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