Herrera Esteli By Drew Estate Connecticut Broadleaf Lancero
Drew Estate knows what to do with broadleaf about as well as anyone out there. There are definitely some broadleaf specialists and experts in today’s cigar world (Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson comes to mind, and he’s by no means the only one), and Willy Herrera is without a doubt in that group. Together with his Drew Estate brain trust, they’ve smoked broadleaf experiments in more ways than we can probably count. Given that THIS is the blend he’s chosen to represent his namesake brand, you just know it’s not going to disappoint.
So you know it’s a certified smoker.
This Herrera Esteli Connecticut Broadleaf cigar was initially launched as a “Tienda Exclusiva” to STOGIES World Class Cigar in 2016, and that little bit of market research confirmed that the blend was indeed ready for broader exposure. The smaller ring gauge of the Lancero is just perfect to suit the tobacco mix that makes this one so nice.
The wrapper is the bomb. It’s a higher priming Connecticut broadleaf that Drew Estate saves for limited-edition releases like this one. Inside is the Liga signature Brazilian Mata fina binder, hugging a core of rich Nicaraguan long-leaf.
Cigar Aficionado gave it 89 points, describing how “Initial puffs of this dark, veiny cigar have a meatiness that also reveals notes of incense, rock salt, dark toast and a bit of marzipan before the cedary finish.” Drew Estate and the Liga style of blending always seem to bring out that barbeque meat note, and if you’ve come to love it, you’re going to love this one. There’s plenty to love. As Willy Herrera said, he focused on how to “bunch the filler leaves in a way that provides the complexity, so the cigar doesn't become one-dimensional.”
These Liga-related blends never are.
Fermented in pilones to “reach the maximum flavor and color,” this particular broadleaf wrapper is at its peak. One of our favorite flavor profiles shows yet another side of itself in this powerful puffer. Viva Señor Herrera!
Please browse our selection of Herrera Esteli Connecticut Broadleaf cigars at your leisure.
- What are the flavors like? Roasted meat, rock salt, and marzipan.
- What’s the strength level? Medium-full.
- Who is this cigar for? Herrera Esteli Connecticut Broadleaf cigars are for fans of the Drew Estate approach to broadleaf.
- Will I want to smoke it to the nub? We can’t see skipping the flavors of this one.
- What’s a good pairing with it? A Lord Hobo Boom Sauce IPA should bring enough oomph to pair with this little broadleaf bully.
- What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar? After a day in the sun and sand, when you finally cool down and wind down
- Any flaws/downsides? Nah. We’re all over this type of cigar, and the reviews so far have come in pretty happy, with our top reviewer saying that the HE Connecticut broadleaf is “One of the best cigars I've ever had.” This one is going places!
One of the best cigars I've ever had
I am a big fan of the lancero vitola, and this cigar really exemplifies the kind of product you can get when it is done well. Construction in a lancero is crucial and these cigars are expertly rolled so you have a smooth smoke all the way through. The flavor is unmistakable, it is like taking a sip of a slightly sweetened dark roast espresso. It's uncanny how similar it is. My wife doesn't even smoke and I had her take a puff and she agreed. I hate writing this review because I want to keep these all for myself.
Great aroma on light up. Smoke stack. Great flavor. Great draw. Razor burn. Nice white 1.5 inch first ash. Medium to full strength.
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