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Nat Sherman Timeless #5 (3 3/4 x43)

In today’s review we take a look at a blend from one of the oldest and most well-known names in tobacco, the Nat Sherman Timeless. This three-nation blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos beneath a Honduran wrapper has been making a lot of waves lately, largely due to the #2 vitola earning the number ten spot on this years Cigar Aficionado top 25. This afternoon I pulled out a stick of the #5 (3 ¾ x43) to see just what all the fuss was about.

The Timeless #5 was a slick-looking little stogie wearing a smooth, light-brown wrapper beneath its cool band, which is fashioned to look like an old-timey watch face. Construction-wise, everything looked good from head to foot. I didn’t pick up anything too outrageous on the pre-light, just a mellow and smooth tobacco taste.

Immediately upon lighting the cigar began to produce creamy plumes of smoke with rich tobacco flavor and a good amount of throat-tingling baking spice. The burn was sharp, and both the body and strength of the #5 were much fuller than I had expected. By the one inch mark I had built up a neat, stark white ash that really stood out above the cigar’s crisp black burn-line.

In the second 3rd the smoke remained smooth and woody, with just the slightest hint of anise creeping up every now and then. The cigar had given me no problems with burn or draw, but at this point I had to slow myself down a bit to prevent this petite stogie from getting too hot. After a short rest I began to pick up a new malty sweetness that complimented the rest of the profile perfectly.

For me, the final third of the Timeless was most enjoyable. Here the flavor was ramped up to its fullest potential as the toasty, woody, and sweet smoke stayed nice and smooth. This portion was so tasty that it was with great reluctance that I finally set it down.

And now, a Cigar Confession: before today I had never smoked a Nat Sherman. However, after today I can say with confidence that I will definitely be smoking the Timeless again. “Timeless”, by the way, turned out to be a very fitting name for this blend, as it was loaded with well balanced, classic, and smooth Dominican flavor. It also held a good amount of complexity, and now I can’t wait to try it in a larger size to see what nuances I may have been missing out on. I have always been a skeptic about highly-rated cigars and “sudden popularity”, but the Timeless really delivers, even in this smallest of sizes. I award the Nat Sherman Timeless #5 an A grade and plan on grabbing a few for my personal stash.

 

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