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Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos Review
7/29/2014 5:05:00 PM  

Cigar Review:

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Nat Sherman Epoca Perfecto (5 3/4 x 52)

Nat Sherman has resurrected one of their oldest brands, actually the first they offered on the premium market, called the Epoca, to commemorate their long standing history in the cigar industry. The Epoca uses the same packaging artwork from the original release, which was a "clear" Havana, meaning it contained Cuban tobacco, but was sold in the States prior to the embargo. Released at IPCPR 2014, the Nat Sherman Epoca was produced by the Quesada's in the Dominican Republic. It uses a golden brown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos


The Nat Sherman Epoca, especially the Perfecto has a very retro look to it. The packaging is an absolute throwback and does what the brand sets out to do, harken back to the clear Havana pre-embargo blend that it was. A super smooth, golden brown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper shines in the light, seamlessly encasing the cigar. Overall a very appealing looking cigar.

Burn / Draw / Construction:

The burn and draw on the Nat Sherman Epoca was nothing short of perfection. Once again, the cigar mimics a Cuban with a white, flakey ash, but unlike the forbidden fruit, this cigars burn line was like a laser. The draw had just the right amount of resistance, offering the ability to "sip" or pull big plumes of smoke. The construction was good also, firm but not too much so.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos


Pre-light draw consists of an sweet tobacco and hay like flavor. The Epoca starts off fairly mild and creamy with a light, nutty sweetness and an enjoyable aroma that's similar to some Cuban cigars. Also similar to some Havana's is the medium body, yet medium to full amount of flavor that the cigar exudes. As the Epoca burns past the halfway point, the sweet creaminess remains in the forefront with a nice amount of spice through the nose with a retrohale. The final third approached a hair over medium in body and introduced some nice cocoa flavor, along with more natural nutty and leather notes. The aroma continues to be fantastic, it smells of vanilla and some coconut. A very smooth and enjoyable mix of flavors. Definitely complex enough to keep you guessing, but completely enjoyable and approachable to someone who isn't super experienced.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos

Overall Thoughts:

I thought the Nat Sherman Epoca was a fantastic cigar. If the companies aim was to manufacture a cigar with retro styling and milder "Cubanesque" flavor and body then they nailed it. I'm very interested to try some of the other sizes, particularly the smaller ring gauges, which may produce a little more strength. The Quesada's have been blending excellent medium body cigars for many years and recently with brands like the Espana and the Jalapa, they've shown they can create a milder cigar that's packed with nuance and interesting flavor. I usually reach for a milder cigar early on in the day, this Epoca would be a perfect cigar to enjoy with coffee in the morning. For fans of Nat Sherman cigars, or the Quesada Family's blending, this cigar is a must try. Also if you're looking for a mild to medium cigar with true characteristics of a Cuban, add this one to your short list.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos

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Tags: IPCPR 2014, cigar reviews, nat sherman, epoca, quesada, Cuban, Havana, Ecuadorian Connecticut, mild to medium
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Casa Fernandez Miami 35th Aniversario Bohème No. 35 Cigar Review
By J. Wood
12/12/2013 2:28:00 PM  

Casa Fernández Miami 35th Aniversario (Bohème No. 35)

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 6 x 54, Toro

Factory: Casa Fernández Miami

In 2002, Casa Fernández, owned by Eduardo Fernandez, purchased Tropical Tobacco, owned by Pedro Martin, which was founded in 1978. Doing the math, you’ll realize that was 35 years ago. As is quite common in the cigar industry, Casa Fernández decided to celebrate its “coral” anniversary with a limited edition cigar, the Casa Fernánez Miami 35th Aniversario, also known as the Bohème No. 35.

To make this cigar, Casa Fernández, which also operates a tobacco growing operation under the name Aganorsa Tobacco, dug into its stores of aged tobaccos and pulled out a blend of 5-6 year old Nicaraguan tobaccos. Casa Fernández has operated on its “Seeds to Ash” motto for some time now, which has helped the company maintain vertical integration in its cigar production. While there are many good cigars out there which are blended and rolled by a company separate than the tobacco grower, it never hurts to have oversight over all points of the cigar’s manufacturing. Accordingly, it would have no doubt been difficult for a cigar company celebrating its 35th anniversary to have access to 5-6 year aged tobaccos if they didn't grow, age and store those tobaccos themselves.

Casa Fernández decided on a single size for the release, a box-pressed 6 x 54 Toro, which have been packed in 10-count boxes. Each box is signed by Eduardo Fernandez and Paul Palmer, General Manager of Casa Fernández. These cigars are rolled at Casa Fernández’s Miami factory.


The Casa Fernandez 35th Aniversario’s wrapper is a consistent tanned leather color, which has a silky texture. The cigar’s box pressing isn’t sharp, as there are still rounded edges. There is just a slight bit of oil on the wrapper. The cigar feels firm when squeezed and carries an evenly placed cap.


