Buy The Nomad C-276 Toro Grande Cigar OnlineThe Nomad C-276 is a project that the brand’s creator, Fred Rewey, had to gear himself up for. Rewey launched his boutique back in 2012, and at the time, he was a little green behind the ears. After a couple years of successful releases, though, he felt ready to take on a fuller blend. Before this stick, the company was lightly criticized for the lack of variety in its portfolio. What was there was superb, but it wasn’t what most would consider a well-rounded group of cigars. With the addition of this release, though, the portfolio is no longer missing that edge. It’s a rousing success as well, especially when one considers how ambitious it is.

Some cigars are just made with extra effort, and it’s been poured into the Nomad C-276. This smoke is produced with an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and five, count ‘em, five fillers from Nicaragua. Among them are plants from Ometepe and a pair of ligeros from Esteli and Condega. Since the company’s start, Rewey has split its production between Nicaragua and the Dominican. This time around, the stick is produced out of Nicaragua, which isn’t a surprise given the blend's components. It’s square-pressed, the color of milk chocolate and has a rustic appearance overall, with some slight veining and a rough cap. The band is red, black, white and silver and contains some bold, angular ornamentation, along with some thick type spelling out the name of the brand.

The cigar comes in five sizes, including a Robusto (5 x 50), a Corona (5 1/2 x 46), a Toro (6 x 50), a Toro Grande (6 x 58) and a Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52). The cold draw brings out some sweet chocolate and spicy cedar notes, which always make for a good pairing. The first third of the stick evokes the exact same chocolate and cedar flavors, though some black pepper and a floral note come along for the ride. Near the end of the initial third, a nutty flavor emerges as well.

During the middle third of the Nomad C-276, the same combinations of flavors are present though they develop a bit more and jockey for position. At the middle point, the chocolate and cedar move into dominant positions while the pepper and nutty notes stick in the background.

In the final third of the smoke, the cedar takes over the profile and pushes everything else, including the chocolate, nutty and pepper flavors. As a result, the profile increases in spiciness, but it never becomes overwhelming. Instead, it offers a nice tingling until the end of the smoke.

Rewey’s cigars are known for their excellent construction, and this one fits the same description. The burn is razor sharp, and the draw is right down the middle. It offers a solid medium-full experience from start to finish. In all, it’s the rare ambitious effort that hits its ceiling, and is another feather in the cap for Rewey and his young brand.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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