Drew Estate Cigars
Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve in Robusto Grande by Drew Estate Cigars

Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5.52
Gauge: 52

Wrapper: Kentucky Tapa Negra, Mexican San Andres
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan Kentucky
Blender/Creator: Willy Hererra
Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
Country: Nicaragua
Purchase Source: Ralph Larson
Date Purchased: November 3, 2018
Price: Gift
Date Smoked: October 10, 2023
Quantity: 1

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve in Robusto Grande by Drew Estate Cigars


What? Are you Kidding? Those were my first thoughts. Not what I was expecting although others have told me so.

I hope that Sumo Ralph is storing these separately from the rest of his cigars.

Cold Draw: Smoked Charred Wood, this is a firmly packed cigar.

My punch-cut created draws with just the correct amount of resistance if ever so slightly on the tighter side; we’ll see how this cigar heats up. So far it reminds me of smoking baked beans and gritty earth.

Duh, this cigar should be paired with a Smokey-Bourbon. I’m at the halfway point and not much has changed since the beginning.

I’ve been waiting patiently to reach the barrel-fermented wrapper. It smells like a campfire in my corner of the cigar lounge.

#NotForMe #TrickCigar
If I had to choose between the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve and the Drew Estate Pappy Van Winkle Tradition, I’d have to go with the Tradition.

Stay Smokey
Stay Chill

The Experience

Ash: Even
Draw: Perfect
Smoke Output: Thick
Flavor: Earthy
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium
Finish: Long
Value: Poor
Overall Rating (1-5): 3

The Cigar

Chocolate: 2
Coffee: 3
Cream: 3
Earthy: 3
Leather: 3
Pepper: 1