February 1, 2011
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 6 x 48
Wrapper : Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $6.84
Another of New York cigar manufacturer Nat Sherman’s lines is the VIP Selection. This light and creamy blend boasts an attractive Connecticut Shade wrapper and is offered in five sizes ranging from a petit corona to an ample Churchill.
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
Holding this almost translucent tan Connecticut shade wrapped cigar in your hand is like holding a tightly rolled silk handkerchief. The wrapper is velvety smooth with only one small vein that can be felt. Only a faint aroma of tobacco can be sensed at the foot. Every cigar possessing a Connecticut shade wrapper should look this good.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
This cigar is packed very tightly and evenly throughout every inch. Gently running a finger along the wrapper failed to reveal any lumps or pockets in the filler. The generous cap took the worry out of cutting and the lush draw allowed the distinct flavors of the tobacco to come through easily.
Flavor : [rating:3.5/5]
The Carnegie starts off very creamy with a light roasted coffee flavor that shows up after the first few draws. Well balanced secondary notes of nuts and crème brûlée rounded things off. The flavor was very enjoyable; however, a modest deduction was given because of a conspicuous lack of development throughout the cigar.
Value : [rating:4/5]
The Nat Sherman VIP Carnegie represents a good value at $6.84 per cigar. This offering from the VIP line performed favorably when compared to other cigars in its price tier.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
This beautiful light-bodied cigar performs respectably and offers a pleasant set of flavors that beg to be enjoyed with your favorite cup of coffee. Again, I would like to thank Nat Sherman for submitting this cigar for review.
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