Recently, I dropped by the Nat Sherman Flag Ship store on 42nd street. It was my first trip down there. Barry, the original cigar smoker, has visited several times and you can read about one of the trips here. The flagship store certainly is a beauty, well appointed, and very comfortable. You feel right at home almost immediately with such a friendly helpful staff. They offer a wide array of smoking accessories, travel cases, cutters, lighters, as well as flasks, watches, and even glasses. After chatting with the staff and taking a quick tour of the lounge, I made my way to their Humidor to pick up a few sticks. I really hadn’t tried Nat Sherman cigars before so I picked out a selection of them to sample. You can check out their website at www.natsherman.com. Plus you can follow Michael Herklots (The Executive retail director and brand development manager) on twitter (@Michaelherklots) and the Nat Sherman twitter is (@Nat42nd). Nat Sherman is also on Facebook, and quite actively engaging customers, so check out their Facebook page as well.
Size: 6 x 43
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade / USA
Body: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: Most of Nat Sherman’s lines, aside from Timeless, have very simple elegant bands. The only difference on the band between the lines is the background color behind the Nat Sherman log. On the Host Selection this color is an attractive turquoise. The wrapper of the Host Selection is a light brown with very slight veins and a light oil. The cigar is firm in hand and has no visible flaws.
Flavor and Notes: Both the wrapper and foot of the Host Selection have notes of nuts, hay, and a light vanilla as well as a sweetness to the scent. The Cold draw produces flavors of earth, hay, and a light coffee.
Smoking Characteristics: The first draw kicks off with a light spice, hay, and earth. During the first third the spice mellows out almost instantly and there are notes of nuts, hay, and a light earth spice. The smoke is very full, creamy, rich, and smooth. A light vanilla taste is left on the lips after each draw, with a rich creamy nutty taste resting on the palate. The draw is excellent, easily producing a full body of cool smoke. The burn is also perfect, with over an inch of ash holding without any fear of breaking off.
In the second third the flavors from the first persist but a light coffee taste is introduced. The smoke is still very creamy, smooth, and sweet. The vanilla taste left on the lips between draws still lingers, and offers a great pairing to the flavor profile of the Nat Sherman Host Selection. The strength is mild, with only the slightest buzz setting in. Towards the end of this third the light earth spice mellows out to a very light earthy undertone.
During the final third the all of the flavors from the second remain, but now there is a light vanilla flavor within the smoke as well as resting on my lips. It smokes consistently till the nub when a sweet light graham cracker flavor takes over offering a pleasent ending to the smoking experience.
Conclusion: The Nat Sherman Host Selection is not a complex cigar, but a very well blended cigar. The flavors, while not complex, are very memorable, rich, and do not in any way fall flat. I would easily choose this stick over others that retail at a 30% higher price even if the price point was the same. First impressions mean everything, and Nat Sherman has wowed me. The cigars are just as impressive as the flagship store itself. It is a excellent memorable Connecticut cigar with a mild strength, but full body.
MSRP: $4.99 (Without tax, sadly at the Flagship store the price is far more substantial) But you can order a box of 25 from their site for 121.50 which works out to be slightly less than the single stick MSRP.
These are available for sale on Nat Sherman’s website here.