This review is going to be a little different because of the circumstances I was in. Although, cigar reviewers would always love to be in perfect conditions it often isn’t that way. Many cigar smokers don’t get the chance to smoke in perfect environments either. The same is true of myself. I decided I was going to risk the cold and the rain to smoke a cigar. This is a cigar I have smoked before and I enjoyed the first time but I wanted to see if my opinion changed when the circumstances changed. Here are my thoughts!
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra, Sun Grown
Binder: Habano, Sun Grown
Filler: Nicaraguan and one leaf of ligero from Honduras
Vitola: Gran Toro, 6×52
Appearance & Smell
This has a rich, almost clove-type smell to it. It also smells creamy and earthy. The appearance is a beautiful brown with almost a hint of red to the wrapper itself. Maybe the label draws that color out a bit.
I used my trusty Xikar Xi1 to put a flat cut on the cap and then employed my Xikar Enigma double torch to light the cigar.
Burn & Draw
Even being outside on a rainy and windy day, I couldn’t have asked for a better burn. I didn’t have to touch this cigar up once. I simply kept a nice rotation on it while I smoked and it stayed pretty even throughout. The draw was perfect by not being too tight or too loose.
Strength & Body
I would say the strength of this cigar is definitely a solid medium. The complexity was really nice in the body. I picked up earth, cream, nutmeg, and a hint of spice. It was easy to follow the transitions without being overwhelmed by a myriad of flavors. I think it was very well blended.
I was pleasantly surprised when going back to this cigar. I enjoyed it just as much the first time even though my circumstances sucked. I would have smoked it even further down but I couldn’t feel my fingers anymore so I decided it was time to go in! With all of that being said, if you enjoy medium-bodied cigars then you should definitely give this one a try. This cigar brings a unique combination of flavors to the table that a lot of other blenders haven’t been able to produce. Let me know what you think of it!
Source: Purchased Locally
Brand Information: Drew Estate Cigars