Bite Size Review: Nat Sherman Timeless (Dominican)
It seems I’ve unintentionally been on a Dominican kick lately. What can I say, these medium and medium-full babies are really tickling my sweet spot. Then I smoked a Dominican Nat Sherman Timeless (Yes, there’s also a Nicaraguan version which I can’t wait to try). After some hard times, in 2011 Nat Sherman set out to rejuvenate its cigar brand. The final Timeless blend was borne out of several test blends created by multiple cigar makers, and the 88-year old company’s commitment to craft a winner was left to none other than Manuel Quesada, whose Santiago factory is in charge of production. Now owned (along with Philip Morris) by conglomerate, Altria, the Timeless No. 2 garnered a taste bud popping 93 rating from Cigar Aficionado in 2013.
Not even a soggy day in Houston, on business, could dampen a wonderful hour and a half of smoking nirvana. Intrigued by its history, various reviews and grapevine chitter, I snapped up a No. 2 from one of my go-to online retailers. This cigar is just beautiful to look at. No, admire! The slightly oily, mottled, russet-colored wrapper is veiny and slightly toothy. The roll and shape is superb.
The initial light provides billows of aromatic smoke with a rich, leather-almond-coffee profile. Black pepper and cream complement the earthy finish. The flavor palette becomes toasty and chocolatey with maple wood and caramel on the retro. I cannot overstate the richness of this cigar. There is a noticeable transition to a woodier profile with notes of dark fruit and toasted almonds on the inhale. As I get closer to the home stretch, the complexity never falters and adds notes of baked bread, caramel and toast. Woody with notes of chocolate, peat and a coffee finish is how she will leave you. As well as breathless and looking for a second one.
This cigar is nub worthy, but she did get a little harsh. The Timeless has it all – a rockin’ build, beautiful presentation, superb flavor palette and a perfect ash. Oh, and did I mention you can have all this for under nine bucks? In fact, since its release 6 years ago, pricing ( originally ~$8) has increased by less than a dollar. Timeless comes in 8 vitolas in boxes of 20. While it sounds corny, yes, time truly stands still while enjoying this wonderful cigar. Boxworthy, boys and girls. Boxworthy. – In Fumo Pax!
- Profile: Medium
- Vitola: No. 2 – Torpedo
- Length/ Ring Gauge: 6.25″ / 52
- Purchased: Online
- Origin: Dominican Republic
- Wrapper: Honduras
- Binder: Dominican
- Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
- Cutter: Xikar Xi1
- Lighter: Colibri Firebird 3-jet
- Price: $8.85
Build: Excellent – uniform firmness; nice triple cap
Aromas: Shaft – sweetness, raisins, almonds; Foot – Strong raisin; Cold Draw – Sweet molasses & raisin
Flavors: Almonds, leather and coffee; earthy finish; black pepper and cream; chocolate; Maple and caramel on retro; gets woodier w/dark fruit; toasty; peaty ending
Touch ups: None
Recommend: 1. Go-to 2. 5-packer 3. 3rd stringer 4. Smoke a banana instead