The cigar provided very mild smells with no trace of ammonia or youth. There were aromas of earth and sweet cocoa with fruit rind coming from the foot. The cold draw was one of the most unique I’ve ever tasted. There was what I can only describe as a watermelon candy taste which was accompanied by some earth and just the hint of cayenne spice.

1st Third:

The cigar started fairly mild with some cayenne spice upfront and a very easy draw despite the cigars firmness. There was some earth upfront too with some light nuttiness. Once the cigar got going, saltiness developed on top of some dried fruit, a pleasant toasted aftertaste and a cinnamon spice that stuck around.

2nd Third:

The strength builds some in the middle of the cigar moving above medium-bodied. The spice was still around, but it was a different spice than what is normally found in Nicaraguan cigars. There was no bite to the spice. The cigar picked up plenty of sweetness, which wasn’t like watermelon candy, but was somewhat candied neverthless. The cigar had copious smoke production.

Final Third:

Towards the end of the middle and the beginning of the final third of the 35th Aniversario, the cigar started to evolve a bit, picking up flavors of chocolate, coffee and sweet cedar and dumping a bit of the mild spice. These flavors combined with the previous flavors to produce a toffee note. There was a pleasant tartness on the tip of the tongue as well with a toasted note. At the end of the cigar, which wasn't at all harsh, there were hints of mint and tea and a really easy finish. The cigar finished with a latte note lingering on the palate.


There is a certain profile we’ve come to expect from Nicaraguan puros, and this cigar was quite different from that profile. For instance, there wasn’t an overload of leather, earth and spice. Instead the cigar runs through a range of interesting flavors, producing one of the more unique cigars I’ve tasted in a while. It might be redundant to point out that this is probably due to the age of the tobaccos used throughout the blend. Many of the Nicaraguan cigars being produced today carry a much stronger and younger profile that the market seems to be asking for. This cigar, even with only several months since its rolling, is already showing great aged characteristics and a refinement that is tough to find on "new" cigars. With a medium-bodied strength, this cigar stands apart from much of the competition.

Estimated smoking time: 1 and 1/2 hours

If you are interested in trying the Casa Fernández, you can check them out here.

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Tags: Casa Fernandez, Eduardo Fernandez, Paul Palmer, Aganorsa Tobacco, Nicaragua, puro, cigar review, Bohème No. 35
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Room101 Serie HN Cigar Review
By J. Wood
11/7/2013 3:54:00 PM  

Room101 Serie HN 615 Cigar Review

Wrapper: Honduran Criollo ‘98

Binder:Brazilian Mata Fina, Honduran Criollo ‘98

Filler: Dominican Navarette

Size: 615 (7 x 48)

The Room 101 HN, unveiled at the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, is another highly-anticipated addition to the Room101 portfolio from Matt Booth, founder of the popular boutique brand. This cigar was built around Honduran Criollo, per Oettinger Davidoff Group:

Following the success of our most recent core offering, the Room101 San Andres, we’ve decided to take yet another unique journey with this new blend. Honduran Criollo is widely-known for its signature taste; rich, rugged and filled with intense spice. By itself, Criollo can be slightly one dimensional. However, when expertly combined with tobaccos such as Mata Fina from Brazil and a creamy Dominican Navarette, the richness and spice of Criollo comes to life in an unimaginable way. The result is a multi-dimensional and full-flavored, medium-intensity cigar with a level of balance unmatched by most.

The “HN” comes from the use of both the Honduran Criollo, the “H,” and Dominican Navarette, the “N.”

The Room101 Serie HN is being release in five vitolas: 213 (5 1/2 x 44), 305 (5 x 50), 615 (7 x 48), 808 (6 x 60) and Papi Chulo (4 x 42). Each size comes in a 25-count box, except the Papi Chulo, which comes in a 50-count box. This is a limited production smoke. Only 20,000 of each vitola were produced. I smoked the 615 for this review.


This long cigar has an evenly colored wrapper with very minial veins and a fine grain. The cigar is finished with a triple cap, has a leathery look and is velvety to the touch. The cigar feels well-filled when squeezed with no soft spots.


The cigar has smells of barnyard, cedar, fruit rind and leather. The cold draw is open and provides a mixture of raisins, chocolate and coffee with some earth.

1st Third:

The Serie HN started with a load of pepper spice on the light and delivered plenty of smoke. There were flavors of red pepper, earth and leather. Some mild fruitiness complimented the spice nicely. The first third was rounded out nicely with plenty of woodiness.

2nd Third:

During the middle of the cigar, the spice and earth stuck around, though the spice wasn’t overwhelming. Some sweetness began to develop, and the fruitiness turned into a distinct orange peel. The leather was a predominant note towards the final third with some cinnamon in the background.

Final Third:

A lot of the previous flavors carried over into the last bit of the cigar including the leather and earth. The fruitiness receded a bit, but was still slightly present. The strength of the cigar stayed constant throughout, which was somewhere between medium-bodied and full-bodied. Some hints of toffee, cocoa powder and tea rounded out the end of the cigar.