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

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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