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Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Epoca Selection Prince

4 Nov 2014

The first thing I focused on with this Nat Sherman wasn’t the smooth Ecuadorian wrapper or the pleasant pre-light aroma. It was the simple band, reminiscent of a bygone era of beer joints, pool halls, and all-night diners permeated with ashtrays and cigar smoke.

nat-sherman-epocaIn fact, much of the cigar captures the spirit of the original Epoca that launched Nat Sherman into the cigar business in 1929. From box art to its medium strength, this is a celebration, much like the Joel Sherman 75th Anniversary released earlier this year.

There are six vitolas in the line, ranging in price from $9 to $15. I smoked the 6-inch, 50-ring gauge Prince, with samples provided by Nat Sherman.

From the start, the burn and draw were just about perfect. If the cigar produced any more smoke, you wouldn’t be surprised to see a hook-and-ladder truck. And not only is there a lot of smoke, it’s thick and rich.

I found no surprise that the Epoca kicked off with that grassy taste familiar to Connecticut tobacco. It was somewhat surprising, though, that it didn’t last. A nice tobacco sweetness edged it aside, with a bit of leather and earth. Then, the grass worked its way back in during the final third.

The flavors are balanced throughout, creating a pleasing experience from start to finish.

While I think almost any smoker would enjoy it, those looking for a stick to add to their morning routine would be the first I’d suggest give it a try. Epoca would also be a good choice for those who routinely enjoy mild cigars and want to step up a shade in strength.

I also plan to try it in a smaller size, such as the Breva, which is 5 inches long with a 42-ring gauge. I wonder whether that might concentrate the flavors more.

All in all, this is another fine new offering from Nat Sherman, and I rate it three and a half stogies out of five.

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George E

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