|Nat Sherman Timeless Collection|
For my second review of the Timeless Collection line I chose the smallest vitola, the #5. The cigar measures 3.75" and has a 43 ring gauge. It is smaller than your typical petit corona, but would fall into that category I would say. The wrapper is slightly oily and there are some veins present in the wrapper that has this natural red/brown coloring to it. It is a solid Colorado color wrapper, and it is a Criollo seed wrapper from Honduras. Underneath the wrapper is a Dominican binder, and is composed of filler from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. It is firm in hand, and has lovely aromas of spices, wood, earth and leather. Like the Hermoso, the aroma is very warm and comforting. It has a solid cold draw to it, and I am hoping that the cigar will remain cool throughout the smoke despite the size.
As I get into the second half of the cigar, I am finding a nice continuation of flavors from the first half, and a couple additional subtle flavors. There is still that solid coffee, cocoa, nuts and leather flavor profile, and the finish of spices, oak and vanilla has been accompanied by this light honey flavor. The spices notes throughout the cigar show this cinnamon flavor profile, and I also picked up on this slight wine flavor profile with the oak notes throughout. The cigar remained medium in body through the second half of the cigar, and the construction was still impeccable. I held on to the ash through the first half and then after tapping it into the ashtray, held on to the entire second half ash. I smoked this little puppy down to the nub, and on the nub it was cool and flavorful.
I have really enjoyed the smokes in the new Timeless Collection line, and the #5 is no exception. The cigar really captures tons of great flavors while presenting a nice strength level, and does it all in a petit corona vitola. I know a lot of smokers are leaning towards larger ring gauge cigars, and that is a shame because they really do not know what they are missing with cigars that are smaller in ring gauge. This is a cigar that provides a great smoking experience in every aspect, and can do in under 40 minutes. This is a perfect lunchtime or morning smoke, and would be great with a cup of coffee. I have been in a huge petit corona and lancero mindset these past months, and this cigar falls into that category. I give this smoke a 92, and I believe this a line that will be getting more and more attention by brick and mortar shops when the proprietors smoke more and more of them.