17 December 2012

Pre-Castro "Cubans" at Nat Sherman

The Nat Sherman Townhouse presents...Cuervo y Sobrinos Vintage Watches.

 How's this for "timing?" In honor of December 25th take 25% off these beautiful Cuervo y Sobrinos vintage watches this Tuesday only, December 18th. These "legal Cubans" were sold in Havana from the early 1900's to 1961. They have Swiss movements which have been lovingly restored and are fully guaranteed for six months. All feature the word "HABANA" on the dial and caseback. And each is unique, whether it's a solid 18K gold chronograph or simple stainless steel dress watch. With these one day savings, prices begin at under $800.00, the lowest we have ever offered. During this special one day only holiday showing, watch curator Bill McCuddy will be offering pieces from his own C/S collection also at a 25% savings. Trade-ins and appraisals will also be offered. Your personal watch will also be polished while you examine these unique timepieces. And since these vintage timepieces make exceptional gifts, the first person to buy two watches will receive a burlwood Cuervo Sobrinos humidor. This remarkable opportunity is this Tuesday, December 18th from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. And since the most desirable pieces will go early, "time" is of the essence.

The Nat Sherman Townhouse is located at 12 East 42nd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues in Manhattan.

06 December 2012

OrphanAid Africa Pipe Auction

From Dec 10th through Dec 16th OrphanAid Africa is organizing on Ebay a worldwide auction to sell one of the most prestigious smoking pipes . A unique, one-of-a-kind piece created by 16 different top European pipe artisans.

The pipe was created and donated by Al Pascià
http://www.alpascia.com  http://www.alpascialeather.com the historical pipe shop in Milan – Italy.

The Favour: Supporting the auction through making the event known to pipes collectors, pipes lovers, or even to whoever can gift such a type of Pipe as a great gift to a pipe passionate

The Project: For the second time, the first Running Pipe was in 2006, one of the most important smoking Pipe shop in italy, Al Pascià in Milan, is supporting OrphanAid Africa children. Al Pascià owners are the two brothers Cosimo and Leonardo Sportelli

Pipe Production:
- The Brothers have travelled over 6.000 km to have the pipe produced
- 16 Pipe Artisan Maestros have contributed to it, each one creating a part of it or working to a specific part of the creation process
- Artisans living in 3 different Countries involved: Italy, Germany, Denmark
- Pipe Warranty and Certificate is on a slice of Briar Wood and all artisans have personally signed it

Pipe Production time flow:
- March 2nd 2012, Italy : Purchase of Briar Wood piece and shaping at Mimmo Romeo shop with Mimmo Romeo, Kurt Balleby, Eder Mathias
- March 11th , Germany: to Alex Reichert
- March 12th am, Germany: Franck Axmacher Laboratory with Jurgen Moritz
- March 12th pm, Denmark: Kai Nielsen Laboratory with Karsten Tarp and Joao Reis
- March 13th am, Denmark: Johs laboratory
- March 13th pm, Denmark: Kent Rasmussen laboratory
- March 15th, Denmark: artisans Peter Heding and later Lasse Skovgaard
- March 16th , Denmark: Artisan Former and later Tom Eltang
- June 10th, Italy: Roberto Ascorti
- June 28th, Italy: Mimmo Romeo
- October 20th, Italy: back to Roberto Ascorti for pipe final moment, the punching

Pipe Technical details:
Materials: briar wood (seasoned for 5 years) and cumberland stem
Shape: Freehand Blowfish
Cut: straight grain
Color: natural
Filter: without filter
Dimension: Large (lenght mm 172 / bowl height mm 58 / outside diameter mm 50 / chamber diameter mm 21 / chamber depth mm 46 / weight 96,4)
Stampings: Running Pipe 2012
This unique pipe comes with a leather box (Al Pascia'), sock, certificate (made of briar wood).

