The Nat Sherman cigar shop in New York City has a long and illustrious history, and at the very foundation of that history is the Epoca Cigar, which was their very first release in 1929. The cigar has now been re-released, and while the blend and tobacco are different, the cigar features a retro band and comes in a box featuring the original Epoca artwork. This new version of the cigar is manufactured by Quesada Cigars in the Dominican Republic. The idea behind this release is to pay homage to the history of the Nat Sherman Company, but to also allow modern-day cigar smokers to get a glimpse of the past and taste what a cigar of that era might have been like.
Epoca Cigar Breakdown
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
- Binder/Filler: Nicaragua/Dominican Republic
- Factory: Manufactura de Tabacos, S.A. (Dominican Republic)
- Production: Full Release boxes of 20
- Vitola: 6″ x 50 “Prince” toro
- Profile: Medium body
- Price: $9.00
The Epoca’s Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper is a gorgeous caramel tan with an aroma of grass and a subtle sweetness. The cut and pre-light draw reveal an amazing draw, with the perfect amount of resistance. After toasting and lighting it’s clear to me that this cigar was made with rich, flavorful tobacco – coating my tongue with notes of roasted nuts, caramel, hay, and even a touch of citrus.
The thing I really dig about the Epoca is that even the slightest draw gives me plenty of satisfying flavor. There are so many cigars on the market today that require a punishing amount of effort just to get the amount of flavor and smoke that you are seeking, therefore this Epoca is a very welcomed contrast.
As I work my way into the Epoca, the retro presentation allows me to envision the original “Clear Havana” Epoca as I daydream about smoking and drinking at Nat Sherman’s speakeasy in the 1920’s. This cigar deserves a well made cocktail to pair with and I might suggest an Old Fashioned or Sazerac. While this cigar features a very approachable $9 price tag, it seems much more luxurious to me and I am completely enjoying the sweet tea and honey notes at the halfway point. The Epoca is creamy smooth and, if you are like me, you will love the salted caramel flavor of the raw tobacco on your tongue.
As you might have guessed, I am thoroughly enjoying this cigar, and what really has me excited is the subtle changes in flavor as I head towards the finish. While there seems to be an overriding note of caramel and nuts, as I near the band I am picking up toasted marshmallow and penuche (penuche is a brown sugar fudge that Italians typically make around Christmas time) – delicious.
The Epoca isn’t a strong cigar but it’s not too mild either. I would place it squarely in the medium bodied category, which makes this a great choice to smoke at anytime of day. If I could come up with a criticism, it might be that the Epoca is a somewhat fast burning cigar and I would recommend getting one of the longer vitolas (of the 6 available).
Would I smoke this cigar again?
With great construction, fantastic presentation, and warm inviting flavors, the Epoca is one of my favorite cigars of the year. Nat Sherman graciously sent me 4 samples of the Epoca for this review but I bought my own supply of these after I tasted one for the first time. The Epoca is now in my regular rotation and I have to force myself to smoke something else just to break things up and offer some variety – yes I like these THAT much! Does that answer the question?…
- Perfect draw
- Brilliant, old school flavors
- Great value
- Some samples showed construction issues