On the eastern coast of Brazil, there’s a state called Bahia with a perfect climate and conditions for growing tobacco. The leaf that comes from there is referred...
On the eastern coast of Brazil, there’s a state called Bahia with a perfect climate and conditions for growing tobacco. The leaf that comes from there is referred to as “Mata Fina,” which means “thin forest.” Unlike the lush Amazon, Bahia has ample room for agriculture, and more than enough for tobacco plants to soak up that gorgeous South American sunlight.
Other Drew Estate blends have put Mata Fina tobacco to fine use – most notably in the binder leaf of the Liga Privada No. 9. It’s known for delivering rich earthy flavor and natural sweetness. It comes as no surprise that Drew Estate master blender Willy Herrera would turn to it again for his own line of cigars to continue experimenting and finding great ways to use the Brazilian tobacco leaf.
This time, it’s getting the spotlight as a wrapper!
Just to be clear, the Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro features a Brazilian Mata Fina Maduro wrapper. (We know, you’re shocked to hear it.) The leaf has been painstakingly fermented until it’s natural sweetness and smoothness is fully developed. It looks like rich brown artisanal paper, with plenty of tooth and captured oil. Take a sniff and you’ll be treated to a complex earthy and somewhat floral aroma. Inside that is a potent rustic Connecticut Broadleaf binder, which is rolled around the signature Herrera Esteli blend of Nicaraguan long-filler tobacco.
The smoke is medium to full body, feeling quite lush when you get a good draw. There’s also a decent smoke output, so you’ll be in the clouds pretty quickly with this one. The flavors are really interesting and satisfying – it’s floral and earthy, with notes of vanilla, cedar wood, and even tart fruit like rhubarb. There’s no mistaking it. This is a modern smoke from a modern master who’s already topping the charts on the regular.
Please browse our selection of Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro cigars at your leisure.