Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Sterling Corona Grande

Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Sterling Corona Grande

Nat Sherman Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 5 3/4 x 46
Strength: medium bodied
Price: $11.20 MSRP

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Overall Rating: 8.9

Nat Sherman is a brand, like Dunhill and Davidoff, that can’t help but invoke class. From Michael Herklots ascots (yes, Michael that scarf looks like an ascot) to the timeless (no pun intended) look of their cigar bands, Nat Sherman has a particular air of gentlemanliness. The revitalization of the Nat Sherman name in recent years has been nothing short of spectacular. So I was extremely excited to try the Nat Sherman Sterling Corona Grande, and sure enough I was not disappointed. There are all kinds of grains and oat flavors that are uncommon in other cigars. It’s probably not a cigar for everyone, but it will find its place in my personal humidor.

Pre-Light: A silver band (hence the name Sterling) in the shape of a shield lends a classy British look to the cigar. On the foot a secondary silver band with the word “Sterling” completes the look of this cigar. The Connecticut wrapper is bumpy with many veins that gives the Nat Sherman Sterling an interesting look. bumpy wrapper w/ lots of small veins. A pre-light draw, that is a little on the firm side, gives off oak and hay notes. The construction on this cigar is flawless.

Burn: The Sterling is an even burning cigar from start to finish with no touch ups required. For a cigar of its size the draw is near perfect. On one of the cigars smoked for this review, the wrapper did come apart a little when the band was removed.

Flavor: The Nat Sherman Sterling starts off with wood and hay that developed on into the second third. Hints of black pepper and grass occur an inch in joining the existing woody flavors.
During the second third the black pepper fades a bit as barley and oats take over. Cedar, spice and nuts are present, but it is the creamy grains that really shine here. Throughout, the Nat Sherman Sterling is solidly medium bodied. Just before the final third of the Nat Sherman Sterling the oats and barely fades somewhat. The final third is dominated by flavors of cedar, oak, grass and herbs. There’s slight recurrence of black pepper right before the end of the cigar. The Sterling is a complex cigar with an interesting mix of woods and grains. There’s an almost scotch like quality to the flavors encountered that I personally find quite enjoyable.

Overall: I’ve become a big fan of what Nat Sherman has been doing the last several years (especially the Timeless 660), and the Sterling is no different. This is not a cigar for everyone, but I enjoyed it very much. The oats and barley notes mix well with the more traditional flavors making the Nat Sherman Sterling a fairly complex and  flavorful cigar. It’d be nice if the cigar was released in slightly larger sizes, as the short size left me wanting more.  All the characteristics are present for this cigar to age well. Unfortunately the price on the Sterling is a bit high for an everyday cigar, but it would be worth buying a few to sit in the humidor for when opening up a special bottle of wine or scotch.

Pairing: The Sterling is the type of cigar that pairs well with a meritage such as the Duckhorn Parradux or Newton Caret Red Label. For scotch drinkers a Macallan 15, Talisker Storm or Ledaig 10 will all pair well with this cigar.

Review by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)