I’m going to bring up twitter once again if you allow me the time to do so. There is a core group of cigar smokers in NYC who are very big into social media. We’ve all connected thanks to twitter. Granted some of us knew each other prior, but the media has allowed us to grow closer as a group. Recently we formed a NYC Social Media Cigar Club. We need a name. Anyway, I’ve gotten a lot of cigars that normally I wouldn’t have the opportunity to try. Today’s cigar is one of them, and it was brought to me by an individual who has grown to be very special to me.
I met her on Twitter, and via some messages to and from we decided to meet and have a cigar together. She works over at Nat Sherman and I met her there for a cigar. Lindsay Heller is her name, and she goes by @thecigarchick on twitter. Over the last month or so I have gotten to know the type of friend who comes along once in a lifetime. She has opened my eyes to life again, and I look forward to trying new things as our friendship grows. She gets me. She has given me a new found confidence that while it struggles to come out, it is beginning to emerge on a regular basis. My life has turned for the better since I met her. And I hope I am able to give her half of what she has given me as a friend in this short time.
She has recently launched her own website, http://www.lindsayheller.com where as New York City’s only female tobacconist she will share her thoughts on food, wine and cigars. Check out her site and I am sure you will see why I am crazy about her.
Today’s cigar was gifted to me by her at last nights meeting of the NYC Social Media Cigar Club. The cigar features my favorite filler tobacco which is Peruvian.
Cigar: Nat Sherman Gotham Westside
Size: 6.25 x 44 (Corona/#1400)
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder: Not Disclosed
Filler: Dominican Corojo, Piloto, Peruvian
Appearance and Construction (15/20): The Gotham Westide by Nat Sherman features a nice looking Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper. There are a few veins visible on the wrapper, but neon of them are out of the ordinary for this type of leaf. There are some imperfections on this flawlessly rolled cigar with seams that are hard to detect. These imperfections consist of slight tears in the leaf used to wrap the cigar. For me that isn’t something I want to see in a cigar. Most of the time it will not effect how a cigar smokes, but I know it is there and that weighs heavy on my mind. The cigar has no soft spots and a nice weight. The foot is well packed and the cap is perfectly placed.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): Before lighting up the cigar there was a distinct dark chocolate on the draw. There was also a touch of what I want to call marshmallow. Once the cigar is lit there is some pepper that fades revealing notes of earth and spices. As we enter the second third of the cigar I am occasionally teased with some notes of licorice as the cigar appears to be going through a transition. As we get to the final third of the cigar there is a rich dark chocolate note and a definite sweetness which I thought was from the Peruvian tobacco, but it turns out it is the Mata Fina wrapper. The Mata Fina wrapper is grown Bahia which is the same region sugar cane comes from. The cigar has a long sweet finish that was delicious.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): The cigar burns very even with a nice thin burn line. The ash of the cigar is a nice light gray color that is very tight, has no flake and is very strong. The draw of the cigar was ideal and there was a nice volume of smoke.
Overall (22/25): I’ve always thought of a maduro cigar in the traditional sense. A maduro is supposed to have a sweetness to it in my eyes. Today the maduro cigars coming out are all about strength and not about flavor. A traditional maduro that you might have tried is an Ashton Maduro or Avo Maduro. This cigar fits that mold too. For me in NYC, 8.00 is a cheaper alternative and a better one at that.
Price: $202.00 a box of 25 ($8.00 a stick)