For this review I was gifted the Hermoso vitola, and the vitola is really that of a robusto-extra. The cigar measures 5 1/4" with a 54 ring gauge and has a beautiful triple cap. The wrapper is slightly oily and some veins present in the wrapper that has this raisin coloring to it. It is a solid Colorado Maduro in terms of coloring, and it is a Criollo seed wrapper from Honduras. Underneath the wrapper is a Dominican binder, and is composed of filler from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. It is firm in hand, and has lovely aromas of spices, wood and leather, and has this warm comforting aroma to it. It has a solid cold draw, and with the cold draw you can pick up those warming aromas as well.
When I get into the second third of the cigar I am finding the cigar to show a lot of the similarities from the first third, but the flavors have definitely mingled together more so than the previous third. The coffee bean notes are really that of espresso in this third, and it is paired with roasted nuts and warm spices. There is some bits of vanilla present with the oak flavors from the first third, and the finish of leather and cinnamon are really enjoyable. The cigar burned perfectly in this third, and I am still holding on to the ash from the first third. The strength of the cigar is slightly above that medium body from the first third , but it is still below the medium full level. Like the first third, I am really enjoying every aspect of this cigar, and it is the best Nat Sherman I have ever had.
The final third is still very similar to that of the second third, but right now I am not looking for a cigar to dramatically change, just continuously deliver those great flavors. There is that lovely oak and vanilla flavor profile with the cigar, and it has that nice cinnamon and espresso bean flavor profile as well. I am still getting some light pepper notes as well with the cigar, and it has a nutty and leathery finish. The final third produced tons of smokes while burning cool, and it was still producing a solid charcoal colored ash. I still got a perfect burn line in this third, and I have not had to tap the ash at all. The ash did fall towards the beginning of this third, but it was a solid ash throughout. I felt the cigar kept that medium/medium full strength level throughout, and even on the last draw the finish was pleasant and cool.
I really enjoyed this cigar, and this is huge step forward for Nat Sherman Cigars. I think them hiring Michael Herklots was a brilliant move, and the fact of them pairing with the Quesada Family/MATASA Cigars was also a well executed plan. The cigar really had some depth to it, and also possessed a characteristic that offered pronounced flavors while remaining fairly medium in body. I think this cigar will perform wonderfully with age, and I also believe that dry-boxing this cigar will also offer it the opportunity to excel. I am really looking forward to future production by Nat Sherman Cigars, and if they continue down this road they are really going to make a definite presence in the industry. I give this cigar a 92 and I look forward to future smoking experiences.