Omerta: the mafia’s code of silence prohibiting someone from cooperating with the police even if they are a victim of a crime. While there is not a lot of fancy marketing around the Nat Sherman Omerta or even story behind the naming of the cigar, these elegant box-pressed torpedo shaped cigars sure do look classy. Presented in silver and black boxes of 6, with matching silver and black bands, they would fit well in the hands of a gentleman dressed in a dark suit hanging out in the back booth of a dimly-lit restaurant. Okay, they actually look great anywhere they are because it is hard to beat a box-pressed torpedo.
Available in only one size (6 x 54), the Omerta has a rustic looking maduro wrapper filled with all-Nicaraguan tobaccos. While Nat Sherman is usually known for making milder cigars, this one definitely stands out from the rest. The wrapper has heavy aromas of fig and the foot is reminiscent of chocolate brownies. A cold-puff before lighting provides flavors of scotch and tequila, with a slight burn on the tongue.
Upon lighting, the first flavors are of leather and earth, with no peppery spice. The Omerta has a medium-tight draw and a decent amount of smoke at this point, and flavors of black coffee and fig soon mingle with the leather and earth. It begins light to medium bodied and remains mostly the same through the first-third.
Approaching the second-third, the flavor profile shifts to sweet maduro, more fig and leather, and hints of scotch weave in and out. The body has grown to completely medium and so has the flavor, while the aroma is extremely fragrant and sometimes even harsh. It is surprising that this cigar has such a big aroma and yet the body remains very smooth. The Omerta is packed tightly and needs plenty attention, as the cigar wants to go out often if not puffed on frequently.
As the cigar reaches the end of the second-third and approaches the final section, a peppery spice emerges leaving a mild burn on the back of the throat. The fig has completely faded away and the flavors transition to hints of chocolate with sweet maduro and more leather. Originally this cigar was going to be recommended as a great “stepping-stone” cigar for those looking to try a maduro for the first time, but it is definitely deceiving. The light fig and earth tones in the beginning build up to a spicy leathery ending that is definitely pleasant, but it may catch the novice smoker off-guard.
Considering the Omerta can be found for around $30.00 a box online, they are a great deal and certainly worth it. There is a nice transition from the beginning to end and very enjoyable flavors along the way. As a personal recommendation, give these about 6 months rest in the humidor after first purchasing and they should provide all of the wonderful balanced flavors described in this review.
Be sure to check the local lounges section to find places to enjoy these and others cigars, and to learn more about Nat Sherman and their history visit their website at www.natsherman.com.