While cigar tobacco and pipe tobacco are 'similar' - they are also totally different at the same time. I cannot believe how well Rocky Patel was able to nail this difference, yet maintain the flavors of the cigar with in the Nording.
While the name Erik Nording may be very familiar for most, those who are not in the tobacco world ( or the pipe world more specifically ) may not know this extremely talented craftsman name. Being one of the worlds most renowned pipe makers for over 50 years - a small tribute in the form of a cigar goes a long way! These cigars are a combination of rich Nicaraguan, Honduran and Mexican long-fillers to achieve Erik Nordings personal flavor and strength profile. To top this, the Nording by Rocky Patel received a 90 rating from CA quoting "Topped with a tightly-wound pigtail, this dark, oily cigar draws evenly and consistently, bringing steady notes of cedar, coffee and toasty to the palate. A touch of acidity lingers on the finish ". I can't say it any better - onto the review!
When your talking Rocky Patel - construction issues are just not a thing that you even worry about. Add to this fact, the Nording was created as a tribute towards a pipe maker expert in his own time - there is an extra level of quality control that goes into these. Each one I had was a mirror image of the other - well placed cap which clipped easy, evenly packed from head to foot with just the right amount of give and smoke production second to none. Even if I tried to find something negative to say - there is no way I would be able to. That good.
When you try a cigar that has been specially made to fit someones personal flavor profile - you're either going to love it or hate it, simple as that. The crisp yet creamy smoke started off with a highlighted spice on the tip of the tongue while the wood and earthy sensations drive the show. Around the halfway point, this gave way to a more 'pipe tobacco' feel - very aromatic and smooth with a semi-sweet cocoa undertone that seemed to ebb in and out with intensity. The last third produced a flavor combination that reminded me of licorice - almost a 'Christmas type' flavor if you will.
While cigar tobacco and pipe tobacco are 'similar' - they are also totally different at the same time. I cannot believe how well Rocky Patel was able to nail this difference, yet maintain the flavors of the cigar with in the Nording. The flavors were medium to full, while the smooth and sweet characteristics really give a cigar smoker a 'taste' of what pipe tobacco has to offer. When it comes to tribute cigars, especially those made 'for' someones flavor profile - it is either going to be a knock out of the park or a complete and utter failure. Luckily for all of us, the Nording is and has been a huge success and BuyDiscountCigars.com has been able to secure the lowest price available!