16 August 2016

How to Develop Your Palate

I was recently featured on CigarAficionado.com helping to answer the question, "How do I develop my palate?". The article has some of my favorite tips on how to begin to learn how to truly "taste" cigars, describe cigars, and differentiate one from another.  Below is my full answer to the question, "How do I develop my palate?"

I like to approach palate development for cigars the way we do for wine or beer. The first time one tastes wine, regardless of color, grape terroir or vintage, it tastes like wine. The same goes for beer. As we are exposed to more of each, one can develop a preference for red vs. white or a light beer vs. a dark beer. And further exploration allows consumers to begin to prefer Cabernet Sauvignon over Merlot, or Italy over France.... Or, ale over lager, for example.

The same development occurs for premium cigar enthusiasts. The first few times you taste a cigar, or smell a cigar.... It simply tastes and smells like a cigar, no matter the origin of tobacco or brand. However, the more one pays attention to what they select, the more they're able to "split hairs", and differentiate one cigar from another, preferring Dominican or Nicaraguan made cigars, "dark" wrappers over lighter colored wrappers... fat cigars or thinner cigars. And while of course it's not a perfect science and there are exceptions to every rule, it at least begins to lay a foundation of assumptions that permits the enthusiast to make educated guesses about a cigar prior to trying it.  

Then the real key is to keep track of the ones you like and the ones you don't. And equally important is to record the reasons why you liked one or disliked another, in whatever vocabulary or vernacular you have. You don't need to record "herbaceous finish with a spicy mid palate impact and notes of anise" (though you certainly may... if you're able to detect such complex flavors). But, was it hot or cool? Did it dry your mouth? Did it taste good or bad. And were there any familiar flavors that reminded you of anything you've had before?  "This cigar reminded me of the way my morning coffee tastes."  "The aroma of this cigar smelled like the aroma of a bakery." From there, you're able to begin to draw conclusions by comparing the things you like, with their details and components like the tobaccos used, the country of origin, manufacturer, size etc...

Finally, shop with a retailer that has a great a great staff, a great selection, and a great point of sale system. That way they can not only keep track of what you purchase, but can also make sound recommendations based on your experiences. For you cigars are a hobby. For us, we've made our hobby our profession.  And it's truly our pleasure to help guide you on this journey.

13 May 2016

An evening with the Fuente Family

L to R Liana Fuente, Carlos Fuente, Jr, and Cynthia Fuente

Monday, May 23, 2016
$175 per person (includes $25 donation to the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation)
Each guest will receive three commercially unavailable cigars.
Complimentary tasting of exclusive expressions of Johnnie Walker Whisky
Hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer will also be served.

Join us at the Nat Sherman Townhouse for an incredible evening with the Fuente family celebrating Fuente Cigars.  Carlos Fuente, Jr, his sister Cynthia Fuente and his daughter Liana Fuente will join us for this special night.   We are very proud to offer a full range of Arturo Fuente Cigars, from the classics like the Flor Fina 8-5-8 to the Chateau, and on to the Don Carlos and Fuente Fuente Opus X.  On THIS evening, we will be offering cigars for sale that are NEVER commercially available, as well as some of our own, vintage collection of Fuente Fuente Opus X, Arturo Fuente Anejo, and other incredibly rare Arturo Fuente Cigars.

IN ADDITION - we will be raising money for the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.  We will host a silent and live auction in addition to the $25 from each ticket.  ALL the money raised will go directly to the CFCF.

For more information email Michael Herklots or your Nat Sherman Tobacconist or call (212) 764-5000 and speak to one of our tobacconists.


Here's a look at just SOME of the incredible cigars that will be available for sale!

Arturo Fuente:
Arturo Fuente  Don Carlos Personal  Reserve
Arturo Fuente Eye of the Shark
Angels  Share :
Angels  Share  Fuente Fuente
Angels  Share  Perfection X
Angels Share  Robusto

Opus  X :
Opus X Perfecxion  X
Opus X Fuente  Fuente
Opus X Perfection No. 2
Opus X Reserve  D’ Chateau
Opus X Perfexion A
Opus X  Super Belicoso
Opus X Double  Corona
Opus X Perfexion # 4
Opus X Robusto
Opus X Love  Affair

Destino Al Siglo :
Destino Al Siglo De Passion 
Destino al Siglo  De Amistad 
Destino al Siglo Familias 
Destino al siglo Don Arturo Passion 13  

Opus  X Oro  Oscuro
Opus X OXO Oro Oscuro 

Arturo Funte  Anejos
Arturo Funte  Anejos # 77 shark
Arturo Fuente Anejos #888
Arturo Fuente Anejos #49
Arturo Fuente Between the lines 

04 January 2016

The Nat Sherman Bench Legacy Series, George

Introducing the Nat Sherman Bench Collection Legacy Series "George"

Nat Sherman created his namesake company in New York City in 1930.  For the past 85 years, it has remained owned and operated by the Sherman family.  While the company has certainly grown since 1930, the Shermans are quite proud of the steadfast loyal group of employees who've worked with the family for years and years.  In 2011, Nat Sherman honored their longest serving employee of the Townhouse, Sam Perry by creating a limited edition cigar in his name, the Nat Sherman Bench Collection "Sam".  We're proud to once again honor the career of another long-time Nat Sherman Townhouse employee, George Georgiadis.  George worked for Nat Sherman's retail operations for 19 years... developing an incredibly devoted roster of clients that span the globe, and all of whom would look for George if they needed anything.

