Pre-Release Review: Nomad Cigar Company Esteli Lot 1386

Nomad Cigar Company has always been interesting because of its unique style of branding, and marketing. I have always said that company founder, Fred Rewey, is a genius for being the first to put his Twitter handle, @GodFadr, on a cigar band. Still, my favorite piece of marketing was around the mailing of a kitten by Fred.

With Fred’s second release the uniqueness continues. According to the Lot 1386 Press Release, this cigar will be a limited run of 307 twelve count boxes. For those wondering, that means only 3,684 Lot 1386 cigars will be produced. This is a little odd since most limited runs will consist of 500 twenty count boxes for a total of 10,000 cigars.

There’s a story behind the number of boxes being produced. Apparently, 307 square miles is the approximate size of Esteli, Nicaragua. This was Fred’s way of paying homage to the people of the region. Also, there is a story behind Lot 1386, which in some way pays homage to Esteli as well. At this time I don’t think Fred has announced the story behind Lot 1386, leaving it up to people like me to speculate.

When I asked Fred about the composition of the Lot 1386 he said, “he started with some really exceptional ligero, and went from there”. That is music to my ears since I am big fan of ligero and the power it adds to cigar blends.

Enough babble, time to get kicking on this review.

Nomad Cigar Company Esteli Lot 1386

Vitola: Toro

Size: 6 x 52

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Beverage: Sweet Tea

Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two

Smoking Time: 75 Minutes

Price Point: $8.75 MSRP

Cigar Provided By: Fred Rewey himself

Conclusion: The Nomad Lot 1386 is a must try based on the flavor and the complexity of the cigar. I had a few construction issues, which Fred addresses below, and when fixed easily moves the Lot 1386 into the must buy category. I think Fred hit the nail on the head with this cigar. I look forward to smoking a production run of the Lot 1386 to see if the construction issues have been corrected.

  1. Flavor - Flavor and complexity is what makes this a good cigar. I found the original Nomad to be tasty, but very straightforward and one dimensional. The Lot 1386 was the complete opposite of “meh”.  The cold draw was very spicy and it was apparent that this Lot 1386 had some kick ass ligero in it. Right off the bat you can taste the spice and richness of the ligero. When I mentioned these flavors Fred said the spice and richness could be attributed to the full leaf of Esteli ligero that was used in the Lot 1386 blend. Also, there was a sweetness that ran throughout the entire cigar which Fred attributes to the Jalapa tobaccos used. There is some earthiness, leather, and pepper that is mixed in during the smoke which adds the complexity and depth I seek out in cigars.

  1. Construction – It was lackluster compared to the original Nomad.  There was a soft spot, near the foot of the cigar, which is concave in shape. Also, the original Nomad is known for how well it holds its ash, while the Lot 1386 I can’t say the same. This is evident by the March Madness contest which was ran by the Casual Cigar. At times I found the draw a little tight and difficult to get smoke through the cigar. I asked Fred about these construction issues and he said, “Construction was fixed prior to production run (hence no bands on yours)”. Also, he said “the production run will feature a higher quality wrapper, which won’t change the flavor, but yield a slightly more consistent look”.

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Comment by Matt Ross on June 26, 2013 at 7:09am

Sounds great - looking forward to snatching one of these to try! Thanks for the review


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Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on June 26, 2013 at 7:22am

Look for a special opportunity to get your hands on them, before you can buy them! Details on CigarChat this Thursday.

Comment by Mrs007MI6 on June 27, 2013 at 4:57pm

Thank you for posting a link to the kitten back story!  I needed a laugh!


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Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on June 27, 2013 at 5:06pm

I know. That kitten story is amazing. Makes me laugh every time I read it.

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