Wrapper: Ecuador Summatra
Binder: Costa Rican
Filler: Costa Rican/Nicaraguan
I spent a lot of time smoking unbanned cigars, honing in on understanding flavor without knowing where the tobacco was from who made it or how much it costs. There were times that the name of the cigar didn’t matter for better or for worse. Every so often I was given a prototype to smoke for something that wouldn’t hit the market till much later. The Panamericana was love at first smoke. A cigar so good that it made me drool. I couldn’t believe how good it was and even thought it was a fluke. I only understood how good it was after the second time I smoked it and of course drooled. I could not believe it. It was supposed to be a limited edition for a one time release.
I believe the consensus of everyone who smoked it was that this needed to be part of the core production. Thank goodness for a communal opinion. This became my all-time favorite Nat Sherman Cigar and I would smoke this on every vacation I went on since its release.
Sumatra tobacco originated in Indonesia and has a natural sweetness that is unmatched in any wrapper in the world. This seed varietal grows very well in Ecuador and has become a successful substitute. Oily and a great start to a blend. Costa Rican tobacco tends to be expensive and usually only used for a component or two in a cigar. Costa Rican tobacco has a sweet and salty flavor profile during combustion and it plays really well with Summatra.
The Epicure size is a tall robusto that burns so evenly that the ash sticks even through the half way mark.
In this episode we talk about the Nat Sherman Panamericana, salivary affects, prototypes becoming an on the market cigar, creating a blend, time playing a role in a cigar, choosing a blend, bleeding a your lighter, Pre-Embargo Cigars, inexpensive good cigars, aromatics in a cigar, putting down a cigar, putting out a cigar and combustion.
If there are words or terms that you’re unfamiliar within this episode, we highly recommend you check out the Sunday Cigar Glossary.