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:
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.
#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.
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