Drew Estate Cigars
Norteno Robusto Grande by Drew Estate

Vitola: Robusto Grande
Length: 5.5
Gauge: 54

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Nicaraguan Esteli, Jalapa
Blender/Creator: Willy Herrera
Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
Country: Nicaragua
Purchase Source: Edward Wong
Date Purchased: December 23, 2019
Price: Gift
Date Smoked: September 14, 2022
Quantity: 1

Norteno Robusto Grande by Drew Estate

COVID-19 Day 906:
 Drew Estate, Mexican San Andres, Nicaragua, Norteno, Robusto Grande,  It’s hard to believe that today was my first time with this Norteño in Robusto Grande by Drew Estate. I don’t know how I avoided smoking it all these years… Today’s the day!

Once lit, through a very open draw (I’ve been kinda on the extreme end of dry boxing my cigars lately due to some burning issues. This seems to solve the challenge so far) come tasty earthy tobacco flavors of dark black coffee and chocolate somewhere in the background… with a retrohale of spicy pepper and something floral or perfume in the mix too.

The burn is razor sharp to match the flawless draw as you can see on the image to the right.

An hour in and I’m at the halfway point. The tobacco flavors are pretty much the same except for “More”… more chocolate flavors are starting to come through and maybe even some malty tobacco flavors… the retrohale definitely lets you know it’s there.

This was a real gem and a pleasure to smoke. I’ve got another one that’s been incubating in the TupperDor for quite a bit, so I think next time I won’t be so intense about the Dry Boxing and see what the difference is… today’s specimen was a little dry, so we’ll see if that makes a difference.

Smoke Time: 2 Hours

Until next time…
Stay Smoky
Stay Chill

The Experience

Smoke Output:
Overall Rating (1-5):

The Cigar

Chocolate: 2
Coffee: 3
Cream: 3
Earthy: 4
Grass/Hay: 2
Leather: 2
Pepper: 1