Cigar Review: Schrader MMXIII by Nat Sherman

Cigar Review: Schrader MMXIII by Nat Sherman

Nat Sherman International
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Nicaragua, Peru & Dominican Republic
Size: 6” x 60
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $14.00

Overall Rating: 9.3

Nappa winemaker Fred Schrader has partnered with Nat Sherman International to create a second Schrader “Sparky” Cigar. (The original was made by Quesada and was distributed by Tatuaje.) Taking three years to produce the cigar’s shape and blend, the Schrader MMXIII was a collaboration between Fred Schrader and Michael Helklots, and is manufactured at Quesada’s Factory in the Dominican Republic.

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Pre-Light: The Schrader MMXIII from Nat Sherman is a great looking perfecto, in an unusually large, yet appealing size. The light tan Dominican wrapper has mostly average sized veins and not much oil to it. I really like the band of the Schrader, with its almost Welsh appearance and color scheme, while still remaining classy. A secondary silver band lets it be known that this edition of the Schrader is a Nat Sherman release.

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From the wrapper there are very mild aromas of generic wood and natural tobacco. Sweet wood, nuts and treacle scents come from the unit foot of the cigar. An easy cold draw allows through a sweet mix of wood, nuts, treacle and mild hints of dried fruit.

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Burn: The Schrader MMXIII has a very good draw, and allows through a good amount of smoke. The burn on the Schrader MMXIII was fairly even on most of the cigars smoked for this review. Like most well made perfectos, the Schrader holds its ash quite well.

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Flavor: The Schrader MMXIII starts out immediately with some interesting cedar, oak and nut flavors. A barely perceptible herbal spice begins to occur in the background. As the first third of the Schrader MMXIII from Nat Sherman gets going there is a coffee flavor that really comes into play, mingling with existing notes of oak, cedar, leather, cashew and herbal spice. During the transition to the second third of the cigar, the existing flavor become more intense and pronounced. On the retrohale floral cedar, coffee and leather combine nicely with herbal spice. Nearing the final third of the Schrader MMXIII there is a bit of white pepper the creeps into the flavor profile. The strength and body increase significantly during the transition to the final third of the cigar, while the pepper becomes more pronounced on the palate. Cedar, pepper, coffee, leather, hay and spice all increase in intensity during the final third of the Schrader.

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Overall: The Schrader MMXIII is a cigar that many have been looking forward to since the initial press announcement, and I was definitely one of them, as I really like what Nat Sherman has been doing the Michael Herklots era of the company. The cigar’s strength, body and flavor profile all intensify during the course of the cigar. Shrader MMXIII starts off on the milder side of medium with sweeter notes, while the second half of the cigar border on medium-full with more pepper and spice to the flavor profile. There’s something almost Davidoff-like about this cigar that was manufactured at the Quesada’s Dominican factory. I’m a big fan of the flavor profile of the Schrader, and I will definitely be smoking it again. While it may be too full for some novice cigar smokers, those who enjoy medium to medium-full bodied woodsy cigars will find the Schrader MMXIII to be definitely worth picking up a box. While we don’t take purchase price into account in our ratings, it is worth noting that the somewhat expensive $14 price tag is mitigated a bit by the fact that the cigar comes in 6-count boxes.

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Pairing: A good sipping rum such as the Zafra 21 or Ran Zacapa 23 are excellent choices for pairing with the Nat Sherman Schrader MMXIII. Some Speyside or Highland single malts such as the Glenfarclas 12, Dalmore 15, Macallan 18 or Balvenie 15 CaribbeanCask also compliment the Shrader quite nicely. Personally, I enjoy a glass of Lancaster Cabernet or Fess Parker Pinot with the Schrader.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)