Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 09 September 2013

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The NFL season has finally kicked into regular season mode, and we have a couple of cigars that you may want to enjoy as you watch the games.  First up is the Drew Estate Herrera Esteli, which will be followed by the Mike Ditka Throwback.

Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Robusto Extra

The Herrera Esteli line from Drew Estate is still fairly new, as it just started to hit shelves back in February of this year.  The cigar took about a year to produce, and Willy Herrera is the man responsible for its blending.  Herrera joined the Drew Estate team after he left Miami’s El Titan de Bronze factory, and he was rewarded with a line carrying his own name.  Described as “Cubanesque” in flavor, the Herrera Esteli is said to be quite different from anything else that Drew Estate makes, so if you’re a fan of the brand, you will probably want to give this one a look.  As for myself, I’m about to give it a look right now…

The Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Robusto Extra measures 5.5 x 52.  The line also gives you a choice of four other formats, including the 5.25 x 46 Short Corona Gorda, 6 x 44 Lonsdale Deluxe, 6.25 x 54 Toro Especial, and the 6 x 52 Piramide Fino.  The cigar’s filler is made up of Nicaraguan tobacco, while the binder is Honduran.  Last, but not least, is the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.  The strength is listed as medium to full-bodied.  As for where it’s made, the Herrera Esteli comes to us from, you guessed it, Esteli, Nicaragua. 

I’m impressed by the appearance of the Herrera Esteli.  It’s not the flashiest looking cigar that I’ve seen, but it does look “clean,” if that makes any sense.   The decorative band near the head features the Herrera Esteli name in large letters, and it also denotes that fact that the cigar is imported from Nicaragua.  The white, red, and gold colors of the band stand out nicely.  As I look at the cigar itself, the wrapper has a medium brown color with a somewhat oily sheen.  There are some minor veins that are visible and it seems to be packed well with tobacco, as there’s not much give when pressed.  Before lighting there is a cedar scent to the cigar, while the cold taste is woody.

The burn of the Drew Estate Herrera Esteli is about as good as I could expect.  The draw is nearly perfect and plenty of smoke fills the air.  No touch-ups are needed and the same holds true for re-lights.  The ash is light gray in color and solid.

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