Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Nicaraguan
Vitola: Toro (6x52)
Brand:  Drew Estate
Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
CigarNoise Price Range:  $11-$14
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Herrera Esteli TAA – Prelight

The Herrera Esteli TAA has a beautiful coffee bean colored Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The oil from the wrapper gleams in the sun. and the cigar is firm to the touch with no soft spots. A seamless cap is another feature of this well-constructed cigar. The foot smells of cedar, earth, leather and sweetness. After using a V-cut, the cold draw offers cedar, spice, and earth.

Herrera Esteli TAA – Smoking Experience

I torched this stick with my double flame lighter and dug in for the long haul. The first couple puffs are of cedar, earth, oak, some pepper and a hint of fruit. The fruity flavor only lasts the first 2-3 puffs then disappears so I couldn’t pinpoint what it was.  The pepper comes and goes very inconsistently. The combo of cedar, earth, and oak are the main staples for this stick. In the second third, there is a background of cocoa sweetness that appears but doesn’t last long.

The flavors of this cigar balance each other nicely, however the lack of complexity was very disappointing. The entire time I kept saying to myself, “It’s going to pick up any second,” but it never did.

Herrera Esteli TAA – Burn and Draw

The burn was very wavy throughout the entire cigar but didn’t need to be fixed. In the middle of the final third, it finally corrected itself to the point that it was somewhat even. The draw was perfect throughout with thick, chewy smoke.  Even while resting the smoke output was moderate.

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Lack of Complexity

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The Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive was a good cigar but not for the price point. I was hoping for a very complex, full-flavored cigar but it did not deliver. I will revisit this cigar in a couple months to see if some rest will turn it around.
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This was one of the best cigars I had the pleasure of smoking in 2016. It reminded me of a Liga 9 which is one of my all time favorite cigars. I highly recommend this cigar if you can still find it.
January 19, 2017, 7:12 pm
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Chris Mccouch

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