After the closing of Nat Sherman, Michael Herklots announced in 2021 that he and his business partner Brendon Scott would be bringing back the brands cigar lines under a new company, Ferio Tego. Along with this announcement, came the news that there would be cigars that were totally new under the new brand. Those turned out to be Ferio Tego Elegancia and Ferio Tego Generoso. We reviewed the Generoso last year and it made #9 on our Top 25 Cigars of the Year. Now we are taking a look at it’s lighter sibling Ferio Tego Elegancia.
This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
Ferio Tego Generoso is rolled by the Plasencia Family and the Ferio Tego Elegancia by the Quesadas. Both were long time partners of Nat Sherman, and continue to be under the Ferio Tego brand. Both are limited edition cigars that come in just one size, a 6 x 50 toro. They also come in boxes of 10 that double as a travel humidor with a spot for humidification.
Production is limited for 2021 but exact numbers were not released. The cigars will be limited for 2022 also, but produced in much greater quantities. The blend for Ferio Tego Elegancia uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Dominican binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic. Both cigars retails for $210 for the box or $21 a stick. Ferio Tego is distributed exclusively by Davidoff of Geneva USA in the United States and its territories.
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Blender: Manuel Quesada, Michael Herklots
Number of reviewers: 4 – Isaac M. (The Nothing) Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi) Jason H. (Jokey Smurf) Kevin J. (maninblack77)
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: October 2021
Contributed by: Blind Man’s Puff
Initial Impressions – Ferio Tego Elegancia
“A silky smooth, caramel color wrapper covers this cigar. Rolled tightly with visible seams. There is one predominant vein in the center of the body. It is finished with a nicely applied triple cap.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“The aroma on this sample is light and sweet…emphasis on sweet! There is a light vanilla note spreading on the wrapper more than the foot but it’s present throughout.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“This cigar started off with flavors of sweet grass, lemon, and corn flakes. Once through that initial welcome, things changed up dramatically. Letting the cigar rest too long really killed the flavors, leaving the cigar with a faint taste of wood and little else. Puffing much more regularly gave flavors of charcoal, charred oak, and white pepper.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
“The cigar opens with a combination of cedarwood and sweet honey. After a few minutes, these two flavor notes pull back leaving a floral note that carries me to the end of the third. When I retrohale some smoke I get a cinnamon graham cracker. The smoke is velvety on the tongue while the finish is medium in length.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“Into the second portion the black pepper has taken a step back and now is firmly in the finishing role as opposed to the beginning when it was fully in charge. Now, the smoke is primarily smooth oily walnut with a bit of caramel sweetness and a light pepper finish. Honestly, it’s wonderful, and the subtlety is drawing me in. Through the nose, the smoke is tender on my sinus and allows me to retro every puff. This is really nice.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“The third opens with nuttiness joining the cinnamon. It has me thinking about cinnamon roasted almonds. In the retrohale there is a note of anise that is building. This makes the body of the cigar become deeper and the finish longer. The smoke is still cool and smooth on the tongue.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“The final third ramped things up a bit. The generic wood taste increases and charcoal subsided a bit. Before the end there came along a chili power flavor which kept my interests going.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
“The cinnamon has now taken hold. It has pushed everything else to the background. The cinnamon is tingling the tip of the tongue. There are a few notes that ebb and flow throughout this final third. This has made the finish very long and enjoyable.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
Overall Impressions – Ferio Tego Elegancia
“Very good draw. Not too open. Not too tight.” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“This sample had an impeccable burn from start to finish…basically it was a perfect burn!” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“This might be some of the best construction I have had on a cigar in a while. It burned cool, slow, and even. The ash was firm and held on for more than two inches at a time.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
Overall Strength: Mild-Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 93
“While milder than I tend to reach for, this cigar is quite satisfying. The sum of its parts, in the end, is better than each individual third. The aroma of this cigar is great and would likely not drive away someone otherwise opposed to cigar smoke. It will certainly raise questions from anyone passing by at the lounge. I do wish it could handle maintaining flavors whenever I put the cigar down for a rest. The frequency of puffing required makes this a pretty quick-burning cigar. I might not make this a regular smoke, but it is quite enjoyable.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
“This cigar does some things very well. The construction and burn were phenomenal. The flavors were fairly direct and offered little complexity. They all worked well together. This cigar is a great example of consistency. The flavor profile was the same from the first puff till I set it down. This would make a great everyday smoke for anyone.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“This was a really nice cigar I can see myself enjoying any time of day. I’m normally the guy who likes a cigar to kick my teeth in with power but this subtle cigar completely won me over. Recommended to everyone!” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“This cigar was definitely on the mild side. The lack of flavors and flavor transitions really made it hard to keep going. I try to give these milder cigars the benefit of the doubt but too many of them just bore me. I’m a bold cigar lover and this was definitely not in my wheelhouse. But who knows, maybe others would enjoy it.” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 75
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