Pipe Value: Priceless *There is not such a type of pipe in the market as never ever such a great number of top artisans cooperate for the production of a pipe*

Artisans involved: Mimmo Romeo, Kurt Balleby, Eder Mathias, Axel Reichert, Frank Axmacher, Jurgen Moritz, Kai Nielsen, Karsten Tarp, Joao Reis, Johs, Kent Rasmussen, Peter Heding, Lasse Skovgaard, Former, Tom Eltang, Roberto Ascorti.


04 December 2012

Nestor Miranda at the Nat Sherman Townhouse


Nestor Miranda at the Nat Sherman Townhouse!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Buy any three cigars from Miami Cigars , receive 1 Nestor Miranda Cigar FREE!
  • Buy any box of cigars (20 or more cigars) from Miami Cigars, receive 5 Nestor Miranda Cigars PLUS a travel humidor FREE!!!


Spend an evening with Nestor Miranda in The Johnson Club Room
$45 per person
Come meet Nestor Miranda and enjoy:
  • 1 Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012 (6" x 52) Limited Edition
    • Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler
  • 1 Nestor Miranda Danno 2012 (7" x 56) Limited Edition
    • San Andreas wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler
  • Cuban Appetizers
PLUS - Complimentary tastings sponsored by Zafra Rum and Presidente Beer

Tickets are non-refundable and MUST be purchased in advance. 
Call Tina Parrish at 646-442-1850


Nat Sherman and Drew Estate partner for Food Drive

Drew Estate and Subculture Studios along with the Nat Sherman Townhouse have teamed up to benefit Food Bank NYC. (www.foodbanknyc.org)  All donations benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy as well as FoodBankNYC's efforts to eliminate food poverty throughout New York City's Five Boroughs.  
Bring in any 3 non-perishable food items and get a FREE My Uzi Weighs A Ton Robusto!
December 4 - December 31.

The Nat Sherman Townhouse is located at 12 East 42nd Street (between Madison Ave and Fifth Ave) in Manhattan. (Monday - Saturday 10:00am-7:00pm. Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm)

Most needed items are:
  • Canned Soup
  • Tuna
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nuts
  • Canned & Dried Beans
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Pasta
  • Brown Rice
  • Canned Stews & Chili
  • Olive Oil
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables
  • Juices
  • Tomato Sauce

Food Bank for New York City

17 October 2012

Daniel Marshall Custom Humidors for Nat Sherman

In partnership with Daniel Marshall, we are proud to offer these beautiful custom humidors featuring Vintage New York License Plates.  The humidors are each one of a kind, with a hand carved design, Spanish Cedar lining, and come equipped with Humidification and a Hygrometer.  The humidors hold 125 Cigars, and are available exclusively at the Nat Sherman Townhouse, 12 East 42nd Street, in New York City.  Call 646-442-1850 for more information. ($1,595)


08 October 2012

10th Annual Emeril Lagasse Golf Classic

Nat Sherman was proud to support the 10th Annual Emeril Lagasse Golf Classic in Newport, Rhode Island on September 23-25, 2012.  We proudly supported the 2009 event, helping to raise $468,000 for the Emeril Lagasse Endowed Scholarship Fund at Johnson & Wales University.

03 October 2012

Tasting: La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva

Please join us for a great evening of tasting featuring the NEW La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Nat Sherman Townhouse
12 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

Each guest will enjoy:
1 La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva
1 La Aroma de Cuba "El Jefe"

$45+ tax per person
Please call 646-442-1850 to purchase your ticket.

Attendance is limited.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable.

Guests will also enjoy a whiskey tasting sponsored by Balvenie.

Complimentary beer, wine and appetizers will also be available.

07 September 2012

Smoke... with Chef Geoffrey Zakarian & Nat Sherman

On September 19, 2012 Nat Sherman co-hosted an incredible "tasting menu" with Iron Chef Zakarian at the Lamb's Club. The pairings were amazingly orchestrated, taking into account not just flavors, but time and temperature.  Cigars were incorporated into three of the five courses.  Below is a quick look at the featured menu as well as some great pictures from the evening.

04 September 2012

Meet the Makers

Meet the Makers... of the Nat Sherman Timeless Collection

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Nat Sherman Townhouse
12 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

Please join us for a special "Meet and Greet" with two incredible cigar manufacturers.  Manuel Quesada, patriarch of the Quesada family and the MATASA factory located in Santiago, Dominican Republic- maker of our Dominican-made Timeless Collection as well as our Metropolitan Collection. 

In addition, Nestor Plasencia will join us at The Townhouse.  Mr. Plasencia is a crucial part of the Nat Sherman production, as he not only manufacturers our Nicaraguan-made Timeless Collection, but he also supplies some of the critical tobaccos for the Dominican-made blend to MATASA.

Last but not least, we'll have members of the Sherman family on hand as well to celebrate this great collaboration and partnership.

Please stop by the townhouse for an opportunity to enjoy a Nat Sherman Cigar with these incredible folks.

Manuel Quesada

Nestor Plasencia, Jr (L) and Nestor Plasencia, Sr (R)

(L-R) Larry Sherman, Bill Sherman, Joel Sherman, Michele Sherman

Nat Sherman Timeless Collection SCORES!

The Nat Sherman Timeless Collection continues to earn high marks and praise from consumers and media alike!

For the FULL Cigar Insider Vertical Tasting Click Here.

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23 July 2012

FAQ: How much flavor comes from the wrapper?

FAQ: How much flavor comes from the wrapper?


A: Well, unfortunately that's a tough one to answer. The correct answer is "it depends". What is NOT a correct answer is an exact one. Why? Because it simply can't be. A premium cigar has three "parts": The wrapper, binder and filler. The wrapper is one leaf, which means it's one seed variety from a specific region. The binder is also one unique leaf. The filler tobaccos, are usually a blend of different types of tobaccos often from different regions and different positions on the plant (called primings). The filler tobaccos are positioned in the hand with the strongest tobaccos in the center, surrounded by milder tobaccos to ensure even combustion. The binder is applied to hold the fillers together, and after being pressed in a mold, the wrapper is applied over the bunch.

In the picture above, there are four cigars. The two cigars on the far left are the Metropolitan Banker Maduro and Natural, and on the right the Angler Maduro and Natural. The two darker cigars use a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, and the two lighter a Connecticut Shade wrapper. The two Bankers (5" x 70) use an identical blend of filler and binder tobaccos in the same proportions to accommodate the incredibly large ring gauge. The two Anglers (5.5" x 43) also share the same filler and binder relationship between the two of them.

Smoking the Maduro against the Natural version in the two examples, it is quite easy to detect the rich, bittersweet characteristic of the Broadleaf wrapper, compared to the significantly lighter, brighter notes of the Connecticut shade, but equally interesting is to compare the twoMaduros side by side and the two Naturals. The Angler Maduro is the richest of the four, since the influence of the rich Maduro wrapper can take center stage with the smaller ring gauge. The Banker Maduro has similar character, but smokes rounder and creamier- as more air combines with the smoke, and there is physically much more filler tobacco burning to counter and balance the wrapper's dominance.

20 July 2012



July 13, 2012 (New York, NY) – Nat Sherman, offering an iconic collection of premium tobacco products and upholding a service-centric approach to business, announces the appointment of Ike Karipides as Director of Premium Cigar Sales. Karipides’ appointment is effective immediately and he will be reporting directly to Michael Herklots, Executive Director of Retail and Brand Development. The announcement was made by Joel Sherman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nat Sherman.

“We are thrilled to have Ike join the family. He has a profound passion for service that complements our multi-generational commitment to excellence,” says Joel Sherman. “Ike’s appointment underlines our dedication to our customers and the cigar industry.”

In the newly created role, Karipides is responsible for managing the sales efforts for the family-owned tobacconist’s premium cigars to partner retailers throughout the United States. Karipides brings experience and expertise in sales and marketing, promotions, special events and new brand development with him to Nat Sherman.

"I've always been drawn to family owned businesses,” says Ike Karipides. “I am excited to join the Sherman family, playing an active role in building upon Nat Sherman’s storied legacy.”

