Group Review: Nomad Therapy Connecticut

The 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans was great and gave us a chance to interview one of my favorite people in the industry, Fred Rewey of Nomad. After a couple years of great cigar releases, Nomad has released a new line of cigars called the Therapy.

If you haven’t checked out our booth write-up and video interview yet, you definitely should.

You can check out interview here:

The Therapy is being introduced with new packaging, including a refillable tray for retailers, and sporting a new band design. There will be three wrapper types; Connecticut, Habano and Maduro. Initial vitolas are the Short Robusto (4-1/2”x50) and a Toro (6”x50).

 

Vitola: Short Robusto

Size: 4-1/2” x 50 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Connecticut Ecuador

Binder: San Andres Mexican

Filler: Nicaraguan

Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two

Price Point: $6.95 MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Manufacturer’s samples

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.

 

 

“The Therapy Connecticut is offered at a great price point and delivers on classic Connecticut flavor profile with just a bit of peppery zip.”

 

“The Therapy Connecticut is a solid cigar.”

 

 

Surgeon’s Rating: 88 AKA “5-Pack Purchase"

The nose on the Therapy Connecticut is that barnyard mixture of hay and aged wood. I used my v-cutter and found the draw to be on the slightly open side.

My initial few puffs reveal some nice creamy sweetness to start with some slight earth to finish on the post-draw. Retrohale is very clean and balanced, smooth, with some pepper developing over time. At the 20 minute mark there is some sweet cedar added into the mix. An enjoyable first third but this is definitely a departure from the Nomad Connecticut Fuerte which was a spice and pepper ride.

Not much of a transition to the middle third expect the post-draw earth has been replaced with a rich woody note. I find myself really enjoying the Therapy, given how fast I’m smoking it. I’m halfway through the cigar at the 40 minute mark. Flavors are still nicely balanced through the middle third.

The last third has the post-draw woody notes starting to become quite prominent. I end up smoking it down to my finger tips without any loss of flavor.

The Therapy Connecticut stands up pretty well. It’s not the same complexity as the Nomad Connecticut Fuerte but it isn’t marketed as a super premium or peppery Connecticut so that wouldn’t be a fair comparison.

The Therapy Connecticut is offered at a great price point and delivers on classic Connecticut flavor profile with just a bit of peppery zip.

 

 

Surgeon’s Pairing Recommendation:

As with most Connecticut’s this is a cigar that would go very well with a coffee, espresso, sweet rum or root beer.

 

Rob’s Rating: 87 AKA “5-Pack Purchase"

 

The Nomad Therapy is intriguing to me.  I like a lot of the things that Fred has done so I’m real curious to see how this “value” line turns out.

Flavor: The profile of the Therapy Connecticut is pretty straight forward.  It starts out with a nice spice on the retrohale and the tongue.  It’s not exactly a pepper spice or a baking spice; it’s more heat than flavor.  There are some notes of cedar and a mild creamed coffee flavor that is present throughout.  The spice is pretty consistent though the first half and mellows out in the second half.  The underlying sweetened coffee is the star of the show for me.  It adds a nice depth to the experience and a creaminess to the texture.

Construction: Spot on.  The burn was crisp throughout and the draw was perfect.

 

 

Final Thoughts:  The Therapy Connecticut is a solid cigar.  It has more going on than a classic/basic Connecticut, but it’s not on par with the Connecticut Fuerte.  It may not be fair to compare them, but it’s hard not to.  I dig the Therapy Connecticut, but I’m not going to stock up on them.  It falls into the low end of the 5-Pack category.

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Comment by Mickey irratebass on July 29, 2015 at 8:22am

Hmmmm....may have to pick up a couple to try, doesn't sound like it is something I will enjoy very much though.

Comment by Docwill on July 29, 2015 at 8:54am

Sounds like a good conny at a reasonable price point. I feel somewhat compelled to support the guys who are trying to deliver a solid cigar without charging $8-$9 on name recognition and then delivering an average cigar, or the same cigar with a different name, or a 1 leaf tweak.


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Comment by RobbyRas on July 29, 2015 at 9:08am

John and I got a few different flavors out of it, but it's still a good smoke.  And as Doc says, a solid smoke for $7 that isn't just a minor tweak to a different blend is appealing... Like I said, i'm not going to stock up on these, but i think they will always have a place in my humidor... Morning smoke, golf cigar, fishing/camping cigar or just to have on hand when I want a solid, creamy conny...I know the idea of a "golf cigar" or "fishing/camping cigar" carries a negative connotation, but for me it is the opposite... I've i'm lucky enough to be golfing, I'm smoking something I like that is in the mild-to-medium range... 

Comment by Docwill on July 29, 2015 at 10:19am

I'm an avid fisherman, no longer a golfer, but this bears absolutely no negative connotation for me. Actually, it is a solid plug for me.


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Comment by Cigar Surgeon on July 29, 2015 at 10:31am

It's a good Conny at a great price point. I think this is a no brainer purchase for Conny lovers.

Comment by Charlie on July 29, 2015 at 9:06pm

I'm after a few Habanos and Maduros in this size...I hear they are pretty damn tasty...you guys should review all three blends.


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Comment by Cigar Surgeon on July 29, 2015 at 10:35pm

We're definitely going to review all three!

Comment by Ky70 on July 29, 2015 at 10:37pm
Impatiently waiting for the Maduro review
Comment by atllogix on August 1, 2015 at 12:24pm
I'm choosing the Maduro!

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