I picked up a box of Nomad Esteli Lot 1386 LE when Fred Rewey, owner of Nomad Cigars, was on the June 27th CigarFederation.com Cigar Chat.
I was able to smell barnyard and the sweet scent of tobacco.
The Nomad Esteli Lot 1386 LE comes in a Toro vitola, measuring 6” by 52 ring gauge. Triple capped.
Only 307 boxes were produced, and these were limited to specific retailers. The reason for the specific number of boxes is that it roughly represented the land area of Esteli, Nicaragua. Fred was also limited by the amount of tobacco that he could source for this particular release. The 1386 first debuted in July, 2013 at the IPCPR in Las Vegas and represented the first production line out of Nicaragua for Nomad. In the past Nomad cigars were only out of the Dominican Republic.
The first impression is lots of pepper. The pepper burst calms down almost immediately to balance out well. There are some nutty flavors that break though at about the 10 minute mark. Very balanced profile.
The pepper has fallen right off at the mid point of the first third, although I can still pick it up quite distinctly on a retro-hale.
The nutty flavors present in the first third are still the primary taste going into the second third. I’m feeling that Esteli ligero tobacco strength starting to hit home already.
There is some sweetness balanced with earth going into the last third. Very enjoyable.
At this point I’m definitely feeling the tobacco strength.
Really great burn for the entire cigar experience. The draw leaned towards the open end but was still good overall. Total smoking time was just over 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Available in a 12 count box, only 307 boxes were produced. When they debuted on the Cigar Chat event, singles were $8.75 each. At the time of the show I managed to pick up a box of 12 for $105. Given that this is an exceptionally good cigar, this price is very affordable.
The Nomad Esteli Lot 1386 LE is a very balanced cigar for the entire smoking experience and finishes as well as it starts. This is one of those cigars that you will smoke right down to the nub. I’m exceptionally pleased that I managed to pick up a box. If you haven’t had a chance to try one of these, and you really enjoy full bodied cigars, you would do well to snap up one of these while you can.