The Nomad C-276, the latest release from Fred Rewey, is packed with five different Nicaraguan filler leaves including two ligeros and some Omatepe for good measure. After the initial Nomad release from the DR, Fred has gone "Nica Crazy" like the rest of the industry and the C-276 is full-on Nicaraguan cigar.
The C-276 is box pressed and available in 21-count boxes of the following vitolas:
Toro (6×50), Robusto (5×50), Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52), Toro Grande (6 x 58), Corona (5.5 x 46)
We talked with Fred at IPCPR 2014 about the C-276
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Factory: Tobacalera AJ Fernandez
MSPR: $8.50 - $9.50
Samples for review provided by Nomad Cigars
Quick Note: We used the CigarFederation Rating System
Overall CigarFederation Average Rating: 89 AKA "5 Pack"
John’s Review – 91 AKA “Box split”
“Nomad has done it again with a fantastic release that is going to be hard to find when the word gets out.”
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 third starts out with some of the spices from the nose along with sweetness and some pepper that is delayed until the very end of the draw. On the retrohale the pepper is quite pronounced, falling into the medium-full category. Each draw is very clean, with the flavors being distinct and not muddying each other. At the 15 minute mark I start to get a hint of a floral note. Such a delicious start.
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 pepper picks up going into the final third to about the medium-full level. The sweet rich cedar from the retrohale in the middle third is still resent here.
Nomad has done it again with a fantastic release that is going to be hard to find when the word gets out. The tobacco strength here is not too strong but it packs an incredibly list of flavors that deliver right down to the nub. If I were you I would run, not walk, to my local B&M when these are released.
Jerad's Review - 85 AKA "I'd Buy a Couple"
For this review of the Nomad C-276, I am smoking the 6x58 Toro Grande. Bigger than I usually go for, but I am not opposed to some of the larger sizes. Surrounded in a milk chocolate wrapper, the C-276 is box-pressed and very smooth, with a slight oil sheen. The pre-light aroma gives off a spicy/sweet tobacco scent, with hints of cocoa. The cold draw verifies this, with a little spicy tingle and a lot of tobacco flavors.
The first puffs are delicious. Very sweet, but natural, tobacco flavors and some subtle cocoa notes are running the show. As this third progressed, the flavors became a bit more complex and I couldn’t quite put my finger on the flavors at first. Then they cleaned up, and I got some leather and dark roast coffee, with a little earth note. The draw was a bit tight, but the smoke production was thick and white. The burn was a bit wonky, but never caused any issues. The second third eases up on the draw and the burn straightened up. The flavors turned to a bold earthy note, with a bit of leather and sweetness. The final third continued with the bold earthiness and the pleasant sweetness in the background. The slight spice that I got in the first two thirds has gone away, and the C-276 ends on a nice mellow, sweet earthiness. The smoke just got thicker and thicker as I neared the end, as the draw finally loosened all the way up.
The Nomad C-276 is an interesting smoke to me. Although the notes I got may sound like your everyday flavors, the way they were delivered made them different. They weren’t straightforward, they were more complex and I had to concentrate to really single them out. I think I would definitely give a smaller vitola a higher score, more in the 5pack range, but for this size, I am going to have to give it an 85 – A Couple.
Rob's Review - 91 AKA "Box Split"
I really liked the feel of the Nomad C-276. I smoked the 5x50 Box Pressed Robusto and the construction was impeccable. The press was sharp and the cigar was densely packed, but the draw was perfect and the burn was precise. It also produced a ton of thick smoke.
Flavor: I really want to call the Nomad C-276 a pepper bomb, but it was way to balanced to be any kind of bomb. The black pepper was present from the first puff and was the dominant flavor throughout, but it never overshadowed the other flavors. Notes of dark cherry, raisin, cocoa powder and cedar were all present in varying degrees of strength. The balance of dry sweetness and pepper spice was very nice. This cigar managed to have a ton of flavor without blowing up my palate.
The C-276 is a Nicaraguan cigar-lover's dream. It has a ton of flavor and a ton of complexity and a pretty serious kick.
Strength: The C-276 starts out in the medium range and jumps to full strength after an inch or so. It is a strong cigar, but there is a lot more going on than just strength.
Final Thoughts: This one is way outside my comfort zone and I freakin' loved it! 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. I'm giving the Nomad C-276 a rating of 91 AKA "Box Split" and I think it's only going to get better.