Spotlight Brand: Drew Estate Herrera Esteli

Herrera Esteli by Drew Estate

More Cuban than the Cuban. 

This release from Drew Estate was done in tandem with the famous Willy Herrera. If you're not familiar with Herrera, here's a quick history: he was the guy blending cigars for the famous El Titan de Bronze in Miami. And obviously he was doing an excellent job since he showed up on Drew Estate's radar. Now working at Drew Estate's factory in Estelí, Herrera was given unprecedented access to all of Drew Estate's tobaccos, and has been making blend after blend. This happens to be the blend that made the cut.

To start, Herrera Estelí is rolled in the entubado style. This time-honored method originated in Cuba and is the most difficult method of rolling. To pull off this feat, Drew Estate took a team of rollers from the Liga Privada production team and tasked them with this enormous project. The results are stunning. The lightly colored Ecuador Habano wrapper clings tightly to the Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers, making for a delicious medium to full-bodied blend that's teeming with notes of cedar, oak, and the quintessential Cuban creaminess on the finish. Drew Estate and Willy Herrera may have outdone themselves on this one.

Note: This is the original Herrera Esteli. Recently it received a name and packaging update - same blend as the original, just a new look. It now goes by Herrera Esteli Habano. Click here for the updated packaging.

Q & A: Cigar Beetles?

I purchased a box of cigars from my local shop and put them in my humidor. After a week, I noticed a few holes in my cigars and I feel I have cigar beetles. Help!

4/08/13 | by JK of Loma Linda, CA

​​This is an incredibly unfortunate and problematic issue but don't fret, you can save your cigars. First of all, get your beetle ridden cigars out of your humidor and then go through every other cigar in your humidor and check them to see if the beetles spread. If you find holes in your other cigars, you'll have to remove everything from your humidor. Next, put your cigars in zip lock bags and put them in the freezer for 24 to 48 hours total. That will kill any remaining larva. Now you'll have to slowly reintroduce humidity to your cigars. Remove them from the freezer and put them in the refridgerator for a day. Then move them from the fridge to the counter top a day later. This will slowly rejuvinate them. Then place the cigars in your humidor and maintain low humidity levels, slowly raising the humidity levels day by day. A painstaking process but rest assured you'll be beetle free. 

by Sean G

Picking A New Cigar

Article: Picking A New Cigar

The 2013 annual IPCPR cigar trade show is quickly approaching. While new cigars come and go, 80% of the latest and greatest are unveiled at this annual tradeshow, which sees attendance from the industry’s top cigar makers and tobacconists all competing for space in your humidor. Of the many brands that debut at the show, few offer the staying power to become “classics” on par with previous winners such as  Oliva Serie ‘V,’ Liga Privada, and Man O’ War. So how will you sort through the many latest and greatest to find your next favorite blend? We’ve made the ultimate cheat sheet to help you quickly narrow down specific cigar characteristics you enjoy. This will aid in creating a starting point for picking those newly released cigars you must get your hands on!

Step 1: Body

Narrow down the massive selection of new brands by beginning with the strength profile you prefer. Whether you’re a mellow or full-bodied enthusiast, you should always gravitate towards trying new cigars in your preferred strength profile.

Step 2: Wrapper

Wrapper remains the most dominant component in terms of deriving flavor. When looking for new cigars, consider both the seed type and country of origin of the wrapper. Seek out new cigars with the similar or same wrapper type for a true comparison.

Step 3: Manufacturer

While many different cigar makers may use the same types of tobaccos, each blender has their own secrets regarding how they process the tobacco before production. These secrets lend to certain signature flavor qualities in their blends. If many of your favorite cigars hail from the same cigar maker, consider other offerings in their lines. 

These are merely some simple guidelines. If you are looking for suggestions, your best bet will always be to give us a call at 800.357.9800. Our expert staff of tobacconists are always on hand to help you find whatever you need, including your new favorite cigar!