Last November, during one of their their Freestyle Live broadcasts on Facebook, Drew Estate announced a new cigar: 20 Acre Farm. The fun part of this new release is that it was the mystery cigar sold as a part of their second Freestyle Live pack that allowed people to smoke it before finding out what it was live on the show. The previous cigar revealed this way was the Undercrown 10.
This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
The blend for 20 Acre Farm starts with an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade Grown wrapper, then a Sun Grown Habano binder, and finishes with fillers from Estelí and Jalapa, Nicaragua as well as a Florida Sun Grown leaf, grown by Jeff Borysiewicz on a 20-acre plot of land near the Central Florida town of Clermont, hence the name of the cigar.
Borysiewicz started Corona Cigar Co. in 1996 and started the process of growing tobacco on his small farm in 2013 with the hopes of bringing back The Sunshine State’s history of cigar tobacco growing, which previously ended in 1977.
Florida Sun Grown tobacco has been used by Drew Estate before in their FSG line released in 2017. 20 Acre Farm comes in boxes of 20 and in three sizes: Toro (6 x 52) $13.40/cigar $268/box, Robusto (5 ¼ x 54) $12.40/cigar $248/box, and Gordito (6 x 60) $15.40/cigar $308/box.
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Shade Grown Connecticut
Filler: Nicaragua, USA (Florida Sun Grown)
Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
Blender: Willy Herrera
Number of reviewers: 5 – Doug S. (Unpossible_1) Kevin J. (maninblack77) Lauren S. (Lauren S.) Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi) Isaac M. (The Nothing)
Age: 2 Months
Release Date: December 2021
Contributed by: Drew Estate
Initial Impressions – Drew Estate 20 Acre Farm Toro
“Wrapper gives off a bronzed look, with some blemishes here and there but is relatively smooth to the touch.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
“The aromas that really stand out are honeysuckle and some slight nuttiness. Really intrigued by the aromas before I even light it up. Let’s get to it!” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“Used my soft flame so I don’t crack the wrapper. Toasted the foot carefully. First several puffs were full of a creamy buttery flavor and that honeysuckle I got from the wrapper. On the retro are a blast of pepper and nuts that slowly subsided. At times there was a slight bitter note that thankfully didn’t last too long but was still present. Impressive first third overall. ” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“Things kick off with an unusual dry note that is reminiscent of fall leaves. Luckily this quickly fades and brings to me a much more pleasing creamy cedar with a touch of espresso. Add in some retro here and there to be rewarded with a gentle addition of white pepper. ” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
“White pepper came in before the end of the final third, but definitely marked the beginning of the second third. Along with the white pepper, there was some mild oak flavors. Maybe some other wood. It’s not very intense but it is a wood. The grains evolved to a toast-like flavor akin to a chunky whole grain toast.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
“As I smoke on, there is a shift in profile. It has taken on a toasted bread note. At times it is fresh rye bread then at others it is that of a light pumpernickel. The green note in the retrohale becomes a full on vegetal. Notes of green stocky vegetables abound. The body is still very thin and finish is short. The smoke however is thick and plentiful. ” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“The final third has smoothed out into more classic Connecticut flavors. Sweet cedar, buttery bready, and caramel notes still hanging in there.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
“Heading into the home stretch and it’s alot of the same story from the second third. Lots of creamy butteriness with some nuts on the back end. But that’s about it. No big flavors stood out. I was hoping this wouldn’t be like most Connecticut shade cigars due to how it began. But as it went along, that’s what I was left with. ” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
Overall Impressions – Drew Estate 20 Acre Farm Toro
“They only word I keep thinking is open. The draw is a little easy for my liking which causes the first two thirds to fly by. The added darkness in the final third makes me take a step back and slow down a touch. ” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“The burn was also stellar with only a slight wobble but never required a relight or touch-up.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
“Cigar appears to be well made. Wrapper is done properly, filler is not too little or too much. It also holds up without any issues during the smoke.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 88
“This is another one of those run of the mill cigars for me. With flavors like cedar, espresso and white pepper, you can’t really be mad. On the flipside, it also doesn’t stand out for me. It’s a good sized cigar, and if I’m going to invest that much time in smoking it, I expect a little something special. Or at least unique. That could just be me, but that’s where I stand at the end of the day.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
“This cigar started off with a bang but sadly ended with a whimper. Lots of nice bold flavors to start out with that quickly subsided and I was left with just an average tasting cigar. For those enjoying a milder cigar, this might be for them. But for me it just never kept my interest. I’d probably not try this again. But that’s because I like bolder cigars.” –Kevin J. (maninblack77)
“Overall this was just a solid stick. The pepper start was a nice surprise then it slowly smoothed out into more classic flavors. While not the most complex cigar it is a great anytime stick with good flavors and construction.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
“There are some that would call this your grandfather’s Connecticut cigar. I personally am not a fan of that flavor profile but I know the majority of the smoking community are. So this would be a winner for the fan of a cigar that is heavy on the cedar, vegetal, and pepper notes. This could make a great everyday cigar for that fan base and should find a home in many humidors.” –Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
“This cigar started off really well. I really liked the initial notes with the black pepper and grains but as soon as that faded off I was no longer interested. It was quite mild and while there were plenty of flavor changes and transitions, when I got to the end it just didn’t work anymore.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 78
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