The Nat Sherman Bench Collection "George" will be launched at a special gathering of friends, family and customers on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Nat Sherman Townhouse.  The cigars were made in 2014, and have been aged ever since.  They measure 6" x 48, and are an incredible blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers, with a Dominican binder and a gorgeous wrapper from Ecuador.  
For more information, please contact Tina Parrish at 646-442-1850 or email tparrish@natsherman.com

09 December 2015

The Nat Sherman Heritage Humidor

Nat Sherman Heritage Humidor lined in Milk Glass (Macassar)
The Nat Sherman Heritage Humidors are a limited production collection of humidors that embrace some of the most traditional humidor manufacturing styles of the early 20th century, while incorporating a more innovative humidification system in three classic exterior finishes. These gorgeous humidors are hand made in Santa Ana, California under the careful watch of humidor master Daniel Marshall.  Each humidor is lined in milk-glass, a popular humidor lining material from the Prohibition Era.

The Nat Sherman Heritage Humidors offer a non-porous, non-aromatic environment with an impenetrable seal, providing unwavering conditions for your most treasured cigars, while preventing any foreign odors or flavors from being absorbed by the tobacco during the aging process.  Each humidor features two movable dividers, in order to organize your collection.  Humidity is created and maintained using three Boveda-60 gram two-way humidity control packs (included).

Nat Sherman Heritage Humidor in Burl
Boveda’s patented two-way humidity control ensures a stable environment within the humidor by continually adding or removing humidity as conditions require. Simply remove the pouches from their transparent plastic outer wrap, and slide them into the wooden slots affixed to the lid.  Once the Boveda packs become rigid, they need to be replaced (likely every 3-4 months).  These incredible humidors, and their contents, will be sure to last for countless generations.
Nat Sherman Heritage Humidor in Rosewood.
The Nat Sherman Heritage Humidors are made in extremely limited quantities, and hold 125 coronas.   (Dimensions: 14" x 10" x 5.5").  All finishes are matte, with no visible exterior hardware.  
MSRP: $2,300.

For more info visit http://www.natsherman.com

25 November 2015

Rocky Patel at the Nat Sherman Townhouse

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 
at the Nat Sherman Townhouse 12 East 42nd Street in NYC.

Meet Rocky Patel, Nish Patel and famed Cuban cigar Hamlet Paredes
Each Guest will receive:
  • $25.00 Credit for same day in-store purchase
  • 1 x NEW Tabaquero by Hamlet Paredes Cigar
  • 1 x Rocky Patel 20th Anniverary Cigar
  • 1 x Rocky Patel Decade Cameroon Cigar
Light hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served.
PLUS Enjoy a complimentary Scotch tasting by The Macallan.

Promotions, raffles and prizes throughout the night.

Tickets are $75.00 per person and must be purchased in advance.
Call Tina Parrish 646-442-1850 or email tparrish@natsherman.com

20 November 2015


Beginning on Friday, November 27, 2015 and ending NO LATER than Monday, November 30, 2015 (unless supplies run out earlier).  

Step 1.  Visit the Nat Sherman Townhouse
Step 2.  Work with one of our Certified Retail Tobacconists
Step 3. Select great cigars and merchandise for yourself and friends
Step 4. Earn points for every dollar you spend
Step 5. Redeem your points for free gifts.

Dollars Spent
Points Earned

Choice of ONE
  • Single Joel Sherman 75th Celebration Cigar
  •  Firebird Torch Lighter
  •  Polaris Colibri Key Chain
  • 2-oz Tin of Nat Sherman Pipe Tobacco

  • Nat Sherman Timeless Nicaragua Assortment
  •  Colibri Leather 3-Cigar Case
  • Colibri Zephyr Money Clip
  • Jet Line Pipe Lighter
  • $25.00 Nat Sherman Townhouse Gift Card
  • Epoca Cigar Assortment
  • Colibri Stealth 3-Flame Lighter
  • Lotus Table Lighter with Punch Cutter
  • Lorenzetti Pipe
  • Box of 21 Nat Sherman Timeless Collection   749
  • S.T. Dupont Mini Jet Lighter
  • Colibri Orange Monza Watch
  • $75 Nat Sherman Townhouse Gift Card
  • Box of 25 Nat Sherman Sterling Marevas
  • Nat Sherman Limited Edition Xikar Decopauge Cutter
  • M-Clip Money Clip
  • I.M. Corona Pipe Lighter
  • Montecristo Luxury Lighter
  • Lamborghini Humidor
  • Colibri Ascari Watch
  • $150 Nat Sherman Townhouse Gift Card

Examples of Redemtion:
Points can be combined for any gift.  Points earned only in increments above, and will be rounded down to the highest qualifying purchase increment of $50.  Example: A purchase of $75 = 1 point.  A purchase of $100 = 2 points. A purchase of $225 =  4 points.  Choice of prizes is based on availability.  Prizes will run out.  Customers must select only from prizes described above.

A purchase of $500 = 10 points.  Points can be redeemed for 1 x 10 point prize, 2 x 5 point prizes, 3 x 3 point prizes + 1 x 1 point prize, or 10 x 1 point prizes.


28 January 2015



PARIS, FRANCE (January 28, 2015) – Prestigious luxury retailer S.T. Dupont and renowned tobacconist to the world, Nat Sherman, today celebrate decades of history and partnership with the debut of the newest S.T. Dupont Shop-In-Shop, located inside the famed Nat Sherman Townhouse in New York City. Opening in time for the Valentine’s Day retail rush, the Shop-in-Shop offers a wide range of products representing S.T. Dupont's core pillars: The Art of Writing, The Art of Fire, The Art of Traveling and The Art of Seduction.

“Lotus International and S.T. Dupont are honored to have an S.T. Dupont Shop-In-Shop in one of New York City’s iconic stores, Nat Sherman,” said Mike Reynolds, CEO of Lotus International. “The timing of this collaboration coincides with Nat Sherman's renewed focus and energy for their flagship store. The Shop-In-Shop compliments Nat Sherman's atmosphere and reflects S.T. Dupont's essence.”

Each year, the Nat Sherman Townhouse provides thousands of visitors with a uniquely timeless and memorable experience. The addition of the S.T. Dupont Shop-In-Shop serves to enhance and elevate the truly one-of-a-kind retail experience that only Nat Sherman can provide.

Amongst the diverse product offerings, the Shop-In-Shop will feature award winning writing instruments, proprietary leather goods, including belts, along with small and large leather accessories. The Art of Fire pillar will be extensively represented throughout the featured product line, including a selection of lighters and cutters from S.T. Dupont's legendary Défi Extrême, MaxiJet and MiniJet collections.

“S.T. Dupont has long been the leader in luxury smokers’ accessories,” said Michael Herklots, Vice President, Retail and Brand Development at Nat Sherman. “Their lighters, whether a classic Ligne 2 or a sought after limited edition, are a must-have for every cigar enthusiast. This Shop-In-Shop is certainly reflective of our mutual respect, admiration and commitment to excellence in craftsmanship and service.”

For additional information on S.T. Dupont, please visit www.ST-Dupont.com. And for additional information on Nat Sherman, please visit www.NatSherman.com.


About S.T. Dupont
The House of S.T. Dupont opened in France in 1872. The founder of the brand, Simon Tissot-Dupont was born in Savoy in 1847. S.T. Dupont owes its initials to him. Simon founded a carriage company which is destroyed in a fire in 1872. Unabashed, the same year he buys a workshop which makes leather briefcases for diplomats and businessman. In 1884, Simon Tissot-Dupont became the supplier of one of the world’s largest shops – Les Grands Magasins du Louvre – while maintaining his private clientele. Simon Tissot Dupont handed over his company to his sons in 1919, Lucien and Andre, who, trading under the name of Les Fils de S.T. Dupont (the Sons of S.T. Dupont) re launch the company. The company was focused on high quality travel cases and accessories. Highly qualified craftsmen are called upon and patents are taken out to protect industrial secrets. 250 workers and 17 separate trades are involved in the manufacture: goldsmiths, woodworkers, engravers, leather craftsmen, enamel workers, locksmiths, etc. S.T. Dupont transferred its workshop from rue Dieu in Paris back to the family’s hometown of Faverges (French Alps) in Savoy in 1924 where factory is located today. The head office is located in Paris, France. S.T. Dupont continues it passion today by providing the world with Classic    and Haute Collections. S.T. Dupont's artisans are meticulous in each of their trades.  The S.T. Dupont Collections combine the utilization of rare materials, proprietary processes, prestige, styling and unsurpassed reliability. Requiring a tremendous amount of work and skill to create S.T. Dupont pieces are priced accordingly.  Many pieces increase in value and are considered functional art and therefore collected. S.T. Dupont provides Exceptional Products for Exceptional People.

About Nat Sherman
Founded by Nat Sherman in 1930 and family-guided for three generations, Nat Sherman International continues to define the authentic tobacco experience. Through a tradition of innovation and expertly crafted products, Nat Sherman’s timeless appeal, while quintessentially New York is embraced and enjoyed worldwide. Learn more at www.natsherman.com and follow Nat Sherman on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @Nat42nd.

26 January 2015

International Pipe Smoking Day 2015

Click image above for full size. 

Don't miss this annual celebration of the art of pipe smoking.
Join your fellow pipe enthusiasts at the Nat Sherman Townhouse!
Friday, February 20, 2015 10:00am - 7:00pm