Brand: Drew Estate Country: Nicaragua
Size: Toro Especial 6 1/4 x 54 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Price: $9.35 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
This label is pretty slick, but not in the literal sense. The Herrera Esteli has a label that feels like it’s made from cloth or canvas. It feels good. Also, it looks good. The red text on the light background reminds me of an old school fight promotion poster or even an old movie poster. Something about it feels vintage. Maybe Drew Estate was going for a hipster cigar. I could picture the Herrera at Starbucks wearing skinny jeans, a flannel, suspenders and a beret, sipping a latte, while writing a screen play. Well, except Starbucks is too mainstream.
What We Liked:
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I have ever had a bad experience with the construction of a Drew Estate cigar. Be it an Acid or a Liga Privada, they simply smoke right. The Herrera Esteli is no different. From start to finish, this stick had a perfect draw that burned even. The ash holds firm and is a pleasing shade of white. Smoke production, while not quite as excessive as the Feral Flying Pig, still lands above average.
The Liga Privada line is so good that I feel obligated to try any new cigars that Drew Estate releases. The Herrera Esteli strikes a very different pose from its LP brethren. If you are expecting coffee and cocoa, you will be disappointed. The Herrera Esteli is a different beast entirely.
The first thing I noticed after lighting up was the strength. For some reason, this caught me a bit off guard, although it was a pleasant surprise. Aside from a satisfying punch, this cigar also packed a really crisp, sweet tobacco flavor with hints of pepper. The Herrera takes on a very Cuban-like flavor profile, with an earthy, woody sweetness that lasts the whole way through. I’d put this cigar at a 3.2 out of 8.4 on the spice-scale, meaning, there is a bit of spice that seems to build as the smoke progresses.
What We Didn’t Like:
I found the Herrera Esteli to be a very dry smoke. This resulted in my bottle of Virgil’s Root Beer not lasting the entire stick. Next time, I will bring two bottles out with me. First world problems…
I will say that I prefer the Liga Privada flavor profile more than I do that of the Herrera Esteli. I can see aficionados being split into one of three camps: 1) the Liga camp which is categorized by sweet round notes of cocoa and coffee, 2) the Herrera camp with it’s clean, crisp tobacco flavors or 3) the Ron Mexico camp, with dry cardboard. My tent is pitched in camp #1, but I’d wager a fair number of people live on the other side of the tracks.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Definitely. The Herrera Esteli is a cigar that makes sense. Up until this point, the Drew Estate premium line was somewhat of a one trick pony, albeit a delicious pony. The Herrera brings some nice diversity to that portfolio. With a flavor profile resembling that of a classic Cuban, it wouldn’t surprise me to see many smokers in the US looking to the Herrera instead of risking a smuggle through customs. This is an easy recommendation.
Interested in trying the Herrera Esteli? You can purchase it here.