Cigar review of Nat Sherman, Nat Sherman store, Westside 711 Gotham, VIP Carnegie, M-56 Lot B/1996

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Cigars and the smoking of them are still alive in Gotham City!

Nat ShermanIf you are a cigar smoker and going to the Big Apple, there a number of options for a fine smoke. However, if you want to also experience a piece of NYC cigar history, look for the Nat Sherman sidewalk clock at Fifth Ave and 42nd Street. This tobacco retail establishment is a destination location for world travelers, both smoker and non-smoker alike. The "store" and its conference room are also a meeting place for the world's tobacco industry.

Today, Nat Sherman's brand has grown from its humble beginnings in the 1930s into one of the most recognized and respected names in the worldwide tobacco industry. Nat Sherman premium cigars are considered by many to be some of the finest in the world.

Decades ago, Nat Sherman became a high-profile hangout for the three primary consumers of premium cigars: fashion executives, show business types and gangsters. According to legend, for this last class of customer, the store was neutral territory where competing factions were actually friendly, using the cigar as a sort of social lubricant. Today, the store continues to draw a diverse group of cigar smokers. Its storied history also includes the fact that it was one of only three authorized distributors of Cuban cigars east of the Mississippi and the exclusive distributor of the Bolivar brand in the entire country. Customers were guaranteed to find a cigar they liked. In fact, Nat Sherman's humidors still hold hundreds of Cuban cigars rolled during this decade, representing one of the largest caches of these exquisite specimens in the world!

So, if you find yourself in the Big Apple, especially around Time Square, do yourself a favor and pay a visit to an establishment that is as New York as it gets. And, don't stop there; hit some of the other great cigar dens of New York as well.

So, let's get smoking!

Three worth considering

You will find a number of blends at Nat Sherman's, but I limited myself to three of them. I thought the descriptions that were provided were darn close, so my descriptions do not vary much.

The Nat Sherman Westside 711 Gotham is dark and mellow in look and taste, with a sweetness driven by the Brazilian wrapper used in the construction process. The fillers are a blend of Dominican Corojo, Piloto and Peruvian. The cigar is medium in strength, but smooth and balanced. A nice cigar!

The Nat Sherman VIP Carnegie, with a distinctively NYC name, has a creamy, but still crisp flavor. The light Connecticut shade wrapper holds a blend of South American and Dominican fillers to create a truly rich smoke and a notably smooth finish. This was probably my favorite of the three.

The Nat Sherman M-56 Lot B/1996 Crop is a straight forward classic cigar with a Connecticut shade wrapper and Dominican fillers. It is mild in taste and strength. I would recommend it to the more occasional cigar smoker.

The bottom line: You will not go wrong with any of the above.

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Cigar Quote

"A man's shoes will tell you if he has money. His clothes, if he has style. But if you want to know if he's a sport, see if he is wearing a good cigar." – Nat Sherman