The Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Miami is a project by Master Blender Willy Herrera allowing him to go back to his roots where he got his start, the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami. The factory is owned by Willy’s mother-in-law and fellow industry ledged, Sandra (Sandy) Cobras.
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 Herrera Esteli Miami line launched in 2016 as a limited edition cigar in one size, a 5 3/4 x 48 corona gorda. It expanded to regular production and more sizes in 2018 including: Robusto Grande (5 x 50) – $10.99, Toro Especial (6 x 52) – $11.75, Lonsdale Deluxe (6 1/2 x 44) – $11.30, and Piramide Fino (6 1/2 x 54) – $12.75. The blend has remained the same since launch, including an Ecuadorian habano oscuro wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatra binder, and filler from Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. All comes in boxes of 10 except the Lonsdale Deluxe which is boxes of 20.
Length: 6 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 54
Country of Origin: USA
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Factory: El Titan de Bronze
Blender: Willy Herrera
Number of reviewers: 5 – Lauren S. (Lauren S.) Chad M. (Chad Tchad) Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard) Randy B. (randobush) Diana (ArmyRN)
Release Date: November 2018
Contributed by: Drew Estate
Initial Impressions – Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Miami Piramide Fino
“This cigar is an attractive 6”x52 rg torpedo. The oily wrapper is a medium brown, with an auburn shade to it. The pack feels solid, with no soft spots, and there are no detectable flaws. The seam is tight and nearly invisible. The bottom is an open foot.” –Randy B. (randobush)”
“Creamy leather notes noted from the foot to the cap” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“For the first third, there is just not much going on here. A slight floral note appears on occasion, but I’m mostly just getting a mild earthy tobacco taste. The burn is also immediately giving me some issues with a heavy wobble and slight internal tunneling.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
“Instant creamy taste with slight fresh black pepper notes. Very light and airy mouthfeel to this cigar; the taste does not stay long on the palette. ” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“Quite a bit of transition ending the first third and beginning the second third.
Side note: the burn got a bit wonky about 1” in but did not affect performance, and a quick touch-up corrected the issue. Sweet and savory paprika, baking spice, coffee, and leather coat the tongue with a flavor that lasts from puff to puff. Retro is still smooth and easy and a tiny bit of citrus zest in it now.” –Randy B. (randobush)
“The cigar remains earthy with leather, coffee, and cocoa mixed in. The saltiness is also there and adds an interesting note to the profile. As I approached the end of the second third, a hint of almond nuttiness pokes through and is a pleasant surprise.” –Diana (ArmyRN)
“Smooth city going into the final third.
Coffee, chicory, dried raisin, earth, dried bark, cream, and paprika. Retrohale is pleasing. Nice transitions. The draw has been wonderful, and the finish is still a solid medium, very nice. Salt rolls in midway through the final third. I relight needed in final third, probably my fault. Cigar finishes well, never got too hot or bitter. Flavorful to the end. “-Randy B. (randobush)
“A slight sweetness popped up along with the wood and spice” –Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)
Overall Impressions – Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Miami Piramide Fino
“The draw for me was very tight the whole way through the cigar; this might have been why not much flavor and light mouthfeel of the cigar.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“Wonky in the first third with a quick touch-up fix needed. Relight in the final third, but otherwise, zero burn issues.” –Randy B. (randobush)”
“After making two cuts to the torpedo top I was happy to see that the cigar did not deteriorate or unravel. The wrapper remained intact throughout and there were no cracks, lifts or issues with it except for the burn. ” –Diana (ArmyRN)
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 87
“There were about 2 inches in the middle of the cigar that I thought was stellar, with floral notes and baking spice. The rest of the blend was just mediocre with not much going on, just some classic earthy tobacco flavors.
The heavy burn issues were also a nuisance but did not seem to affect the flavor that much.
Overall a decent cigar with a few moments of amazing flavor.” –Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
“The cigar was a very light cigar with both flavor and mouthfeel. The flavors that I got was creamy notes with light fresh black pepper with the flavor leaving the palette very quickly and not hanging at all on the tongue.” –Chad M. (Chad Tchad)
“Flavors were ok, not bad, the stiffer draw and uneven burning got annoying.” –Joseph S. (Bearded Bastard)
“Really enjoyed this cigar. Flavors were distinguishable and profound, with the nice transition of flavors throughout.” –Randy B. (randobush)
“I liked this cigar and wanted to like it a whole lot more except for the burn issues and the falling off of flavors in the last third. I liked the look of it and the notes of leather, coffee, and salt are definitely flavor notes that I thoroughly enjoy. I’d definitely revisit this cigar again and might enjoy it with a mild Bloody Mary as I think it would enhance the flavors.” –Diana (ArmyRN)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 81
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