The Nomad S-307 is the third release from Nomad Cigar Company, and Nomad’s first full production Nicaraguan release. The S-307 is following the heels of the Nomad Lot 1386, which was Nomad’s first limited Nicaraguan product released at IPCPR 2013. The Nomad S-307 is made at the AJ Fernandez Cigars. You can get the full details on the S-307 here.
It’s go time!
Size: 6 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Beverage: Sweet Tea
Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two
Smoking Time: 90 Minutes
Price Point: $7.95
Cigar Purchased: Fred sent me the samples
Setting the Context
I got these in the mail just a few days ago and couldn’t wait to smoke them. I really, really enjoyed the Nomad Lot 1386, and you can read my full review here. I have said several times that I didn’t really enjoy the Nomad Original, but I have a feeling the S-307 will be right up my alley.
For being a soft box press, it seems solid. Visually, this is a very striking cigar. The very dark Sumatra wrapper has a very nice sheen to it and the veins of the cigar are lighter in color, and accent well against the wrapper.
When I nosed the S-307 I get a ton of black pepper and mild notes of tea. The draw was perfect. During the cold draw the pepper was more muted, and it was the only thing I was able to detect. In the process of trying to figure out the cold draw, I did notice the wrapper did give me a slight burn on the lips. It was unexpected.
There was a HUGE blast of pepper when you first light the S-307. The S-307 quickly changes from the big blast of pepper, to a very mild and mellow woody notes. It was very surprising how quickly the profile changed in depth. There are notes of tea present as well. Then the earth notes really took over and dominated the profile. There was a nice sweetness which was in the background, which complimented the wood and tea notes well.
It really surprises me how slow the burn is on the S-307. The draw is prefect, but the burn acts like the cigar was just freshly rolled. Just about this time I start to get a run in the wrapper burn. It was easy to correct with a bit of spit.
The second half was mostly a repeat of the first half. There was a new doughy quality which emerged in the S-307 and a refined earthiness which sat in the background.
The more I smoked into the S-307 the more “Nicaraguan” the profile became. It picked up in strength to the medium range. The earthy flavor became much more complex adding a few notes of nuts and toast.
I think Fred has done a fantastic job this year on producing two completely different, but quality Nicaraguan cigars. You can see in my pre-release review of the Lot 1386, and you will see there is no doubt it is a must buy, at least IMHO.
To me the S-307 doesn’t taste Nicaraguan at all. Also, I could swear there is no ligero used in the blend, but of course I could be wrong. I didn't reach out and ask Fred about this and he say there is "some" ligero used in the S-307 and on a scale of 0-10 for strength it would be considered a 7.
The S-307 will appeal to those who are looking for a more mellow smoke which at the core is very earthy. While I enjoyed the S-307, it didn’t have me saying, “fuck, I need to get a box of these.”
The S-307 was complex and to someone like Catfish, would be perfect, but it wasn’t for me. Coming off the recently release Lot 1386, I found the S-307 lacking the strength I would have expected.
Based on the price point, I would recommend anyone to try the S-307, but I don’t see people rushing out to buy boxes in droves. I do think though based on the new cigars which have been released this year, I would expect the S-307 to find its way onto a few Top 10 lists.
Since Commonwealth Cedar Spills was just on CigarChat, I decided to light my S-307 with some spills I got during IPCPR. I have to admit that it worked better than I thought it would. I was able to light the entire cigar in one pass, without lighting a side and causing a wonky burn.