Sometimes a classic is just that, a creation that has set a standard, judged over time to be of high quality and outstanding. The Nomad Classic Rambler is truly a classic. Introduced by Fred Rewey of Nomad Cigars, as part of their “Classic” line of cigars in 2012 the inaugural year for Nomad Cigars. Although only 2 years on the market,the Nomad Classic will live on as the standard to be judged for Nomad.
The “Classic” line is available in six vitolas:
- Fugitive II Perfecto (6×51)
- Vagabond Perfecto (4-5/8×54)
- Rambler (5×50)
- Renegade (5-1/4×54)
- Navigator Torpedo (6×52)
- Drifter (6×60).
Today I sampled the 5×50 Rambler. Like all Nomad Classic cigars is constructed of Dominican filler and binder wrapped with slightly oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The wrapper is a slightly bumpy with some noticeable veins. It is rather rustic looking and reminds me of some classic Cuban sticks I have seen in my past. The label is bold red and black emblazoned with the distinctive winged iron cross and compass/gun site of the Nomad logo. Fred Rewey’s Twitter handle @Godfadr, is printed on the back.
The Classic Rambler is nicely capped and offered a scent of hay along the barrel and on the foot. The cold draw was open and included notes of hay and some earth.
After I clipped the cap and torched it up I was greeted with oodles of mouth filling creamy smoke. The draw was perfect as was the burn. It quickly developed a flavor of roasted nuts and a touch of leather. There was no discernible spice or pepper even on the retrohale – at least in the first half. This stogie was a very smooth and delectable smoke so far. As the Rambler got into the 1st inch or so, there was a background of cedar coming through that stayed for a good way through the 1st third. The ash was tight and a medium grey in color that I am sure will blend into the cement floor of the Gar Cave when it falls.