Yesterday, during their Freestyle Live: Special Edition” broadcast on facebook, Drew Estate announced a new cigar: 20 Acre Farm. This 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 blend for 20 Acre Farm uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade Grown wrapper, a Sun Grown Habano binder, and 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. The name of the cigar comes from this size of Borysiewicz’s farm.
Borysiewicz started Corona Cigar Co. in 1996 and began cultivating tobacco on his small farm in 2013 with the hopes of reviving The Sunshine State’s historic legacy of cigar tobacco growing, which had ended in 1977.
Florida was once a big tobacco supplier for cigar factories in Tampa and beyond. The farm that I bought just west of Orlando proved to be the perfect plot of land to resurrect Florida’s cigar tobacco growing heritage. We combined age-old tobacco growing practices along with the most advanced modern agricultural techniques to produce Florida Sun Grown tobacco, which is unique in every aspect of flavor, intensity and aroma.
Florida Sun Grown tobacco has been used by Drew Estate before in their FSG line released in 2017. 20 Acre Farm will ship nationwide early December. It 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.
Jeff’s magnificent farm in Clermont has the feel of being directly transported from Cuba’s famed Vuelta Abajo region, where the best Cuban tobaccos are harvested. While carefully blended into the cigar so it doesn’t overpower the rest of the tobaccos, the Florida Sun Grown tobacco serves as 20 Acre Farm’s backbone, and it leads every aficionado on an exclusive journey thru history, space and time to the gilded years of Cuban cigars.