Video review HERE.
Estelí Lot 8613 marks the 5th full-production cigar for Nomad.
From the Nomad website: I fell in love with the flavors and richness of Estelí Lot 8613 at the blending table but the big question was how would it marry and age?
When checking it a year later to see how it was aging, I was more than happy with the result. It was definitely time to release it.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Factory: Tobacalera AJ Fernandez
21 Count Box.
Available in the following sizes…
Robusto (5×50) (REVIEWED TODAY)
Grand Toro (6×58)
All sizes MSRP under $9.00
The cigar is very well made. It has a good density. Here is a shot of the foot.
The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. It had just a touch of firmness to let you know you're drawing through a cigar and not a straw. The initial flavors were orange citrus with graham cracker, black pepper rated at a 9 especially if you retro hale. These flavors jump out initially.
About 1/2 inch in the flavors have settled down into the ones above but add in black coffee. The cigar is medium bodied and seems to be moving toward medium to full. The finish is graham cracker and cream with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The flavor are very nice on the front end. The black coffee give s the cigar a deep base. The pepper tingled my palate on the finish.
A little over an inch in the cigar is changing quickly. There is a touch of brown sugar mixing in with the main front end flavors and now there are bread notes on the end of the flavors. The brown sugar gives the cigar a slight richness. Interesting flavors but they work very good together. The finish has brown sugar and graham cracker along with cream. The pepper continues to be great on both ends. The cigar is very close to medium to full bodied.
At the band the flavors are mixing very well, It's almost like you took all the above flavors and mixed them in a bowl. That's the flavor you have. Very even and very good. The burn is almost perfect. The cigar is definitely medium to full bodied and the finish is unchanged.
The flavor notes continued right to the end. Very consistent after the first inch or so. This is another great cigar from Nomad and Gary Griffith. Being critical the cigar could have had more richness but other than that the flavors were fantastic. Look for these anywhere that sells House of Emilio Cigars.