Team Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Timeless 2020 TAA Limited Edition

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Cigar Details: Nat Sherman Timeless 2020 TAA Limited Edition

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Jalapa
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa
  • Factory: Plasencia
  • Blender: Michael Herklots
  • Price: $12.00
  • Release Date: March 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Nat Sherman Timeless 2020 TAA Limited Edition is a marbled dark brown with a couple of slightly raised veins present. The seams are easily visible as they are a bit raised while the head is finished off with a well applied double cap. There are two bands, and the old folks would use the term “murdered out” as they are mostly black on black aside from the primary band having the Timeless name in dark gray. The secondary band denotes TAA 2020. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of hay and sweet wood while the foot brings wood and black pepper. The pre-light draw brings a mild cedar.

Pre-light Experience

Finished with a beautiful wrapper that is Colorado-Maduro to Maduro in coloring, the Nat Sherman Timeless 2020 TAA Limited Edition is great in appearance. The wrapper is oily in texture and sports veins that are small to large in size. I am picking up aromas of raisins, chocolate, rich earth, stone fruit, red pepper and sweet spices on the foot, and I am getting similar qualities with some leather on the wrapper.

Pre-light Experience

The Nat Sherman Timeless 2020 TAA Limited Edition has a UPC sticker that doesn’t seal the cellophane shut, and therefore isn’t ripped when the cellophane is opened. Aromas from the wrapper included cedar, light leather, sweetness and underneath everything there was chlorophyll. Stewed raisin and coffee is present from the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Nat Sherman Timeless 2020 TAA Limited Edition has a Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. I love the matte black bands against the wrapper. It highlights both the wrapper and the bands well. Major veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a deep layered wrap. Aromas from the wrapper tell strong barnyard and cedar. Aromas from the foot give spicy white pepper spice, cedar and nuts. Cold draw tells rich white pepper and cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, mustiness and dense cinnamon. At a half inch in, the cinnamon has transitioned to a dull black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper is fairly light but does have a long finish. The retrohale is musty wood. At an inch and a half, the wood becomes a bit more defined as cedar. As the third comes to a close, the cedar and black pepper are paired together up front as the mustiness is now light in the background. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with some lovely spices and it is accompanied by some mineral and earth qualities. There are faints of raisins and dark chocolate and it has a smoky, creamy and toasty finish. In terms of strength and body, the cigar smokes at a medium-full level.

First Third

Sweet cocoa, lingering cedar, with a heavy, lingering cedar mouthfeel after the draw. Cedar moves into the middle of the profile quite quickly. Some light coffee and earth notes come through on the retrohale. As the first third settles in, some lingering baking spices add complexity. By the halfway point, baking spices linger between draws. A post draw earthiness joins just as the cigar hits that halfway point. As the cigar approaches the end of the third, earth moves into the middle of the profile.

First Third

The first third has a balanced profile, doing a good job of capturing all spectrums of flavors. Nutty, syrup like sweetness, bread, tropical fruits and just the right amount of white pepper coming through. Retrohaling brings out more white pepper and nuts. The finish has bitter roasted nuts and buttered bread. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third begins with the cedar, black pepper and mustiness all even. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper has a slight lead over the cedar and mustiness. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, the cedar gains a toasted note and is now even up front with the mustiness while the black pepper is back to being in the background. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted cedar and mustiness with black pepper light in the background. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some transitioning and grows in strength, body and flavors. The spices in this third have become darker and I am getting this base black pepper spice. It is paired with some damp oak qualities and with that some rich earth. There are some dark chocolate qualities as well and the finish is that of espresso beans. In terms of strength and body, the cigar is smoking at a level between medium-full and full.

Second Third

Earth and espresso make up the retrohale going into the second third. A lingering, toasted earth defines the post draw. As the second third approaches the mid-point, cedar settles into the middle of the flavor profile. In the bottom half, some sweet cedar comes through to add complexity.

