Cigar Reveal #67


Drew Estate - Herrera Esteli

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Brand Drew Estate
Cigar Herrera Esteli
Wrapper Ecuador (Habano)
Binder Honduras
Filler Nicaragua
Description Drew Estate made their way into the premium (non-flavored) cigar industry by mostly making cigars authentically Nicaraguan. That is, bold, strong, spicy smokes that Esteli gained fame from in the last twenty years. But when they hired Willy Herrera from El Titan de Bronze nearly ten years ago to blend their cigars, they wanted something different. And from the packaging, the marketing, and especially the flavor itself, it's clear what they wanted was a vintage Cuban-esque cigar: rich, earthy, woody and balanced. In 2014 Cigar Aficionado placed it at #8 on their Top 25 Cigars of the Year list, and since then Herrera has created all kinds of unique versions of the same (Herrera Esteli Norteño, Miami, Brazilian Maduro, Habana Special Edition). And while all are worthy of a space in your humidor, for the palate that prefers a more subtle, flavorful smoke, look no further than the original.
Review:         Cigar Aficionado
(2014 Top 25 Cigars of the Year 🏆) The draw of this attractive, three-seam robusto is lush and flawless. Sweet almond notes are balanced by earth and leather, though the finish is dry and woody.
Review:         Cigar Coop
The Herrera Esteli is being positioned as Cubanesque and that is exactly how this cigar smokes.  The difference is while this might smoke like a Cuban, it has all of the quality that Central and South American tobacco brings to the table.  This cigar reminded me that I can really get a great cigar experience from a classic flavor profile.   The interesting thing is that this cigar could be a game-changer for the cigar industry as we could see the beginnings of a throwback movement to more classic flavor profiles.   This is a cigar I’d not only recommend to the novice or experienced cigar enthusiast, but to the cigar smoker who only smokes Cuban tobacco.   As for myself, this cigar is certainly worthy of a box purchase.