Fred describes the profile of the SA-17 as being medium full, like a C-276, but with the added richness of San Andres tobacco.
The C-276 ranks as one of my favorite sticks Fred has done to date. Hearing that the profile brings that sort of body to the table had me very excited for the cigars to hit the market.
Sold in 21 count boxes, they’re available in 4 vitolas. A Corinita (5-1/2x46), Robusto (5x50), Toro (6x50) and a Shorty (4x46).
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The nose on the SA-17 has a lot of earthy leather. I’d describe it as rustic and rough. I’m getting milk chocolate and hay out of the foot.
The first few draws produced significant powdered cocoa flavors. The draw is slightly tight but well in the acceptable range.
The retrohale is nothing short of phenomenal, with some medium strength spices with almost a sweet vanilla cream underneath. The finish is quite leathery and only picks up in strength on the post draw. As the first third settles in, there’s a strong pepper that begins to push to the front of the profile. It was previously hiding underneath the intense spices, and it starts to linger between draws. The pepper notes fall off sharply at about 15 minutes in.
As the SA-17 starts to transition into the middle third, there’s a soft cedar that rounds out the pepper through each draw. The powdered cocoa takes on a more complex flavor profile, becoming the dominant note as the middle third begins.
The cedar picks up in intensity, becoming as strong as the chocolate as the SA-17 transitions to the last third. The pepper is nowhere to be found, with the spices on the retrohale falling to a light plus at most. As the last third establishes itself, the leather picks up in intensity like the cedar did at the end of the middle third. I’m getting some earthiness in the retrohale now which are really displacing the spices.
Total smoking time 1 hour 35 minutes.
Fred Rewey has certainly done it again with the SA-17. I’m very fortunate that I accidentally purchased two 5 packs instead of a single 5 pack.
The SA-17 delivers tons of body without sacrificing flavor nuances. The addition of the San Andres wrapper gives it a nice uniqueness in in the Nomad lineup.