The Nat Sherman 85th Anniversary cigar celebrates the 85 years that the Sherman family has been committed to providing timeless excellence, quality and service.
The Nat Sherman company started in 1930 with a tobacco store in the garment district of Manhattan, at the height of the Great Depression. Over time, the Nat Sherman store became a destination for tobacco lovers, hosting celebrity clientele such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and John F. Kennedy Jr., as well as being considered “neutral ground” by members of organized crime families.
Soon after opening the store, Nat launched a line of cigars and luxury cigarettes bearing his name. You might have seen the brightly colored Fantasia cigarettes, and many premium cigar lines such as Epocha and Timeless.
To this day the company remains family owned with the third generation of Shermans running the business, along with Michael Herklots, VP of retail and brand development. Nat Sherman is an iconic brand, and their flagship store is a townhouse on 42nd Street which is a must visit if you find yourself in New York City.
Last year the family-owned company celebrated its 85th anniversary, and created the aptly named Nat Sherman 85th Anniversary, which is only available in a toro size, and only 2,500 10-count boxes were produced.
The cigar is made at the Quesada factory in the Dominican Republic, with a Dominican wrapper, which is a bit of a rarity, and Nicaraguan binder and filler. The flavors in this cigar can best be described as earthy, with some subtle spice, hints of citrus and the occasional cocoa sensation. It’s not a particularly sweet cigar, but there’s a sophistication in the smoke brought by well-aged and high-quality tobaccos.
It had the perfect burn and draw one would expect from a cigar in this price category. I chose a special occasion to smoke this cigar—this isn’t an everyday, mowing-the-lawn kind of cigar. It’s a great choice for marking a milestone, and certainly makes a special gift.
Nat Sherman 85th Anniversary
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (Quesada Cigars SA)
Size: 6 1/2 x 54 Toro