News: Nicaraguan Nat Sherman Timeless Collection to Debut at IPCPR 2012
In a relatively expected move, Michael Herklots, the executive director for retail and brand development of Nat Sherman, confirmed the Timeless Collection would have three additional sizes at IPCPR 2012, all from Nicaragua. The box-pressed cigars are being made at Plasencia Cigars S.A. and are not only made in Estelí, but also are composed entirely of Nicaraguan tobacco.
The three sizes are:
- Nat Sherman Timeless Collection 452 — 4 x 52
- Nat Sherman Timeless Collection 556 — 5 x 56
- Nat Sherman Timeless Collection 660 — 6 x 60
The band will remain identical to the debut Timeless, but the 21-count boxes will be slightly different. While Herklots described the cigar to halfwheel as “a total departure from the original blend,” he stressed that it is not a new line, rather an extension to the Timeless Collection.
The initial four sizes of Timeless, all made at the Quesada family’s new Dominican factory, were first offered for sale at the Nat Sherman Townhouse in December of 2011 before shipping nationally in January of 2012.
However, the concept and branding for the cigar debuted almost a year ago at IPCPR 2011. While there, Herklots, who had just begun his tenure at Nat Sherman, shared sample blends with attendees, including one from Nicaragua. Those who smoked the cigars were asked to fill out cards and give their thoughts about the cigar. At the time, Herklots acknowledged that there were plans for a Nicaraguan version, although his focus was getting the Dominican version out first.
While the size has never been offered for sale, Nat Sherman technically added a fifth size, the Nat Sherman Timeless Collection No. 16, a Perfecto that was offered for Herklots’ annual birthday fundraiser.