Early last year, Nomad Cigar Company announced that they would be releasing their eighth regular production line at the 2015 IPCPR show in New Orleans—the Nomad Therapy series. Blended to help cigar smokers “find therapy”, with three blends to choose from: Connecticut, Habano, and Maduro—there is something for everyone to enjoy in the series.
Wind the clocks back four or five years, Fred (@Godfadr) Rewey decided that he’d had enough of merely “enjoying” cigars, he wanted to give back to the community and create a new path for his legacy. Dedicating himself to learning all he could from the tobacco wizards of the Dominican Republic, Rewey built Nomad from the ground up on a simple foundation: “Work with great tobacco, blend to showcase the tobaccos greatest attributes, and quality construction without skipping corners.”
Anyone with a small knowledge of the craft cigar industry knows that Rewey’s foundational principles paid off. Barely four years into his company, having eight fully produced cigar lines is a huge accomplishment for Nomad. Pair that with Fred’s consistent, humble, “I am learning all I can every day” attitude, and you have a great dude leading a fresh and consistent cigar brand.
Nomad Therapy Cigars Breakdown
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez S.A.
- Production: Regular release
- Price Range: $7.00 – $7.50
Nomad Therapy Connecticut
Featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, San Andreas Mexican binder, and Nicaraguan fillers, this is obviously meant to give therapy to the more mild of smokers. Showing off a beautiful light-gold wrapper, the Connie has a nice, clean roll with visible seams and a well-established cap. The cigar is wearing the classic Nomad logo, with a simple blue and white color scheme.
First off, the construction starts and ends flawlessly. A perfect draw gives me enormous amounts of smoke throughout my time with it, with nice, solid chunks of ash hanging on perfectly. On the flavor side of things, the Therapy Connecticut starts off with a surprising bang: full body, pepper, spices, and a deep, woody finish that I can only describe as pine needles. About an inch down, however, things turn more to where I expect your average Connecticut to be—mild and boring. Light pepper, salted butter, cream, olive oil, and white wine finish out a mildly smooth smoking experience. Not my personal cup of tea, and definitely not my favorite Nomad.
- Score: 89 “Rides on the Mild Side”
Nomad Therapy Habano
Being my favorite wrapper variety, I was eager to try Nomad’s Therapy Habano next. This, the second cigar to give me therapy, features a Habano Rosado wrapper from Ecuador, along with a Habano binder from Jalapa, and Nicaraguan fillers. The cigar looks quite delicious, its golden-brown wrapper perfectly rolled, with a small amount tooth. Much like the Connie, the Habano skins a simple red and white band with the Nomad logo.
Following suit from its mild-mannered brother, the Therapy Habano exhibits, yet again, the attention to detail Fred Rewey takes when constructing his cigars—flawless. The Habano also starts with a decent kick, with thick and chewy smoke developing spices and creamy flavors on the first light. Further in, notes of cinnamon, pine wood, leather, and a sweet, creamy finish puts this Habano right where I like it.
- Score: 90 “Up to Par”
Nomad Therapy Maduro
The third and final blend of the Therapy series is obviously a maduro cigar. The Therapy Maduro has a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper, Habano binder from Jalapa (same as the Therapy Habano) and filler tobacco from Nicaragua. Unlike the other Therapy blends, this guy looks much different. Sporting a thick, musty black wrapper with a healthy amount tooth, it’s clear this is a good looking Maduro cigar. No surprise, the Maduro wears a black and white Therapy band.
Speaking of no surprises, guess what I am going to say about the Therapy Maduro’s construction? You guessed it: picture-perfect. Draw, smoke output, ash, smoke time—all completely up to par with Nomad’s seemingly high standards. Following the Therapy trend, a big-bang of flavor envelopes my senses with just one puff. Pepper, cedar, smoked jerky, spices, and a rosemary finish is just the start of this little guy. Further down the burn line, pine needles, anise, deep earth, pepper, and a sweet tobacco core finish things off with a well-balanced palate. This being Nomad’s first Broadleaf blend, Fred sure did his homework.
- Score: 90 “A Must-have Maduro”
Nomad H-Town San Andres Lancero Breakdown
- Wrapper: San Andrés
- Binder: Dominican Habano
- Filler: Dominican | Nicaraguan
- Factory: Tabacalera L&V (Dominican Republic)
- Production: Limited Edition (200 boxes of 10 cigars)
- Vitola: 7″ × 38 Lancero
- Price: $8.50
Not technically included in the Therapy series (though bearing the same look/feel in a gold scheme), Nomad’s most recent release is the H-Town San Andrés Lancero. Blended exclusively for Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas, this is added to the list of 10 H-Town Lancero’s being blended solely for Stogies. This particular cigar happens to be the only San Andrés Maduro in Stogie’s collection. The blend features a beautiful, oily, San Andrés wrapper (with a good amount of tooth), a Habano binder from the Dominican Republic, and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers.
With no astonishment, the H-Town performs absolutely perfectly from beginning to end. Flavors start and end with full body and a fair amount of strength. The profile ranges anywhere from a deep earth, with spicy peppers and wood aromas, to a more sweet and creamy side of things, with a delicious cedar and coffee finish. Either way, this is easily one of my favorite maduro lancero’s in recent memory.
- Score: 92 “Affordably Delicious”
Fred Rewey made a great decision back in 2012 when he decided to get in bed with the cigar industry. But his decision making compass didn’t give up there—his devotion and passion for his craft has fueled an incredible company that basically came out of nowhere. Dedicating himself to a student mentality, Fred spends several months out of the year learning and practicing from the best of the best in order to fully appreciate his art. And from all that dedication, well, the results speak for themselves. Rewey has proven himself to his industry, and all we as consumers have to do to thank him is, well, enjoy his tasty cigars.
Would I smoke THESE again?
Absolutely. Well, minus the Connecticut. It isn’t bad at all, my personal taste buds just aren’t enjoying the milder smokes at the moment. It’s definitely worth trying for any Connie lover however. As far as the other three go: any day. The flawless construction that I can depend on is something rare in the industry right now, and it makes that small price tag even more appealing.