Team Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Timeless Panamericana Belicoso Fino

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Cigar Details: Nat Sherman Timeless Panamericana Belicoso Fino

  • Vitola: Belicoso
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Costa Rica and Nicaragua
  • Factory: Plasencia
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $11.00
  • Release Date: March 2016
  • Source: Nat Sherman

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is medium brown with some darker freckles mixed in. There are a couple of slightly raised veins present and the seams are smooth but easily detectable as they have a slightly darker color at the edges. The belicoso head is finished nicely. There are two bands with the primary carrying the recently redesigned brand logo in gold and black with the line name just under it. The secondary strip band carries the same color combination and denotes the company name. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of wood and hay while the foot brings stone fruit and natural tobacco sweetness along with some white pepper. It provides a nice sweet and spicy combination. The pre-light draw brings the same wood and hay combination that I got from the wrapper aroma.

Pre-light Experience

The Nat Sherman Timeless Panamericana Belicoso Fino has a noticeable tapered head and I find this to be the case with Plasencia and Perdomo offerings (I know this is not from Perdomo). The wrapper has some great tooth to it, very old-school Ecuadorian Sumatra if you ask me and it has a lovely Colorado coloring. It is firm throughout, rough in texture and is giving off an aroma of seasoned wood, tobacco and leather. The foot is giving of notes of spices, earth, barnyard and tobacco, and it has this old country style feel to it.

Pre-light Experience

The Nat Sherman Timeless Panamericana Belicoso Fino has a medium natural leather shoe brown to the Equadorian Sumatra wrapper. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll firm and even, tapered head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give cedar, pencil lead and dry barnyard. Aromas from the foot give equal parts of black pepper and nuts. Cold draw tells cedar and light black pepper spice.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, walnut nuttiness and light black pepper. At a quarter inch in, a fairly intense mushroom mustiness with a bit of bite joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the mustiness has mellowed some and is more integrated with the wood and black pepper. The walnut nuttiness is quite faint now. The retrohale is wood with some light mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, the walnut nuttiness picks back up and is even with the wood up front while the mushroom mustiness is right behind it. The black pepper has dropped out of the profile. As the third comes to a close, the mushroom mustiness has moved slightly ahead of the wood and walnut. The mushroom mustiness still carries a slight bite to it. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third starts with some leather notes, and it is accompanied with some Asian spices, showing some cinnamon qualities. There is a meatiness to it and with that is some faint earth. Overall, a medium cigar in body and strength with a simple flavor profile.

First Third

The first third has a creamy texture to the body with flavors of milk cream, barnyard, nuts, cedar and minerals. Retrohaling allows the spice to show up in the form of black pepper spice. Furthermore, the milk creaminess and minerals build in intensity. The finish is pretty short with namely light cedar and cream. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third begins with the pungent mushroom mustiness up front. The wood and now general nuttiness is barely detectable behind it. At three quarters of an inch in, there have been no changes to the profile. The retrohale continues to provide wood and mustiness. At an inch in, the wood has just barely taken over the lead from the mushroom mustiness. The profile is fairly dry at this point. At an inch and a quarter, the wood gains some char and some bitterness also joins the profile to go along with the mustiness. The strength in this third remained at slightly below medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar and finding that it is delivering that core flavor profile of leather, earth and soft spices, and it is accompanied by some light coffee bean notes with that. It is still smoking at a medium level for body and strength, and like before, it is missing something to take it to the next level.

Second Third

The second third shows the cedar note being more raw. Further, the barnyard note is highlighted which creates a unique mingle with the milk cream. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

The final third begins with the charred wood up front and the mustiness behind it, but much mellower than before. At a quarter inch in, the charred wood and mustiness become even as the profile isn’t quite as drying as before. At three quarters of an inch in, the charred wood and mustiness are finally starting to resemble a cohesive flavor combination. This is how the cigar finished out. The strength in this third remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

The final third is very similar to that of the second third in the sense that it is showing some leather, earth and soft spices, but there is nothing else. The cinnamon notes are still present, though lacking, but the coffee profile has faded completely. In terms of body and strength, solid medium.

Final Third

The last third takes the formula from the second third but throws off the balance a bit. The cedar note continues to taste more raw/uncut which cuts down on the other flavors (barnyard, milk cream, minerals, nuts). Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy at times but never needed any attention. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

Construction on this belicoso was amazing. Beautiful burn line with a solid ash present from start to finish.

Burn

Burn performance was great. Not a single touch-up or re-light. Even burn and tight ashes.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with wood, walnut nuttiness and some black pepper. Pretty quickly, an intense mushroom mustiness joined in and threw the balance of the cigar off. As it progressed it was primarily the wood and mustiness with some hints of the nuttiness remaining. Construction was great and allowed me to just focus on flavor. Strength was just below medium the whole way. I can’t imagine the intense mushroom mustiness is what this cigar is designed to provide. I’m interested to see what the other guys experienced when reviewing this cigar. I’d be interested in revisiting to be able to see what another go round would provide, but at this time, it’s not something I could recommend.

Draw

Draw was to my liking with this cigar. Just enough resistance to really make you take your time and focus on the flavor profile.

Overall

I wasn’t expecting much when I went into the Nat Sherman Timeless Panamericana Belicoso Fino, and when I was done I got that as well. I thought the cigar completely lacked complexity and there was no depth or transitioning. Construction was off the charts, but other than that the cigar did not have anything to it. I would be interested in smoking this wrapper in a different vitola offering to see how it smokes, especially a smaller ring gauge, but if it does not perform well there, then the looks are deceiving. If a consumer was to look at the blend and then see the price, they would expect the opposite of what this cigar delivers.

Draw

The draw was a bit snug even cutting towards the bottom of the cap. Not a major deal by any means but worth a small mention.

Overall

Being new to Nat Sherman cigars (I’m almost certain this is the very first I’ve ever smoked), I gladly came in with zero expectations. The Nat Sherman Timeless Panamericana Belicoso Fino delivered some straight forward (nuts, cedar, minerals) and unique notes (barnyard and milk cream mixture). All in all, this was a good representation of a mild cigar and some fairly easy, good identifiable flavors. A good start for me in being introduced to this brand.

Aaron
Seth
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.53

Cost/Point

$1.99

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.33

Cost/Point

$2.06

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.80

Cost/Point

$1.62

Scoring System

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