We enjoy cigars at every time of day:
A nice morning stick to get things going.
An afternoon drive cigar when one job ends and you have to be at another site miles away.
An evening cigar while waiting for dinner or afterward to help you digest.
But there’s something special about late-night smokes, lit up when everyone else is headed to sleep or already snoozing. The silence… the flick of the lighter… the smoke in the air… and not a soul to bother you.
Ahh… that’s where it’s at.
Here are our six favorite Drew Estate smokes for late-night puffery.
(WARNING: dark theme ahead. You won’t find any mild blondies below.)
This is where it all started.
Maybe not with this wrap, but this
line is what launched Drew Estate all those many years ago in New York. The stock was hard to come by while the new era cigar boom was unfolding, and the Drew Estate boys saw an opportunity to stock the shelves of their WTC kiosk with a few of their own house cigars.
“La Vieja Habana,” they called it.
The line has gone through changes over the years, but this is one of the pillars that the House of Drew is built upon.
High quality, flavorful, balanced, and it won’t break the bank - but the Cameroon wrap gives you just enough complexity to suit your mood at midnight. This remains a reliable, thoroughly enjoyable smoke.
Oh my goodness… oh, my bad
ness! This smoke is just too much to handle. Full body, tons of flavor – we can’t really call this one “balanced.” This is a spicy number that doesn’t capture your attention, it straps it down to a chair, ties it up, and plays Russian Roulette with it until the sun comes up.
Wait, that wouldn’t work.
Well… it threatens
to do that. That’s enough.
Anyway, you’ll get everything the Nicaraguan long-fillers and Mexican Negro binder can throw at you, and then the Connecticut Maduro wrapper will jump on the pile. If you’re a flavor junkie – if you’ve just gotta
have that punch – check this smoke out. It’s an old-country bumpkin that will surprise any city slicker who wants to party with it.
Coffee – that’s what you’re getting. Not notes of coffee.
Not hints of coffee. It's a straight-up coffee flavor. Not the fading memory of coffee.
With this smoke, you won’t have to wonder if you’re tasting what other people have noticed. You won’t have to focus hard on your senses. You’ll just get it.
We like to imagine that there’s some turbo coffee addict out there who’s brewing up an espresso, firing up this stick, and munching on some chocolate covered dark roast beans, all at the same time. As the urban legend goes, if you do that and chant, “Juan Valdez, Juan Valdez, Juan Valdez” into a French press, then the next time you brew coffee, it will magically fill with the purest, finest Columbian you’ve ever tasted. And as you sip on it, you’ll hear the clip-clop of donkey hooves walking down the road in the distance…
Is it possible to hallucinate from overdoing it with caffeine and cigars? Only the brave know the real answer.
The makers called it a “ull throttle beast of peppery spice” in case you want a quick summary.
A Criollo capa
A San Andres Otapan Negro Último Corte capote (“I’m sorry - what did you just say? I didn’t catch any of that. Did you say this is the cigar of ‘ultimate darkness??’”)
A filler blend of aged Nicaraguan and Honduran tripa leaf.
Whoo-mama! This one is a late-night doozy.
You know, now that we think of it, intense dark cigars might not always be the best thing right before you sail off to sleep, but let’s just assume that you’re a long-haul trucker and you’re staying up to travel by night.
Anyway, the tenth-anniversary edition of the world-class Liga Privada line is almost too much to handle. It’s not for dabblers. This is a cigar smoker’s cigar. It’s not a chill smoke. It’s another mega burner that brings the heat.
Good thing you’ve got nothing else to do, right?
“There are people.
There are stories.
The people think they shape the stories, but the reverse is often closer to the truth.”
-Swamp Thing Annual #2
While you ponder that, let’s light up a tribute to the swampy earth itself – the American swampy earth! This cigar is loaded with fire-cured Virginia and Kentucky tobaccos and is lovingly wrapped in a green candela leaf (you know, like almost all cigars used to be in your father/grandfather’s day?)
Tastes like BBQ. Who knows, maybe you’ll be tormenting the neighborhood with a little midnight grilling? Hey, why not? Nothing’s more American than doing whatever you please on your own property.
One last dark stick to close out the evening. This one scored above a 90 on some rating sites, and so you can expect exquisite quality. As the story goes, this cigar was patterned on the Liga Privada No. 9 to get rollers to stop smoking so many of them at the factory. It’s a bit more mellow but still provides ample flavor and strength.
This is our end of day smoke of choice, actually.
Sweet dreams, nightcrawlers!