Drew Estate Cigars
La Vieja Habana Corojo by Drew Estate Cigars

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6.0
Gauge: 85

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan Esteli, Jalapa
Blender/Creator: Jonathan Drew
Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate (Nicaragua)
Country: Nicaragua
Purchase Source: Ed Wong
Date Purchased: July 5, 2021
Price: Gift
Date Smoked: July 7, 2021

La Vieja Habana Corojo by Drew Estate Cigars

07/07/2021
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 Corojo, Drew Estate Cigars, Jonathan Drew, La Vieja Habana, La Vieja Habana Corojo, Nicaragua, Perdomo Factory, Toro Today was my first time smoking this La Vieja Habana Cuban Corojo by Drew Estate Cigars and my second of the La Vieja Habana cigar line.

Once lit, mild tobacco flavors through a draw with the perfect amount of resistance delivering smooth earthy leather and coffee tobacco flavors. The retrohale mirrors the leather flavors in a very enjoyable way.

Puffing my way into the second third… I’m digging this “Affordable” cigar… In this version of the La Vieja Habana (Cuban Corojo) I’m picking up some subtle sweetness and faint cocoa along with some black pepper that’s joining the leather on the retrohale. This is turning out to have a notch more flavor than the Connecticut La Vieja Habana I smoked yesterday.

The construction on this “Budget-Cigar” is impressive for such an affordable cigar… But why should I be surprised since this was hand-rolled at the Drew Estate factory in Nicaragua?

At the last third… it was getting a little too hot and bitter, so I think this is where I’ll end it. Overall for the price of this cigar, the La Vieja Habana Cuban Corojo is another great “Beginner-Cigar” for the new cigar smoker or something to take out for a walk or on the golf course.

Yep, I’d smoke it again!

Stay Smoky
Stay Chill


From Cigar.com
La Vieja Habana was Drew Estate’s first brand, originally made by Antonio Almanzar in New York City on 6th Avenue and 30th Street from 1994 until 1996. 1996 was the height of the cigar boom, and farmers throughout Central America suddenly became stressed-out businessmen, leaving roller Antonio sitting in Manhattan with no tobacco. Ultimately, Drew Estate had no choice other than to let La Vieja Habana rest.

In 1996, they moved their production of La Vieja Habana to Miami-based Nicks Cigar Company, makers of Perdomo. Although not very pricey, La Vieja Habana received surprisingly high results and acceptance without a dollar in advertising or marketing. By November 1998, all of the hard work was finally paying off. Then disaster struck, as Hurricane Mitch ravished Nicaragua. For the second time in 4 years, Drew Estate was forced to stop production of La Vieja Habana.

Then, 2002 brought Drew Estate to their fourth year of manufacturing cigars in their own factory in Esteli, Nicaragua; their second year of farming, and their third nationwide launch of La Vieja Habana. They had ample time to select and age genuine Ecuador Connecticut wrappers and purchase award-winning tobacco that would eventually turn out to exceed even their expectations. If there has ever been a company that believes in the magic of “Small Batch Production,” this is it.


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The Cigar

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