Michael Herklots and Brendon Scott, formerly executives of Nat Sherman International, have acquired the brands of Nat Sherman and formed Ferio Tego, a premium cigar and accessories distribution company that will begin releasing cigars in the spring.
Nat Sherman was closed in September by cigarette giant Altria Group Inc., which had owned it since 2017 and had eschewed the premium cigar market.
Herklots, who was vice president of Nat Sherman, and Scott, who was its CFO, worked with Altria to secure the assets of Nat Sherman as they formed Ferio Tego. Included in the brands they acquired are Timeless, Metropolitan, Epoca and Ancora. Those brands will return to market by the summer. The manufacturers of the acquired brands — the Plasencia and Quesada families — will remain the same, and the blends will be unchanged.
The Timeless cigar scored a 92 rating in Cigar Snob’s Top 25 of 2015 and all the brands have consistently scored 90 points or higher over the last several years. Cigar Snob also profiled Herklots in 2019.
“Having spent the last nine years developing and building these iconic brands, I am excited to be able to continue that work with Brendon.” Herklots said in a press release. “I’m proud of the way we were able to balance the need to maintain consistency with core products, while continuing to innovate with new offerings.”
“Ferio Tego” is the Herklots family motto, which sits just below the shield on the Herklots Family coat of arms and dates to 1641. The coat of arms features an image of Hercules striking a Hydra within the crest’s shield, which will serve as the company logo.
The company has already begun its online presence at: