Last week we shared information on acigarsmoker.com about the new Nat Sherman Host Maduro. We were gifted one by Jimmy, our local sales rep and have let it sit in our humidor for about 2 weeks. According to information on Michael Herklots blog, The Good Life Diaries, “The Nat Sherman Host Selection Maduro is slightly richer and fuller in body than the traditional Host Selection, but still maintains its smooth, sweet character. The cigars, made at the Tabacos Ranchos Jamastran factory in Honduras, are already shipping to retailers”
Cigar: Nat Sherman Host Maduro
Size: Hampton (7 x 50/Churchill)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Number Smoked: 1
Appearance & Construction: A classic looking Connecticut Broadleaf adorns the Nat Sherman Host Maduro with a nice amount of tooth and minimal veins. The cigar has a seamless roll to it, and has no soft spots. The foot of the cigar reveals a slight void in the tobacco. The cigar is adorned by the Host band which is Teal and Red with the classic Nat Sherman logo. The cigar feels a little light in the hand and used a straight cut for the cigar before toasting and lighting.
Flavor and Notes: The cold draw of the cigar has some marshmallow sweetness with some earthy notes mixed in, while the foot of the cigar serves up some barnyard. One item to note, is that the Host Selection feature a sweet tipped wrapper on both the Natural or the Maduro. But that sweetness fades rather quick and is more subtle than other cigars that feature a similar feature.
The first third reveals a classic Connecticut profile with some saltiness thrown into the mix. There are notes of leather and an incredibly delicious well-defined licorice.
The second third of the cigar the licorice note remained dominant at the start but began to become an afterthought as the leather notes of the cigar slowly began to take over with the occasional hint of espresso like coffee.
The last third has that dominant leather note which I always associate with a broadleaf wrapper, and is slightly bitter but not overly so. Some chocolate notes come into play near the end, and the cigar has a short finish which is a rarity for a Broadleaf smoke in my opinion
Smoking Characteristics: Despite the void in the foot of the cigar there were no issues lighting up the cigar and the Host needed one touch up just before the band when it began to canoe slightly. The light to medium color gray ash holds on for almost a third of the cigar at a time. At first light the cigar was a little loose in the draw most likely due to the aforementioned void, but it quickly became and ideal draw.
Conclusion: Normally I don’t like sweet tipped cigars, and the sweet tip on this was so minimal and quickly faed away I was hesitant to mention it, but felt I needed to out of full disclosure. I’ve never been a tremendous fan of broadleaf as I find them to be so hit or miss in terms of the wrapper being to dominant, but it works really well on the Host Maduro. The result is a broadleaf cigar I would smoke on a regular basis.