In 2019, Nat Sherman International would bring three limited edition cigars to market. One cigar was an offering made available to the Tobacconist Association of America (TAA) under the Timeless brand. There also were two other limited edition cigars that were introduced to the national market – one under the Epoca brand and the other would be a second cigar under Timeless brand. It was a significant set of releases for Nat Sherman as these were the first new blends introduced since the brand was acquired by Altria in 2017. This hasn’t been a negative because, over the past decade, Nat Sherman has been a brand focused on maintaining the consistency of its core lines. Nonetheless, for many cigar enthusiasts, it was still exciting to see Nat Sherman bring these three limited editions to market. Today we take look at one of the nationally released limited editions, the Timeless 2019 Limited Edition.
One year earlier, Nat Sherman introduced a major overhaul of its portfolio. This included many packaging changes, but more importantly, it took the offerings in the Nat Sherman portfolio and put them under three core brands: Epoca, Metropolitan, and Timeless. The Timeless 2019 Limited Edition and Timeless TAA 2019 Limited Edition cigars, these allowed Nat Sherman to showcase blends that hadn’t been seen in the portfolio below.
Without further ado, let’s break down the Timeless 2019 Limited Edition and see what this cigar brings to the table.
Blend and Origin
The blend of the Timeless 2019 Limited Edition cigar is a Dominican forward blend with tobaccos from the Dominican Republic used in the wrapper, binder, and filler. The fillers also incorporate Nicaraguan tobaccos. Production for the cigar is handled by Nat Sherman’s long-time manufacturing partner, Quesada Cigars in Licey, Dominican Republic.
Wrapper: Dominican Shade Grown Colorado Oscuro
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Quesada Cigars S.A.
The Timeless 2019 Limited Edition was produced in one size -a. 6 x 50 Toro. The cigars were presented in five-count boxes. Production was limited to 5,000 boxes.
The look of the Dominican Shade Grown Colorado Oscuro wrapper of the Timeless 2019 Limited Edition is as advertised. The wrapper had a roasted coffee bean look that was dark with a touch of Colorado red in it. There was some subtle mottling on the surface of the wrapper. This was a wrapper that had more of a silky than an oily look to it. There were also some visible seams and some visible veins on the surface.
There are three bands on the Timeless Limited Edition 2019. The primary band has a blue and gold color scheme. The upper portion of the band is blue with gold font. On the center of the band is the Timeless logo that was introduced in 2018 surrounded by gold adornments. The lower portion of the band is gold with the text “LIMITED EDITION” in blue font.
The secondary band also has a blue background. The center of the band has the text “LIMITED” in gold font. Below it is the text “2019” in blue font on a small rectangular gold background. The tertiary band is gold with the text “EXCLUSIVELY FOR Nat Sherman Intl” surrounded by black trim.
A straight cut was used to remove the cap of the Timeless Limited Edition 2019. Once the cap was removed it was on to the pre-light draw. The dry draw delivered a mix of chocolate, earth, and a slight white pepper note. Overall I found this to be an excellent pre-light draw experience. At this point, it was time to light up the Timeless Limited Edition 2019 and move on to the smoking phase.
The Timeless 2019 Limited Edition started out with a potpourri of flavors including chocolate, natural tobacco, cedar, citrus, and white pepper. There wasn’t a dominant note early on, but by the midway point of the first third, the chocolate and natural tobacco notes surfaced as the primary notes. The secondary notes were the cedar, citrus, and white pepper. Before the end of the first third, the chocolate notes receded into the background.
The second third saw the cedar notes join the natural tobacco in the forefront. The earth notes began to increase in intensity while the natural tobacco notes started to diminish. By the 3/5 point, the earth notes displaced the natural tobacco notes in the forefront. The cedar notes remained grounded in the forefront. Meanwhile the citrus and white pepper notes remained in the background with the chocolate notes more distant.
The final third saw the natural tobacco and cedar notes remain in the forefront. There was an increase in the white pepper notes. There were still notes of citrus and chocolate present. This is the way the Timeless 2019 Limited Edition came to a close. The resulting nub was cool in temperature and slightly soft to the touch.
Some touch-ups were needed on the Timeless 2019 Limited Edition to keep the burn on the straight path and burn line relatively straight. These touch-ups were frequent, but not excessive in terms of the amount needed. The resulting ash was relatively firm. This was an ash that had a mostly darker gray color to it. The burn rate and burn temperature were both ideal.
The draw to the Timeless 2019 Limited Edition had a touch of resistance to it. Those who follow my assessments know a little resistance is what I prefer on a cigar. At the same time, this was still a low maintenance cigar to derive flavor from.
Strength and Body
The Timeless 2019 Limited Edition started out with medium strength and medium body. There was a gradual build-up in the intensity levels along the way and just past the midway point, both attributes progressed to the medium to full range of the spectrum. The increase in intensity leveled off in the second half and the Timeless 2019 Limited Edition stayed in medium to full territory.
In terms of strength versus body, both attributes balanced each other nicely with neither attribute overshadowing the other.
There are going to be obvious comparisons with the Timeless 2019 Limited Edition and its TAA counterpart, the Timeless TAA Limited Edition. Both are very good cigars, but the TAA cigar seemed to do better in terms of better flavors and better balance. It’s not a knock, but in compression cases one cigar is going to score better than the other. This is not an assessment in terms of that comparison, but rather one on the merits of the Timeless 2019 Limited Edition itself. While price doesn’t play into the score, at $17.00 SRP, it isn’t going to be an inexpensive cigar. While it’s still one I would smoke again, with the higher price point I’d advise one to try a sample first and see if its a fit.
Key Flavors: Chocolate, Natural Tobacco, Cedar, Citrus, White Pepper
Burn: Very Good
Complexity: Medium Plus
Strength: Medium (1st Half), Medium to Full (2nd Half)
Body: Medium (1st Half), Medium to Full (2nd Half)
Finish: Very Good
Value: Try a Sample
News: Nat Sherman Timeless 2019 Limited Edition to Debut at IPCPR
Brand Reference: Nat Sherman
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop