Fugitive (Perfecto), 5.875 x 64
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
|Cigar age||2 yr. 0.4 mo.|
BACKGROUND: Fred Rewey introduced his first line of Nomad cigars in March of 2012, the same year he founded the Nomad Cigar Company. Rewey’s flagship cigar was called the “Fugitive,” which was the cigar that started it all for Nomad Cigar Company. This Limited Edition stick is all but impossible to get your hands on these days, and yet, it is made from the same basic blend as the rest of the Nomad portfolio of cigars. That blend includes Dominican filler and binder tobaccos and a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leaf.
The original Fugitive weighs in at 5.9 inches and is 64 ring gauge at its largest girth. This bulbous cigar is accentuated in shape by its sharply tapered head and foot. (The current “Fugitive II” has a less radical taper and is just 51 ring gauge at its largest girth.)
I have just one of the original Fugitives left and I sacrificed it for this postscript review.
TASTING NOTES: The Fugitive launched out of the gate with oak wood, white pepper spice and a subtle sweetness on the palate. Retrohaling brought more white pepper and a sweet bread-like character.
The burn and draw were spot on. The smooth draw provided plenty of smoke and the burn line was razor sharp, if just a bit meandering. The ash was perfectly striated and held onto the foot of the cigar until I kicked it off in 2-inch chunks.
This cigar displayed great complexity. In my opinion, that was due to the sharply tapering foot and head, which changed the wrapper-to-filler ratio throughout the smoke.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This cigar had an earthy sweetness, was savory, and it smoked perfectly, right to the nub. At 2 years of age this cigar is really hitting its stride.
The 2012 LE Fugitive is perfectly balanced and still lively on the palate and on the retrohale. Add that to the near perfect construction and I really couldn’t have asked for a better smoke. My only complaint is that, this was my last cigar from this batch. I hated to see it go, but on the other hand, it went out in a blaze of glory.
I highly recommend the 2012 LE Fugitive. The only problem will be finding them. You may have to scour the countryside like an antique collector looking for buried treasure. If you can find some, buy them. Period.
Final verdict: Buy and smoke.
A few months back, I moved my remaining singles to the singles drawer of my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The active, set-and-forget, humidification system is set to 68%RH and the average humidity has been around 66%RH over the past few weeks.
This is the second and final review of these sticks, which now have a total of 2 years, 10 days of age.
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