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Monday, 14 October 2013

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Welcome back folks.  We have a couple of reviews today to help you get through your case of the Mondays.  Let’s see what the Drew Estate Nica Rustica and the Casa Miranda Chapter Two have to offer, shall we?

Drew Estate Nica Rustica

Seeing how the Drew Estate brand calls Esteli, Nicaragua, their home, it comes as no surprise that they would make a cigar in honor of the region’s rich tobacco.  That’s exactly what the Nica Rustica is, although I’ll add that it also honors tobacco from Nicaragua’s fertile Jalapa region.  Slated as an October 2013 release, the cigar carries the nickname of “El Brujito,” which translates to Witch Doctor in English.  As for the significance of this, El Brujito is a “sign of pride” that can be found throughout Esteli on sculptures, in graffiti, and more.  Now I’ve had plenty of solid smoking experiences from Drew Estate sticks in the past, so I have little doubt that I’ll be impressed by the Nica Rustica.  To confirm if this is true, however, I’ll have to light one up.  So let’s get to it…

The Drew Estate Nica Rustica comes in just one format that measures 6 x 52.  The cigar is made in Esteli, Nicaragua and has a Nicaraguan filler of Esteli and Jalapa tobaccos.  A Mexican San Andres binder comes next, and a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper completes the composition.  The Nica Rustica is listed as a medium to full-bodied smoke that was blended to be rustic.  In other words, it’s unrefined, unpolished, and made for “hardcore tobacco lovers,” per the Drew Estate website.

The Drew Estate Nica Rustica is not the flashiest cigar I have seen, but it does appear to sport solid construction.  The pigtail cap looks to be done well and the dark brown wrapper looks to have some oil on its surface.  I notice a few veins here and there, but no major imperfections worth noting.  The cigar has some give to it when pressed.  The pre-light aroma is a spicy, while the cold taste is sweet.

Once in action, the Nica Rustica has a burn that is satisfactory for the most part.  The draw is good and there’s a substantial amount of smoke.  The burn does seem as if it wants to get out of hand, but quickly corrects itself.  I only need to apply one minor touch-up with my lighter.  The ash is dark gray and solid in nature.






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