Second Third

The second third continues the trend of balance with full flavors. The syrup, nuts, bread and ideal white pepper is still going strong. Not getting the tropical fruits anymore but the flavors are so balanced and full that it doesn’t matter. Strength and body continues to be medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toast note paired with the cedar transitions to a light char. At a half inch in, the black pepper is gone and the charred cedar and mustiness are even. The retrohale mimics the even mix of charred cedar and mustiness. The cigar maintains the charred cedar and mustiness through to the end. The strength remained at medium.

Final Third

The final third shows some transitioning from the second third and I am picking up a flavor profile of stone fruit, rich earth and black and red pepper. There are some faint cocoa and coffee bean notes, but they are subtle and on the finish with the pepper profile. Like before though, the cigar is smoking at a level between medium-full and full for strength and body.

Final Third

The last third kicks off with sweet earth, and cedar, both on the retrohale. Toasted medium strength earth lingers on the post draw. As the last third settles in, a sweet cedar moves into the middle of the profile.

Final Third

The final third shows more spice and introduces minerals into the fold. The profile is still full in flavors and balanced with syrup, nuts and bread. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout and the cigar went out once requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn was solid on the cigar. It smoked evenly from beginning to end, presenting no problems.

Burn

I had significant burn issues, most likely due to the draw issues. The burn was initially straight, with a half inch ash. The cigar went out at the halfway point, requiring a re-light. It went out a second time at the end of the second third, requiring a re-light. The cigar went out again in the last third, requiring a third re-light.

Burn

Near perfect burn performance. Only some minor issues with a slightly uneven burn requiring a couple quick touch-ups and some flaky ashes.

Draw

The draw was a bit tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with wood, mustiness and dense cinnamon. The cinnamon transitioned to a dull black pepper. Later, the wood became more defined as cedar. The second third saw the cedar gain a toasted note. In the final third, the toast became char as it was associated with the cedar and the black pepper dropped out. Construction was OK due to a wavy burn and a single re-light and strength was medium the whole way. The Nat Sherman Timeless 2020 TAA Limited Edition had a nice start but became average as the core flavor profile became fairly simple and maintained that level the rest of the way. With the price point being a bit high, I don’t really see myself returning based on the flavor experience.

Draw

The draw was very good throughout the cigar. Lovely level of resistance from start to finish.

Overall

I really enjoyed the Nat Sherman Timeless 2020 TAA Limited Edition and props to Nat Sherman for releasing two great TAA cigars, back to back. It was fun to see them do an entire Nicaraguan puro, following last year’s Dominican puro, and both are a success in my book. The cigar did a great job of delivering strong earth, spice and stone fruit notes, and the layers of pepper throughout were great as well. I think this is a cigar that is going to age well, and by Christmas will be smoking wonderfully. Sad to think this is probably the last time I will review a cigar by Nat Sherman.

Draw

I was able to draw on the cigar, but just barely. It was almost completely resistant, roughly 4-1/2 to 5 notches. I think it’s reasonable to assume the draw caused the burn problems.

Overall

The Nat Sherman Timeless 2020 TAA Limited Edition was a disappointing experience. While the flavor profile was fairly average, the combination of poor burn and draw resulted in a negative review. With that said, it’s important to remember that cigars are a handmade, artisanal product, and errors will occur during manufacturing. I would be eager to try another Timeless 2020 TAA Limited Edition, as having smoked many other Nat Sherman cigars previously, I don’t believe this cigar represents the normal product. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 58 minutes.

Draw

The draw was perfect, providing the ideal resistance and air flow.

Overall

There’s a consistent point I make when writing each third: the cigar is balanced and full flavored. The Nat Sherman Timeless 2020 TAA Limited Edition is by far the best in the line, delivering syrup like sweetness and consistency, nuts, bread and just the right amount of white pepper. It’s sad to know this cigar and company won’t be around anymore because I would love to taste more of these profiles from Nat Sherman. For now, I can at least try to search for more.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.09

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.27

Cost/Point

$1.65

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John McTavish

SCORE

4.38

Cost/Point

$2.74

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

7.07

Cost/Point

$1.70

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