Michael Herklots announced in January of 2021 that he would be bringing back the former Nat Sherman brands along with his business partner Brendon Scott. Along with the news of the legacy Nat Sherman brands came word that there would be new blends under the newly formed Ferio Tego brand. Eight months later came the announcement of Ferio Tego Elegancia and Ferio Tego Generoso; with the former rolled by the Quesada Family and the latter by Plasenia. Both factories were (and continue to be under the Ferio Tego brand) long time makers of Nat Sherman legacy brands.
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.
Both the Ferio Tego Elegancia and Ferio Tego Generoso are limited edition cigars, and carry the price tag of such. Each only come in one size, a 6 x 50 toro. They also both come in boxes of 10 that can double as travel humidors with a place for humidification built in.
The Ferio Tego Generoso is rolled at the Plasencia Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The blend uses a Honduran shade-grown wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. Production is limited, but exact numbers were not given. Each box of cigars in either blend retails for $210 or $21 a cigar. Ferio Tego is distributed exclusively by Davidoff of Geneva USA in the United States and its territories.
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A.
Blender: Michael Herklots
Number of reviewers: 4 – Kevin J. (maninblack77) Kevin A. (Kevin A.) Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi) Isaac M. (The Nothing)
Age: 2 Months
Release Date: October 2021
Contributed by: Blind Man’s Puff
Initial Impressions – Ferio Tego Generoso
“This is a shiny-looking, chestnut hue toro. Sporting many long flat veins and a lumpy triple cap. It is rolled tightly with near-invisible seams. If you run your fingers over the length of the cigar you will find a silky smooth feel.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“There are some interesting aromas coming from this cigar in the pre-light. The aroma from the foot is very sweet and fruity, almost like blackberry jelly, with a slight cinnamon undertone. The body of the cigar is has a little bit of earthiness to it, along with hints of a grain-like note that reminds me of corn flakes. Pre-light draw is a little bit loose, and also has a sweetness to it, although I am detecting more of a citrus vibe than the stone fruit detected from the foot.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“Once I toast the foot and get it fired up I get loads of green coffee bean acidity with undertones of cedar. The retrohale is fresh ground black pepper that burns the sinuses long after the smoke is gone. After the ash falls, there is a shift in the flavor profile. The acidity has fallen off and the cedar takes the lead. It stays that way till the last moments of the third when it takes a turn towards a more vegetal note with a nice creamy note in the retrohale. It is a nice close to the third. The smoke is smooth and the finish is light to medium in length.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“This cigar started off with bittering hops, lumber, green peppercorn, and spearmint. It was rather intense, full flavor. The draw was spot on and there seemed to be an ample amount of smoke as well. The cigar calmed down a bit and I was left with a bourbon pepper cream that really seemed to stick to my palate. There were a number of smaller flavors that pop in and out like lemon peel, caulk, and floral notes. Pepper was most intense in the retro.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
“Transitioning into the second part and the flavors continue to be fresh and very much citrus. Orange peel and lemons abound. Continues to be on the milder side but definitely not a bad thing. The flavors just seem to pop on this. Like a fresh spring day with the windows open. Very refreshing. The burn is very impressive as well. Razor-sharp burn line. ” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“The middle part of the cigar gets a little more citrus to it, though the floral notes from the early part of the cigar are definitely dominant. There is a slight bitterness on the finish as well. All in all, it is not doing very much to excite the palate at this point. The draw is still a little loose, and burn continues to perform very well.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“There is one final shift in profile. Both the retrohale and palate are in agreement with a very floral profile. So much so that I feel like I am smelling a bag of potpourri. Luckily the is a great cinnamon undertone that brings everything into balance. The finish is long and flavorful and makes me not want to put this cigar down. ” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“The final third got a little more oomph to it and added some nice pepper spice, coffee, and cocoa. It would have been great if these showed up earlier in the cigar but it was worth the wait for sure. Draw stayed on the loose side the entire way, but the burn was 100% on point.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
Overall Impressions – Ferio Tego Generoso
“The draw was spot on for me. I couldn’t ask for it to be better.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
“The burn was straight and even for the whole time. The burn line was tight to the wrapper from start to finish. The ash was flaky and dark and acted like it was underfilled at times. Overall it performed well.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“There were times that the cigar acted as if it was underfilled and had voids in the filler but it worked through those issues just fine. It was a well put together cigar.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 90
“This was definitely on the milder side for someone like me who likes a stronger cigar, but the flavors really shined. Citrus, lemon zest, orange peel, leather, and Graham cracker all melded together to create a very enjoyable cigar. I would definitely try this again, especially when the weather warms up. Thanks for the experience!” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“The final parts of this cigar saved it from a subpar rating for me. The early stages were very mellow with not a lot going on in the flavor department. This is for sure a cigar for anyone, as it does not have any bad manners and touches on medium strength at the finish” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“This was a cigar that had many changes throughout the smoking experience. It was never boring and is very approachable for all smokers. It would make a perfect early morning cigar with a cup of tea or coffee. It would find a home in my humidor and would fit the need of any cigar smoke that likes a complex medium body cigar.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“Man, this cigar started off great. I’d loved it. The unfortunate part is it did fall apart. Once the burn got to where the cigar split the flavors never worked cohesively. It was a mess. That first two-thirds though, wow. Hopefully, there’s better performance out of a cigar that holds itself together because this could be an amazing cigar. I’d certainly be willing to risk another shot and find a good performer.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 99
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