With over 15 years of experience in the cigar industry, Karipides most recently served as Regional Sales Manager for Miami Cigar & Company. Karipides’ previous experience also includes serving as a Brand Developer for the House of Oxford and General Manager for Barclay Rex Cigar and Tobacco. He has nearly grown up in the cigar business and entered into the field as a retail cigar sales associate while attending college.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Ike in many capacities over the years and during this time I’ve witnessed the profound passion and tremendous respect that he has for the cigar industry. I am excited to have Ike on board to spearhead our premium cigar sales efforts,” says Michael Herklots. “Ike’s addition to the team as Director of Premium Cigar Sales supports Nat Sherman’s commitment to working closely with our partner retailers and building those relationships for the long term.”

Beyond the cigar industry, Ike gained valuable leadership skills and international experience with IC International as Vice President of International Sales and Marketing. Karipides grew up in Cleveland, Ohio but has made New York his home since attending and graduating from Fordham University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

About Nat Sherman:
Tobacconist to the World since 1930, Nat Sherman offers an iconic collection of premium tobacco products, from flavorful hand-rolled cigars to all natural tobacco cigarettes. Nat Sherman maintains a tradition of passion and creativity by offering unique blends of the world’s finest tobaccos. Owned and operated by the third generation of the Sherman family, Nat Sherman is committed to authenticity, quality and customer service. The universe of Nat Sherman comes to life in the company’s Flagship Townhouse store on 42nd Street just off 5th Avenue in Manhattan. www.NatSherman.com

For Media Inquiries Please Contact:
Suzanne DeFosset, Account Executive
EVINS, Ltd. (on behalf of Nat Sherman)
Direct: (212) 377-3592

NEW Nat Sherman Bench Collection NOW AVAILABLE

Nat Sherman Bench Collection 2012
by La Aurora

La Aurora, the Dominican Republic's oldest cigar factory, has teamed up with Nat Sherman to offer two very special cigars to the Tobacconist's loyal customers at their Flagship Townhouse Store.

These cigars were manufactured in 2007 in their Dominican factory.  The blends were part of the development of the La Aurora Excepcionales, a cigar made exclusively available to a small group of New York City retailers.

"We had three blends we really liked", said Michael Herklots, who worked closely with La Aurora's Manuel Inoa on the project.  "Ultimately we chose a blend for the Excepcionales, but there were two other blends that we really liked and decided to make a very small production of them to use sometime in the future." On a recent visit to La Aurora, Herklots inquired about the small production of the other two blends.  And, fortunately for Nat Sherman, they were resting in the company's vast aging room. 

La Aurora agreed to make the small amount of cigars avialable for Nat Sherman's exclusive Bench Collection- a series of small production cigars that use harder-to-get tobaccos in more artisenal style blends.

Both cigars are available in limited quantities boxes of 20 cigars

Format: Lancero
Size: 6.5" x 40
Wrapper:  Indonesia
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
$140 + Applicable Taxes

Format: Belicoso
6" x 52
Wrapper: Dominican
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
$160 + Applicable Taxes

17 July 2012

Nat Sherman Timeless Collection... Expanded

NEW Nat Sherman Cigars are coming...

After the incredibly successful launch of the Nat Sherman Timeless Collection, in February of 2012, the line is expanding.  The first Timeless Collection cigars were manufactured in the Dominican Republic by MATASA.  Now, a new blend will join the ranks of the Nat Sherman Timeless Collection made in Nicaragua by Plasencia Cigars S.A..  These Nicaraguan puros will be available in three box-pressed formats, 4" x 52, 5" x 56 and 6" x 60.  The cigars will be packed in black boxes of 21 cigars adorned with Nat Sherman's signature in Gold.  The new additions will be featured at the 2012 IPCPR convention in Orlando, FL and are scheduled to ship to retailers by September.

