The history of Nat Sherman cigars goes all the way back to 1930, when founder Nat Sherman acquired a clear Havana ciga brand called Epoca. For many years, Nat Sherman's cigar business played second fiddle to the company's popular luxury cigarettes. Brands such as Metropolitan and Host were created in the '90s, but never took off in terms of sales, and so manufacturing and distribution control of Nat Sherman brands were handed over to a third-party distribution company in 2005. But then, in 2011, the Shermans rejuvinated their cigar business with a brand called Nat Sherman Timeless that appealed to the modern cigar smoker's palate. It made Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 of 2012 list, and would go on to become a top seller for the company. Nat Sherman would continue to fill gaps in its cigar portfolio with brands such as Timeless Nicaragua, Sterling, 1930, and even the ressurected Epoca.