January 21, 2017

Nomad SA-17 Toro (6 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
This is the Nomad’s seventh regular production line, and its first regular production line to feature a San Andres wrapper. 

According to owner Fred Rewey, the SA-17 is actually a sister blend to the Nomad C-276. It was during development of the C-276 at A.J. Fernandez’s factory when Rewey started experimenting with San Andres wrapper.

“I love working with tobacco at AJ Fernandez’s factory. Ask anyone around, he has amassed some of the best aged, most diverse, quality tobacco. For me, blending is a creative process. It is nice to have that home in EstelĂ­ to blend and experiment.” commented Rewey in a press release.

This is not the first time Rewey has worked with San Andres. He used a San Andres wrapper on the shop exclusive Nomad H-Town San Andres for Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston. Hr also uses San Andres for the binder on the Nomad Therapy Connecticut cigar.

“I love San Andres wrapper. It may have taken me several years to wrap my arms around how it ages and plays with other tobaccos…but, for me it was worth the wait.” – Rewey added.

Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tabacalera Fernandez)

The Nomad SA-17 is available in four sizes. Each will be packaged in 21 count boxes. Pricing is from $8.50 to $9.75.

Robusto: 5 x 50
Coronita: 5 1/2 x 46
Shorty: 4 x 56

The cigar is very dark and well made. It has an average feel in the hand for a cigar of this size. Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the dome shaped cap was very good. The initial flavors were black licorice, sweet chocolate, and espresso. There was black pepper rated at an 8. 

About 2 inches in (25 minutes) the cigar has made drastic changes. Now there are buttery brown sugar notes and dry cocoa. There is still a lot of black pepper; at least an 8 rating. There are still a lot of espresso notes. The finish is cocoa with light cream and a modest amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied leaning toward medium to full. During the transition period I got notes of whipping cream but they did not stick around. 

Just past the midpoint (40 minutes) I noticed some sweet cedar notes. Up until now I had not noticed them. The buttery brown sugar is still there but the dry cocoa notes getting faint. They are possibly overwhelmed by the brown sugar and cedar. The espresso notes have really moved forward. They are quite strong. The finish is now a dark chocolate. The lingering black pepper seems to be up. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. 

As the cigar ended (1 hr. 5 minutes) it had notes of dry cedar and brown sugar with light butter. There were massive amounts of espresso and black pepper. The cigar reached full bodied status. The finish is unchanged. The cigar made several changes along the way. The cigar started out good, went to very good at the midpoint, and then dropped to good in the final third. This was a good cigar by Nomad and should be on shelves now. Well worth a try.

Score: 91

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