Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaraguan
Vitola: 5¾” × 48 (corona)
Factory: El Titan de Bronze
Production: Limited Edition / Small Batch
CigarNoise Price Range: $11-$14 ($130/box MSRP)
Herrera Esteli Miami – Initial Thoughts
The Herrera Esteli Miami is the first Drew Estate cigar manufactured somewhere other than La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. This limited edition stick is produced at El Titan de Bronze. The HE Miami is a solid cigar, tightly packed and feels sturdy in my hand. The construction is flawless featuring tight seams, thin veins, a perfect triple cap and minimal tooth. The wrapper color appears to be rusty in appearance. Aromatic scents of cedar, mineral, and brown sugar greet from the wrapper. After clipping the HE Miami with my V-cut, the cold draw offers up absolutely nothing, surprising me with it’s lack of discernible flavors.
Herrera Esteli Miami – First Half
Mineral, Pepper, Wet Cedar, Sweet Cedar, Caramel, Coffee, Brown Sugar, Earth, Chocolate Covered Raisin
I carefully toast the foot of the Miami and things start slowly with this HE stick in the flavor department. This puzzles me considering I find Drew Estate sticks usually pick up quick. A strong mineral note starts things off, along with some pepper and a wet cedar finish. If it continues, this is going to be a short review. The char line is wavy but requires no touching up. The draw is smooth, easy, and produces a heavy, white, creamy smoke.
About a half inch in, the profile does an about face; increasing in complexity. With each puff more flavors appear: sweet cedar, caramel, coffee show up, blending nicely with brown sugar and an earthy finish. There is a lot of sweetness initially, but the earth on the finish balances things perfectly.
Right before the halfway point, chocolate-covered raisin replaces the earthy finish. I’m not a huge fan of raisin, but this really works well with the primary flavors of the first half.
Herrera Esteli – Second Half
Sweet Cedar, Coffee, Leather, Pepper, Mineral, Espresso, Chocolate, Buttery Finish
The second half of the HE Miami profile flips the script a little. Caramel and brown sugar step aside, giving way to leather and pepper with a subtle mineral note. The pepper is spicy but finishes quickly without punishing the palate.
The Miami ends with a bang of fully loaded espresso, leather, and chocolate, easing into a buttery finsh. The espresso is very strong here but the buttery finish smooths it away. About a quarter inch before the band, the ash finally falls, speaking to the great construction of this limited edition smoke. The char line requires a small touch up here while the draw remains very consistent.
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