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Drew Estate Nirvana

Drew Estate Nirvana

Brand: Drew Estate and Royal Gold Cigars

Wrapper:  Cameroon

Binder:  Mexican San Andrés Negra

Filler:  Nicaragua (Jalapa Valley and Estelí)

Strength: Full

Size: Toro 6×52

Price: $10.85

Produced in Drew Estaste’s La Gran Fabrica in Esteli, Nicaragua. The wrapper is Cameroon but the stick I smoked didn’t have a particularly oily wrapper of other Cameroons. A sweet tobacco sent escapes the wrapper. From the cold draw I get a light pepper taste. The construction of the cigar is top notch, as you would expect from Drew Estate. The band is on the bigger side, with gold foil done elegantly with a mural of La Gran Fabrica. There is also a smaller gold band at the bottom of the stick with Drew Estate’s logo printed on the inside.

Drew Estate Nirvana

First puffs–  I  get a white pepper taste that hits immediately. There is also a bit of cedar that bolsters the flavor profile. The draw on this cigar is light and the smoke production is heavy for about the first third.
First third– The stronger pepper taste has mellowed some and given way to a stronger cedar taste. There is also a bit of sweetness to it. This cigar is light and very enjoyable so far, perfect for a mid-morning smoke.
Second third– The strong cedar taste continues to dominate this cigar, but a hint of bourbon is creeping in at the end of each draw. The light pepper taste remains as an undertone. The pull remains easy, although the smoke level has decreased quite a bit.

Nirvana Smoked

Final third– The pepper taste returns to a more dominant role and the bourbon taste has subsided. The cedar taste remains constant. This cigar burned even the whole way down to the nub.

Overall I really enjoyed this cigar. As I said before it is a great smoke for late mornings. I also think this would be a great choice for a new cigar smoker. I will probably keep a couple of these on hand for both situations. This is a very different offering for Drew Estate, but I think they pulled it off well and made a great stick.

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