand name in the front, and the blend on the side (Lot S307). In the hand the cigar is firm with no soft spots and an average weight.
The Notes: The cold draw of the cigar actually reminds me of chow mein, I know that makes most of your roll your eyes but the cold draw of the cigar made me think of green peppers, pea pods (damn you Mr. Jonathan) and bok choy. The nose of the cigar served up some cedar and sweetness.
Once we light the cigar there are notes of some pepper and earth. Smoking deeper into the first third, I am rather impressed with the chocolate/caramel like aroma that compliments the sweetness that emerges just before the second third of the cigar.
As we approach the midway point of the Nomad S307 a sweetness forms and is noticeable on the lips. It is reminiscent of a sugar cookie. I enjoy how the cigar has transitioned from a slightly bitter start to a sweet cigar that is medium in body. As the second third comes to a close the aroma of the cigar changes to that of a strong coffee.
The last third of the smoke returned to its startup notes of pepper and earth, and the spice through the nose begins to tingle. Just after the band is removed the cigar becomes bitter with notes of leather and coffee and a serious bite of pepper on the tongue.
The Burn: The Nomad S307 is a slow burning cigar with a razor-thin burn line and a medium color gray ash that held on fairly well for a corona. The draw of the cigar was a tad to loose for my liking and I also needed to relight it once in the last third of the cigar.
Overall: The first two-thirds of the cigar was enjoyable and complex with nice flavor changes however, the last third of the cigar was a different story where it became a little to bitter for my personal taste. This is a cigar I would be curious to smoke in a robusto or toro before making a final decision on whether or not it belongs in my humidor.