The next cigar I am going to try as part of my cigar challenge is from the Nat Sherman cigar brand. I will be smoking the Nat Sherman Timeless Supreme 652T Torpedo.
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of origin: Nicaragua
Nat Sherman started his cigar business by selling Epoca cigars from Havana in the 1930s, secondary to the sale of luxury cigarettes.
At the same period, Nat Sherman set up his flagship cigar store in New York City.
During the 1990s, cigar brands such as Metropolitan and Host were created but never really took off in sales.
Then in the 2010s, the Sherman’s launched the cigar brand Timeless. This cigar appealed to the modern cigar smoker’s palate. It made Cigar Aficionado‘s Top 25 of 2012 list and would go on to become a top seller for the company.
The store attracted many famous cigar smokers including Robert Downey Jr, Rudy Giuliani and Rick Ross, who was filmed talking about his music at the venue…
Unfortunately, the store became a victim of the COVID19 pandemic and closed down, see ‘New York City’s 90-Year Old Famed Tobacco Shop to Shut Its Doors’.
The Nat Sherman Timeless Supreme 652T Torpedo is a box-pressed cigar with a double cigar band that reads ‘Timeless supreme – exclusively for Nat Sherman Intl. The cigar band also includes an interesting use of typography presented in the shape of a clock face, which I assume is a nod to the clock above the New York cigar HQ entrance.
I feel like I have seen this cigar before. I think it reminds me of the Eye of The Shark, most probably due to its shape. It also feels quite similar to a Plasencia cigar.
Upon lighting the cigar, I cannot detect much in flavour notes, maybe a little oak. It got a little unpleasant taste towards the second third but got better towards the final third. I am not sure I would return to it again. It is an ok smoke, but nothing stands out, a little too bland for me.
I also paired this with a Maker’s Mark bourbon whisky recommended by some online cigar buddies. It felt like a decent pairing, but I am no whiskey connoisseur. I am not sure whether this added to or took anything away from my cigar experience.
My rating: 6 out of 10
Next up… a Leaf by Oscar Maduro!