Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Timeless 660

Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Timeless 660

Nat Sherman Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6″ x 60 (box-pressed)
Strength: medium bodied
Price: $10.50

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Overall Rating: 9.1

Nat Sherman is one of those brands (along with Davidoff and Dunhill) whose name alone conjures up images of a timeless gentleman. Despite having several off years in the cigar industry the brand has come back stronger than ever, and the Timeless 660 is an exceptionally good smoke. The Nat Sherman Timeless 660 is a box-pressed Nicaraguan Puro which is a different, but no less flavorful, blend than its non box-pressed Dominican sibling which was Cigar Aficionado’s No. 10 Cigar of 2012. Being on the mild side of medium-bodied yet full flavored, the Timeless 660 is one of those cigars that can be enjoyed by almost any cigar smoker. There is an innate gentlemanliness to this cigar that lends itself to being smoked seated on a leather chair in a wood paneled cigar bar while listening to Sinatra.

Pre-Light: The yellow Nat Sherman band really stands out against a dark chocolate colored Nicaraguan wrapper. The clock logo lends the cigar an air of timeless (no pun intended) gentlemanliness that is quite classy. Veiny with noticeable seams, this box pressed cigar has a very appealing look.

A cocoa scent comes from both the wrapper and unlit foot of the Nat Sherman Timeless 660. The cold draw is very easy and allows through a powdered cocoa flavor.

Burn: Upon lighting the Nat Sherman Timeless 660 it burns a bit uneven for the first inch or so, but very quickly corrects itself within the first few minutes of smoking. The draw is excellent from beginning to end. This cigar holds a surprisingly long and beautiful ash. One of the most interesting aspects of this cigar is the delightful floral aroma that even manages to draw comments of approval from those who typically dislike the smell of cigar smoke (especially women). This seems to happen every time I light up a Nicaraguan Puro Timeless.

Flavor: From the start there is a mild woodsiness (oak and cedar) with just the slightest hint of spice. There is a nice sweetness and satisfying creaminess to the Timeless 660’s first third. By the halfway point of the cigar, a subtle lemony citrus note joins the existing cocoa, cedar and mild spice. Entering the final third, the strength picks up to solidly medium bodied. As the cigar continues into its final third, the lemon note becomes a bit more noticeable and mingles nicely with the growing cinnamon and spice flavors. The Nat Sherman Timeless 660 is not an overly complex cigar, but the flavors are so unique that it a very satisfying smoke.

Overall: The Timeless 660 is a classy medium to medium-full bodied cigar. The wood, cocoa, spice, citrus and spice flavors blend together in just the right way. At first the burn can be a bit wibbly wobbly, but that corrects itself by the second third of the cigar. Few cigars have such a pleasing aroma, which makes this a great cigar for those times you’re around non cigar smokers. Personally, I love this cigar and keep a few in the humidor at all times. I’m a big fan of most of what the Nat Sherman brand has done in the past couple years (see my earlier Nat Sherman Sterling review). If you’ve been considering trying a (Michael Herklots era) Nat Sherman for a while the Timeless 660 is the perfect introduction to the brand.

Pairing: Though it pairs well with a good many drink choices, the Nat Sherman Timeless 660 Nicaraguan Puro is a one of those cigars that gets supremely better with proper pairing. Penderyn Welsh Single Malt, Bunnahabhain 18 and Tobermory 15 are among the best single malt choices. Other worthwhile pairings are Glenmorangie 10, Cragganmore 12, Bushmills 10 Irish Single Malt, The Balvenie 17 DoubleWood, Cardu 12 and The Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask. As for cocktails a well made Rusty Nail also seems to be the most complimentary. I’ve also personally found a Diet Coke or a glass of lemonade bring make the slight citrus notes even more enjoyable.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)