Nat Sherman Timeless Especiales – Cigar Review
Nat Sherman has expanded the Timeless collection with two new sizes and showcased them at the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando. They also launched a Nicaraguan Puro version, Nat Sherman Timeless Nicaragua, in three new box-pressed sizes (you can check out my review of this new line here).
The original Timeless cigars are made by MATASA, SA in the Dominican Republic and is now available in the two new sizes, Divinos and Especiales. The Divinos is a 5 x 32/50/36 perfecto and the Especiales which I am reviewing today is a 6 x 38 lancero with a pigtail cap. Having previously reviewed a different size of the Timeless last spring, I was excited to try the lancero vitola which traditionally is dominated by the wrapper flavors due to the smaller gauge of the cigar.
Size: 6 x 38
Wrapper: Honduran Criollo
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The band on the Dominican made Nat Sherman Timeless Especiales features the name Nat Sherman around NYC and 1930, the time and place where it all got started. The wrapper is dark brown with light veins and a bit of oil. It is capped with a little pig tail and is very smooth to the touch.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Nat Sherman Timeless Especiales has notes of hay, cocoa, and leather. The foot has the scent of hay, cocoa, leather, and coffee. To prepare smoking the Nat Sherman Timeless Especiales I decided to use a straight cut, as I’ve had issues simply twisting off pigtails in the past. The cold draw yields tastes of chocolate, earth, and coffee.
Smoking Characteristics: The Nat Sherman Timeless Especiales opens up with a very generous draw and a full body of rich, cool, smoke. In the first third there are notes of light pepper, nuts, leather, cocoa, and grass. The pepper is fairly present, compared to the larger gauges, and lingers on the palate between draws with a little leather and cocoa. The strength is a bit over medium on the retrohale. The ash is very firm, holding tightly, and the burn is nearly razor sharp.
Into the second third of the Nat Sherman Timeless Especiales, a smoother profile emerges and the cocoa becomes a lot richer in the blend. The flavor is now made up of cocoa and leather primarily. The light pepper and wood are secondary, with grass and nuts as an undertone. The flavors are well blended, balanced, and rich. The strength remains in the medium to full range. The body of smoke off each draw is still very full, and the Nat Sherman Timeless Especiales continues to billow smoke in between draws.
During the final third of the Nat Sherman Timeless Especiales, the cocoa notes are replaced by a drier, dark chocolate. Aside from that, the flavor profile remains fairly consistent. As I smoke past the band, the profile is filled with notes of dark chocolate, leather, light pepper, wood, grass, and nuts. The construction remains excellent with with an ideal burn line and tight ash. During the final third, the strength increases towards full but is not overpowering.
Conclusion: The Nat Sherman Timeless Especiales smokes very similar to the No. 5 vitola but with a smoothness and complexity that sets it apart from the rest of the line. It has a richer chocolate flavor similar to the Timeless Churchill, yet lacks some of the complexity the Churchill size has. This isn’t to say that the Nat Sherman Timeless Especiales isn’t a great cigar. It certainly is worthy of a box purchase, but my favorite cigar in this line is still the churchill.