The first cigars from Ferio Tego are set to arrive in stores in October.
Ferio Tego is the new company from Michael Herklots and Brendon Scott, both former employees of the now-shuttered Nat Sherman International. Herklots and Scott bought the rights to the Nat Sherman cigar and pipe brands, though not the rights to use the Nat Sherman name. Since announcing their new company in January, the pair has said the plan was to first launch a new eponymous Ferio Tego brand, before bringing back various old Nat Sherman lines like Timeless and Metropolitan.
There are two different Ferio Tego cigars, both are a 6 x 50 toro and each is priced at $21 per cigar. One is being made in the Dominican Republic, the other in Nicaragua. Both factories produced various brands for Nat Sherman International and will continue to do so for Ferio Tego.
The Ferio Tego Elegancia is being made by Quesada in the Dominican Republic. It uses an Ecuadorian wrapper over a Dominican binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
Plasencia Cigars S.A. is producing the Ferio Tego Generoso, it uses a shade-grown wrapper from Honduras over a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua.
Both cigars are limited, though the company isn’t disclosing exact production. Ferio Tego says that the Ferio Tego 2021 releases will be allocated, though the availability should expand in 2022. The company says that the boxes are made by Cigar Box Factory in Estelí and are designed to function as humidors. They will include a Gelly Humidity Control pack.
“Our 2021 Ferio Tego offerings are quite different from one another in style and pedigree, yet both share a commonality of balance and body,” said Michael Herklots, co-owner of Ferio Tego LLC, in a press release. “A mild cigar need not be thin on the palate nor flavor deficient, and a bolder cigar does not need to be ferocious and aggressive. We worked very hard together with the factories to achieve a full-bodied mouth feel and presence across both blends in order to establish a ‘house style’ so to speak, while still preserving the elegant expression of creamier brighter notes of Elegancia, and the generous presentation of dense savory notes of Generoso. Both blends stand on their own much the way a winery offers a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon together.”
The company hasn’t provided a timeline for when the older Nat Sherman brands will return to shelves, though Scott said that Timeless and Metropolitan will relaunch “in the coming months.”
In recent weeks, Ferio Tego has held private tasting events previewing the older Nat Sherman lines, though now featuring the updated packaging: a Ferio Tego secondary band replaces the Nat Sherman secondary bands.
Ferio Tego is distributed in the U.S. by Davidoff of Geneva USA.