This cigar is one that needs not too much of an introduction, as it is with many cigars from the Drew Estate line up. Yet I had to write about it so here we go.
The Papas Fritas blend is a uniquely new idea, as far as I know. The blend is comprised of the unused cuts from Liga tobacco. The wrapper is Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro, the Binder Brazilian Mata Fina, and the Filler Honduran and Nicaraguan. The Papas Fritas is available in one Vitola measuring in at 4 1/2 x 44.
Construction and Pre-Light;
The Papas Fritas is a short-fill, don’t underestimate it, that feels packed well, no soft spots. There were few veins noticeable, and no wrapper seams. Sniffing the cigar gave a nice coffee aroma accompanied by a little peppers, the foot offered the same. A straight cut to the pig tail cap and coffee, leather, and pepper were apparent.
The initial flavor upon lighting the Paps Fritas was pepper and coffee. This profile lasted through the first few puffs of the cigar. A little into the first third and the coffee, almost espresso like, became the dominant flavor. The pepper, still a heavy presence, was reserved for the retrohale and on the back of the throat. Through the first third the coffee remained dominant and added some leather to the profile a ways in. The second third stuck with the profile of coffee and leather. The pepper became slightly more mild offering a nice easy smoke.
Into the final third the pepper re-assumed a more dominant presence once again. The coffee was also in the forefront keeping the flavor interesting and tasty. The leather became more of a background note in the final third, fading to the coffee and pepper. nubbing this baby wasn’t a problem, but I would have a drink handy because the pepper didn’t slack in the least.
Draw, Burn, and Ash;
The draw was an absolute delight from start to finish. One doesn’t have to work too hard for smoke with this cigar. Each puff expelled ample smoke, and if puffed too hard maybe too much.
The burn was excellent, almost razor sharp. No touch ups were needed anywhere throughout the cigar.
The ash was a salt and pepper gray and strong as they come. I had it to at least mid-way through the cigar before ashing, and truthfully I may not have had to.
I can’t say enough about the Papas Fritas by Drew Estate. The coffee, leather, and pepper were always a presence in one way or another all thru the smoke. The construction, draw, burn, and ash were exactly everything you could ask for in a great cigar. As I said in the beginning though, don’t let the size fool you, this baby isn’t a “little” smoke by any means. As for the name, who could turn down something called Papas Fritas which translates to french fries. Another excellent offering from Drew Estate, and of course it sounds like they’re selling fast so if you get the chance, don’t pass it up! As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan