Nat Sherman is certainly a well known name in cigars and a piece of New York history. Recently Nat Sherman took back the distribution of their brands and hired Michael Herklots to help manage their brands and retail operations. One of the steps Herklots has taken to widen the appeal of Nat Sherman cigars was to create the new brand, Timeless. Nat Sherman’s offerings are typically fairly mild to medium body and strength, the Timeless steps things up a bit. With its full body and stronger flavor profile, it really rounds out Nat Sherman’s offerings. You can check out their website at www.natsherman.com, and you can follow Michael Herklots (The Executive retail director and brand development manager) on twitter (@Michaelherklots). 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: 7 x 48
Wrapper: Honduran Criollo
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 7
Construction and Appearance: The Timeless has a very attractive Honduran Criollo wrapper which is dark brown, with light veins, and is smooth to the touch. The band of the Timeless, unlike the typical Nat Sherman bands which only feature the logo and different background colors, features the name Nat Sherman around NYC and 1930, the time and place where it all got started. It is a well packed cigar with a triple cap, the one I smoked for review was a Churchill with no visible defects.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Timeless has notes of leather, hay, and cocoa. The foot on the Timeless is rich with notes of hay, nuts, leather, cocoa, and a bit of coffee. For this review I went with a guillotine cut and on the cold draw I tasted notes of hay, chocolate, and earth.
Smoking Characteristics: The first draw when lighting the Nat Sherman Timeless opens up with notes of cocoa, hay, earth, and a light pepper which creates a slight tingle on the palate. During the first third the Timeless is full of flavors. There are notes of coffee/espresso, hay, leather, cocoa, and a slight pepper undertone. The light pepper flavor doesn’t play out much in the smoke itself, but leaves a light tingle that remains on the palate. The draw starts out slightly loose, I think I was a little too generous on the cut, but tightens up in the first inch. The burn is excellent, and inch long ash holds on with ease.
During the second third, the cocoa note really develops into a full chocolate note. In this third the most present flavors are the chocolate and espresso which blend perfectly. The secondary flavors in this third are the hay and leather, which compliment the primary flavors very well, and the pepper still holds out as an undertone, but is joined with some deep spices as well. The pepper and spices cause my palate to warm slightly and leave a light tingle on my tongue. Not only is the flavor rich, full, and complex, but the smoking experience is also excellent. The Honduran Criollo wrapper is really making me salivate as I smoke, relishing the flavors of this cigar. The smoke is also very smooth, sweet, and creamy, each draw keeps me savoring the last while desiring the next. During this third I’d place the strength a bit above medium and the body at full.
In the final third the chocolate and espresso flavors are still the most present. Now a nice roasted nutty flavor also joins the main flavor profile as well, complimenting the blend. The leather and hay flavors seem to fade during this third as well as the pepper, but there is still the deep rich baker spice undertone. The tingle has faded on the palate between draws, but the warming effect has continued. The smoke is still very rich, smooth, sweet, and creamy. The burn and draw have both remained flawless. The flavor is still rich and well blended, but has lost a slight measure of the complexity from the last third.
Conclusion: I’ve smoked all the sizes of the Nat Sherman Timeless, and I’d have to say the Churchill is my favorite, hands down. Each size smokes slightly different, the Number 5 (3 3/4 x 43) smokes with more of the pepper. This is likely due to how hot it smokes in this shorter thinner format, so the oils heat faster and you mostly taste the wrapper and binder. The Number 2 ( 6 1/4 x 52 torpedo) and Hermoso (5 1/2 x 54) smoke close to the Churchill, but with less of the pepper due to the larger gauges. I feel like the Churchill is the most complex and balanced offering in the mix and fits my preferences as a smoker the closest. Overall, regardless of vitola, the Timeless does what it is intended to. It offers a complex, balanced, rich smoke with a full body, and fuller strength than most of the traditional Nat Sherman cigars. Not only would I recommend a box purchase on this one, I am making one myself. I’m not positive if this will find a place in the top cigars of 2012. It is still early in the year, but it certainly has a shot.
MSRP: $7.49 (they are sold on Nat Sherman’s site here for $150.00 a box)