Nat Sherman Timeless 452   $140/box of 21 cigars MSRP
Nat Sherman Timeless 556   $160/box of 21 cigars MSRP
Nat Sherman Timeless 660   $180/box of 21 cigars MSRP

In Addition...
We've also added two new sizes to the Dominican-made Timeless Collection. These new formats will be offered in the same slide-top 20 count boxes as the rest of the Dominican-made Timeless Collection.  The Especiales will be a traditional lancero format at 6" x 38 with a pigtail cap.  The Divinos is a small perfecto measuring 5" x 32/50/36.

Nat Sherman Timeless Especiales $124/box of 20 cigars MSRP
Nat Sherman Timeless Divinos $160/box of 20 cigars MSRP

04 June 2012

Annual Birthday Fundraiser brings $75,000 for KHS Learning for Life

Birthday Fundraiser for Killingly High School Programs Raises $75,000
 A Two-Night Affair Supported by the Cigar Industry

New York, NY (May 30, 2012) – Held in New York City on May 7 and May 8, 2012, the Eighth Annual Michael Herklots Birthday Fundraiser for Killingly High School’s Learning for Life Fund raised $75,000. The two-night affair took place at The Carnegie Club and The Grand Havana Room and was supported by the leading manufacturers of premium cigars and accessories. Killingly High School Class of 1998 Alumnus and Nat Sherman Executive Director of Retail and Brand Development, Herklots raised more than a quarter million dollars for the fund over the course of eight years.

The annual events, which include live and silent auctions, raffles, a dinner and premium cigars, have not only welcomed tastemakers the likes of Chefs Emeril Lagasse and Wayne Nish, Actors Tony Darrow, Arthur Nascarella and Frank Vincent, but also drawn overwhelming support from the cigar industry. This year’s 200 guests included Ariel Ditkowich of La Sirena Cigars, Bill Paley of La Palina, Guillermo Leon of La Aurora, Gustavo Plasencia of Plasencia Cigars, Litto Gomez of La Flor Dominicana, Luis Falto of La Garita Cigar Company, Mike Bellody of El Tiante Cigar Group, Nestor Miranda of Miami Cigar, Raquel, Patricia and Hostos Quesada of MATASA, Phillip Wynn of Felipe Gregorio, and many more.

“It’s impossible to truly express my gratitude to the numerous individuals who have invested in the successful futures of Killingly’s youth over the years”, said Herklots. “In a time during which every family in the country has been affected by economic distress, people still recognize the importance of a high quality high school education. It is our responsibility to provide today’s youth with the tools that will make them tomorrow’s leaders. ”

Donors to the Learning for Life Fund receive regular newsletters providing updates on the fantastic achievements of the School-to-Career program, as well as a financial breakdown on how money is being used.

School-to-Career Coordinator at Killingly High School Robert Brennan, said, “We are truly grateful for Michael Herklots and his constituents’ benevolence to the School-to-Career Program over the past five years. It has, without a doubt, sustained our exemplary career pathways.”

Special thanks to the following companies for donating product to support the incredibly successful raffle and auction efforts: 7-20-4 Cigars, Alec Bradley, Altadis USA, American Sommelier Association, Armand Ventura, Arturo Fuente, Ashton Cigars, Barry Entner, Carnegie Club, Casa Fernandez, Charitybuzz.com, Cigar Aficionado, CigarEvents.com, Colibri, Crowned Heads, Daniel Marshall, Davidoff Distribution Group, Davidoff of Geneva, NY, De La Concha, Drew Estate, El Tiante Cigar Group, Emeril’s New Orleans, Escada, Felipe Gregorio, Grand Havana Room, Graycliff Cigars, Greg Norman, Groupe SEB, Gurkha, Havana Cellars, Illusione, J.C. Newman, Jesus Fuego, Johnson & Wales University, La Aurora, La Garita, Lester Friedman, Lotus, Manny Bello, MATASA, Miami Cigar, My Father Cigars, Nat Sherman, Nestor Miranda, Padron Cigars, Pilot Pen, Regius Cigars, Rob Singer, Rothmann’s, S.T. Dupont, Sartoria Ambrosiana, Schrader Cellars, SENSAI by Kanebo International, Spiff NYC, The Sands, Bethlehem, PA, Tobacco Plaza, Turnberry Isle, Miami and more…