Renegade (Robusto), 5.5 x 54
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
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BACKGROUND: In March of 2012, Fred Rewey, founder and president of Nomad Cigar Company, Inc., introduced his first line of Nomad cigars.
Rewey has focused his efforts on producing the highest quality cigars available by concentrating on acquiring great tobacco, coordinating great blending and ensuring great construction.
To implement this strategic plan, Nomad’s founder was adamant about first making a high quality product and letting the price points fall where they must. According to Rewey, “It doesn’t do any good staying focused on a [low] price point if you can’t deliver a solid cigar.”
Nomad cigars are created in the heart of the Dominican Republic and their initial offering comes in 5 shapes. The cigars showcase Dominican filler and binder tobaccos with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
Nomad’s flagship cigar is called the “Fugitive.” The 2012 Limited Edition is 5 7/8” in length with a max ring size of 64. The Fugitive has a unique feature being tapered on both ends.
The other cigars in the lineup are the Drifter, a 6-inch by 60 ring gauge Toro Gordo, the Navigator, a 6-inch by 52 ring Torpedo, the Vagabond, a 4.6 by 54 Perfecto and the cigar I'm featuring today, the 5.5-inch by 54 ring gauge Renegade Robusto.
TASTING NOTES: The first thing I noticed in the flavor of the Nomad is what I call wine barrel; it's the combination of wet oak wood and red wine flavors. It emanates an aura or calls up a vision of being in a wine cellar.
Retrohaling the smoke added a rich aroma of coffee with cream along with a little aromatic wood.
The flavors seemed balanced and complex and the cigar displayed nuanced character. I rather liked this feature because it means that you are unsure of what to expect next.
The Nomad Robusto exhibited a smooth draw and overall had excellent burn characteristics. The pearl white ash was perfectly formed and pellet-like when I tapped off the first time at the 1-inch mark. The thin black burn line, which started off meandering, then graduated to almost razor-edge sharpness.
During the first half, the cigar was light-medium in body and strength and medium, maybe medium-full, in flavor.
FINAL THOUGHTS: As I reached the second half, I noted flavors of bourbon and the smoky sweetness of barbecue sauce. The body and strength increased to a solid medium, while the flavor ramped up to medium-full. This means that this cigar will likely appeal to wide range of flavor and body preferences.
Most notably the flavor acquired a nice tobacco sweetness that permeated the finish and left a lasting and pleasant aftertaste on my palate.
The ash became a bit more fragile during the second half and the cigar tended to ash itself unexpectedly in 3/4-inch segments. Nevertheless, the construction and burn remained stellar and I had no complaints about the performance.
The Nomad Renegade Robusto weighs in at $8 per stick, which will not make it an everyday cigar for most folks, but it is nevertheless a cigar that should have wide appeal and one that I recommend you try. The $8–$10 price range is a very competitive one, especially among boutique brands whose overhead for cigar production is typically higher. While it may be tempting to limit all or most of your cigar purchases to the newly-popular “bargain basement” brands, in light of the many wonderful new boutique brands that have entered the market over the past few years, I would encourage save some of your focus, and your dollars, for interesting and challenging smokes like the Nomad.
These cigars are resting peacefully, wrapped in cellophane wrappers, in my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The set-and-forget humidification system is set at 68%RH and the Spring temperatures range between 66–72°F.
This is the first of two podcast reviews on these stogies, which have been resting for 1.4 months in my humidor.
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