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 #9 on our list - please check back tomorrow for #8.
#9 Nomad C-276
Fred Rewey of Nomad Cigars has a bit of an obsession with Indiana Jones. In March/April, word started spreading of a new blend Fred was working on that he nicknamed "Mola Ram" (Mola Ram was the high priest of the Thuggee and leader of the cult). Little was known about the blend beyond Fred declaring this to be his "most ambitious blend to date", but the expectations were that this would be a powerhouse. At IPCPR2014, the blend debuted as the Nomad C-276. The "C" is for Concepción, one of two volcanoes on Ometepe island, while "276" is the square kilometers of the island.
The C-276, the second full production cigar that Nomad has done in Esteli at Tobacalera AJ Fernandez, is a full-flavored complex blend. The blend features five different Nicaraguan fillers including two ligeros and Nomad's first foray into using Ometepe tobacco in a blend, a Nicaraguan binder, and an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper. The C-276 is box-pressed and available in 21-count boxes of the following vitolas: Toro (6x50), Robusto (5x50), Torpedo (6 1/2x52), Toro Grande (6x58), Corona (5.5x46)."The nose on the Nomad C-276 is a complex medley of spices, barnyard, hay and cedar. It has me eager to light up."
"Notes of dark cherry, raisin, cocoa powder and cedar were all present in varying degrees of strength."
"The complexity ramps up even more going into the second third. Spices pick up significantly here and there’s a beef bouillon flavor going on as well. There is still a lingering pepper but the intensity is just below the medium level. The second winds down with a combination of pepper and cedar with a medium bodied sweet cedar on the retrohale."
"The final third continued with the bold earthiness and the pleasant sweetness in the background."
"If I were you I would run, not walk, to my local B&M when these are released."
"Without question this is my favorite Nomad release to date and one of my favorite cigars of the year. It's a powerhouse and a flavor bomb and somehow delicately balanced. I'm not sure how Fred pulled this off, but it's a beautiful smoke."