In mid-November, Matthias joined Rob on the Cigar Talk Podcast to talk about Fine Tobacco NYC, how the team has built the cigar community in NYC, and the general history of the organization. They also talked about the trend of micro-batch “meme” cigars, irresponsible cigar marketing, etc.
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Lite up a cigar, pour yourself a drink and sit back and enjoy the fastest growing Cigar show with your hosts Rob Jones & Bryant Falconer. They bring the lounge to you each week, talking cigars, bourbon, scotch, coffee, great interviews, and great giveaways.
(Ramsey, NJ August 25, 2021) Ferio Tego is pleased to announce the official launch of the Ferio Tego brand of premium cigars with a pair of 2021 limited releases. Both blends are offered in a 6” x 50 toro format, packed in custom travel humidors of ten cigars each. The humidors, hand made by Humidif Group’s Cigar Box Factory in Esteli, come preloaded with the company’s Gelly Humidity Control packs to ensure the cigars are properly maintained after they are acquired.
The 2021 Ferio Tego Elegancia is manufactured in Licey, Dominican Republic with the Quesada family. The blend features an Ecuadorian wrapper, over a Dominican binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic.
The 2021 Ferio Tego Generoso is manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua with the Plasencia family. The blend features a Honduran shade-grown wrapper, over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers.
“Our 2021 Ferio Tego offerings are quite different from one another in style and pedigree, yet both share a commonality of balance and body”, shared Michael Herklots, co-owner of Ferio Tego LLC. “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 initial offer for 2021 Ferio Tego is currently being sent to retailers. The cigars are expected to arrive in stores the first week of October. Due to the extremely limited production of the 2021 inaugural release, inventory will be allocated. The 2022 release is in pre-production and will have much greater availability, though still limited in production. Exact quantities will not be announced. Ferio Tego 2021 will be offered at an MSRP of $210 per humidor of ten cigars.
“We have worked very methodically these last several months, carefully considering every decision, ensuring that we are on solid ground before taking another step”, said Brendon Scott, co-owner of Ferio Tego LLC. “We are excited to finally launch Ferio Tego in the U.S. and bring these wonderful new offerings to market. And we are equally excited for the relaunch of Timeless and Metropolitan in the coming months.”
Ferio Tego is distributed exclusively by Davidoff of Geneva USA in the United States and its territories.
About Ferio Tego
Ferio Tego, LLC is a premium cigar and accessories company launched in 2021 by Michael Herklots, former Vice President of Nat Sherman International, LLC and Brendon Scott, former Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nat Sherman, LLC. In addition to their flagship Ferio Tego brand, the company also owns the Metropolitan, Timeless, and Epoca brands of premium cigars as well as the Ancora accessories brand all formerly owned and distributed by Nat Sherman International, LLC.
FERIO TEGO is the Herklots family motto, found on the family’s coat of arms. While there are many interpretations and translations for this phrase, “Ferio Tego” loosely translates to “Strike and Defend.”
Pinellas Park, FL – August, 22, 2022. AVO Cigars, the global premium cigar brand, is proud to announce the newest addition to the Syncro series, AVO Syncro Caribe. Avo Syncro Caribe is the fourth line in the Avo Syncro series and is available in 20-ct boxes of Robusto, Toro and Special Toro vitolas.
“The AVO Syncro series is centered around the concept of tobacco synchronization. This is an incorporation of the diversity, complexity and compatibility of selected tobaccos from varying regions,” states Lana Fraser, Director of Marketing and Retail at Davidoff of Geneva USA. “With the newest addition of the AVO Syncro Caribe, we strive to deliver new frontiers in cigar experiences.”
The AVO Syncro Caribe focuses on the characteristics of the Caribbean. This dynamic cigar was blended to showcase a process we are calling ‘Natural Distribution’ in which the proportions of the tobaccos on any given plant is perfectly matched in the blending process. Specifically, the ratios of tobaccos from each priming are matched in the blend in all vitolas.
The Dominican wrapper and filler tobaccos are paired with a binder from Ecuador. Tobaccos from Nicaragua are also incorporated into the filler. This selection showcases a lively, dynamic and harmonious flavor profile of Caribbean flavors: aromatic spices and complex cocoa ebb and flow through the experience accompanied by a subtle sweetness resembling tropical fruits. The flavors, rhythm, and lifestyle of the tropics are encapsulated in one of three vitolas and presented in wooden boxes matching the vibrance, energy and zest for life we all have come to know and love about the Caribbean.
Wrapper: Dominican Republic Binder: Ecuador Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
On this week’s episode, Kevin Sun joined the guys at The Straight Cut on an educational journey, exploring how different binders contribute to the tasting note in a cigar. Created by Luxury Cigar Club in collaboration with Valacari Cigar Company, this first installation in the Cigar University Series will help cigar smokers understand the (often overlooked) impact of the binder.
In the midst of a global pandemic that has shuttered businesses everywhere and seen the end of NYC cigar industry heavyweights like Nat Sherman, there is a rare piece of good news for NYC cigar smokers. Merchants NY Cigar Bar , which closed in December of 2016, has announced plans to reopen on December 2nd, 2020. The website is back up, complete with a new logo, new design, and much more.
One of the few in NYC to serve cigars, drinks and food in one place, Merchants Cigar Bar will return with an all-new menu of premium cigars, cocktails, and food service. The lounge will have a new look and feel too. When the cigar bar was shuttered in 2016, management redesigned the interior space to a Mad Men-esque mid-century modern vibe and relaunched as Sugar East, a bar where patrons could smoke cigarettes but not cigars. The new Merchants Cigar Bar will keep the same bones, but with updated leather furniture and new visual features.
Fernando Rodriguez, Director of Operations at Merchants Hospitality, describes the new space having a “chill, modern feel” in contrast to the older, more traditional lounge. When asked about how the venue plans to open during COVID, Rodriguez described the rigorous health and safety measures being undertaken. “We have spared no expense creating a venue that New Yorkers can feel safe and comfortable in,” Rodriguez said. “From basics like heightened sanitation and mandatory masks for staff to plexiglass separators for tables and a world class filtration system that kills airborn bacteria and viruses, we are ready to open and welcome patrons in to our new experience.”
To start, the lounge will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 5pm to 10pm. Currently, the lounge has a maximum capacity of 30 people, less than a quarter of its total capacity.
Merchants Cigar Bar is located at 1125 1st Avenue on the southwest corner of 1st ave and 62nd st on the Upper East Side.