A recent visit to Total Tobacco gave me the chance to pick up some cigars that I’ve been waiting to try. The Herrera Esteli is one that I’m sure many know about. It is distributed by Drew Estate adding to their already fabulous repertoire.
The Herrera Esteli sports an Ecudorian Habano wrapper, Honduran binder, and not surprisingly Nicaraguan filler, from Esteli and Jalapa.
Construction and Pre-Light;
For this review I chose the Lonsdale vitola. A beautiful cigar to look at, total Cuban fashion. The cigar showed very minimal veins, maybe one, and barely visible wrapper seams. Smelling the cigar yielded a barnyard scent, along with sweet notes. The foot gave me some sweet notes, slight spice, and wood.
The cigar from a flavor standpoint was second to none. It started off with a slight spice, and a very generous amount of creamy notes that gave me a vanilla type taste. The wood notes took shape a ways into the first third, and the flavors of creamy vanilla and a very slight spice were going well together creating a fabulously sweet experience. Pun intended.
The second third brought some more interesting twists to this cigar. I began to get a taste of oak and cedar that developed from the end of the first into the second. At times I sensed a tad of leather as well, but just hints. The addition of the cedar and oak. along with the vanilla and slight spice turned this cigar into a more fabulous experience than it already was.
The final third was again such a great part of the cigar. The cedar, oak, and spice all stayed in play offering a fabulous finish to this complex and flavorful journey. No trouble nubbing this beauty!
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
The draw was perfect from start to finish, no complaints at all.
The burn was as beautiful as the whole experience of this cigar. Just about razor sharp for the duration.
The ash was excellent, held on for at least an inch at a time, and fell only on command.
There is no wonder that Drew Estate would get behind such a cigar. It is another addition to this fabulous company that should be a grand slam just as so many of their offerings. I think a box of these is most definitely in order, and can’t wait to see what age will bring. The creamy flavors combined with spice, cedar, oak, and leather provide an absolute complex and delicious smoking experience that is sure to leave one wanting more. It did for me. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan