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Spotlight Brand: Drew Estate Herrera Esteli

April 21, 2013 |

More Cuban than the Cuban. 

This '94' rated 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 after numerous trial blends, Herrera Estelí Habano happened and boy are we happy it did!

Everything about Herrera Estelí Habano is exceptional. Rolled entubado style, this time-honored method originated in Cuba and is the most difficult method of making cigars. To pull off this feat, Drew Estate took a team of rollers from the Liga Privada production team and tasked them with this painstaking project. The results are worth it. The sleek Ecuador Habano wrapper clings tightly to the Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers, resulting in 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.

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

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