Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #6 Nomad Connecticut Fuerte

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that later)
  2. Top Cigars of 2014 (more on that later)
  3. Top Cigars Released in 2014 (the basis for this list)

Like last year, the fact that the 5 reviewers live in different parts of the country and Canada (and, thus, have access to different cigars) and have vastly diverse palates, produced some interesting results. 

The #1 cigar on our consensus list showed up on 4 of the 5 total lists, the most any cigar appeared meaning no cigar was a unanimous "Top" cigar for all our reviewers. Its worth noting here that my list is not included in the Cigar Federation list as a means of remaining impartial in producing this content - I will share it after completion of the site's list.

Over the next ten days (not including weekends), I will unveil another cigar in the List.  In the end, each of our reviewers will unveil their personal lists.  We're also trying to get the FedHeads involved. How does your list match up? Join the discussion and get involved here.

Without further adieu, I unveil #6 on our list - please check back Monday for #5.

#10 Warped Flor Del Valle

#9 Nomad C-276

#8 1502 Emerald Lancero

#7 Arandoza Red

#6 Nomad Connecticut Fuerte

Fred Rewey's Nomad Cigar Company marks the first (and only?) manufacturer to score two entries on this year's Top New Releases list as our #6 entry, the Nomad Connecticut Fuerte, joins #9 Nomad C-276 on our list.  Marketed as "not your father's Connecticut", the Connecticut Fuerte is the result of a two year blending journey that Rewey admits was incredibly taxing on him personally and professionally.

Blended in the Dominican Republic, the Nomad Connecticut Fuerte set out to be a "different" Connecticut experience providing more flavors.  Rewey achieves this with a selection of fillers from Dominican Republic and Nicaragua along with an Ecuadorian Habano binder, all wrapped in Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf.  The cigar debuted with four sizes: Corona, Toro, Robusto, and Robusto Gordo, but has since added a Belicoso.

"Smooth and creamy. The usual cedar, toasted marshmallow and some graham cracker. With just a little bit of spice and enough body to keep it enjoyable."

"The cigar was light and smooth, creamy with definition on the tongue and enough steam to awaken the sense."

"The Nomad will now become a regular part of my Connecticut rotation."

"It's a box buy for me. Like a 92 easy."

"The Nomad...surprised me greatly, and will be in my rotation."

You can read Dustin's Coffee and Cigar Pairings post that covers the Nomad Connecticut Fuerte here.
You can watch our interview with Fred Rewey at IPCPR2014 here.
Get into the discussion and share YOUR Top List here.

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Comment by Catfishbluezz on December 12, 2014 at 12:44pm
All things considered, pretty badass Fred made our list twice between all these reviewers... Let alone, a Conny made the list! So stoked to see this get the attention it deserves. I had a couple from ipcpr Fred gave me and it was easily one of the best new connys I've had. Being the Conny master, that doesn't happen often with me. So many people blend connys all wrong, this one was done right.
Comment by HardlyClerkin® on December 12, 2014 at 12:55pm

Really need to pick a few of these up, forgot last time I ordered from the store. Gotta keep that in mind next time I order. Fred is taking over the world 

Comment by 007MI6 on December 12, 2014 at 1:13pm

I need more of these. Only have two left!

Comment by Nomad Cigar Company on December 12, 2014 at 1:44pm

Thanks Catfish. Really a tough cigar to create - Especially since I had lost my taste for Conny's for the most part. Maybe that sounds a bit harsh, but they were all boring to me since I had spent several months blending in Nica. I can tell you it will be awhile before I try and do another Conny. Just trying to learn all I can...

Comment by Stefan Lindblad on December 12, 2014 at 3:29pm

There's also a lancero in this blend. Fred was kind enough to give me one when I met him at a Seattle area shop earlier this year. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great blend in a great vitola. 

Comment by Jason Meyers on December 12, 2014 at 6:58pm

This is one of the few connecticut wrapper cigars that I enjoy. Very deserving of its spot on the list!

Comment by Catfishbluezz on December 13, 2014 at 11:18am

The problem is most guys are blending stronger cigars all day, so they blend Conny's that will hit their palate after being used to blending stronger stuff.  The result is conny's that overpower.  Not to blow your ego up, but the two cigars that made the list are vastly different, and both are excellent. Not many blenders can do that really.  

And Jerad, I do not have any left.  I smoked mine for review, and then again to determine rankings for our lists.  If you want to box split in a month of so, I am down. I just need to chill on the fundage and recover from December...or get a student aid check lol.

Comment by 302JH (Jose) on December 13, 2014 at 4:50pm

My #2 Connecticut cigar period.  Homerun of a cigar!  Changed my perspective on CTs all together.

Comment by Nomad Cigar Company on December 14, 2014 at 9:25am

Thanks 302JH...changed mine too :)


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