Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #9 Nomad C-276

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 #9 on our list - please check back tomorrow for #8.

#10 Warped Flor Del Valle

#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."
"The first puffs are delicious. Very sweet, but natural, tobacco flavors and some subtle cocoa notes are running the show."

"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."

You can read our group review of the Nomad C-276 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 Nomad Cigar Company on December 9, 2014 at 11:26am

Honored. Thank you very much...means a lot to me!

Comment by Charlie on December 9, 2014 at 2:18pm

Haven't smoked one I cant give my thoughts, I have heard they are one of the best coming out of AJF.

Comment by The Nothing on December 9, 2014 at 9:36pm

Great cigar! I would have had it on the list I posted earlier, but thought the were a late 2013 release

Comment by Nomad Cigar Company on December 10, 2014 at 4:40am

Thanks "The Nothing" - I appreciate the comment. The S-307 was a 2013 release. Both the C-276 (Nicaraguan) and the Connecticut Fuerte (Dominican) came out in 2014.

Comment by Matt Ross on December 10, 2014 at 7:09am

Isaac - Still plenty of time to adjust your list!

Comment by RobbyRas on December 12, 2014 at 11:15am

This is easily my favorite Nomad release... great complexity and use of strength... it's a really good smoke that probably should have been higher on my personal list...

Comment by Nomad Cigar Company on December 12, 2014 at 12:23pm

Thanks Robby - I am going with Matt's comment..."Still plenty of time to adjust your list." :) Cheers!

Comment by Miguel Rocha on December 12, 2014 at 1:04pm

Smoking this cigar this morning and caught myself staring at it! Good stuff Brother!


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