The Herrera Esteli is the first cigar by Willy Herrera in conjunction with Drew Estate. Jonathan Drew gave Willy a blank canvas and the Herrera Esteli was born.
The medium-full cigar was inspired by Willy’s extensive Cuban background. The short corona comes in at 4.7″ x 46. It’s a fairly quick (35-45 mins) smoke but an enjoyable one for those times you need a stick but don’t have a lot of time. Some quick facts:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
One thing to note is the absolute perfection of construction. This stick burns beautifully and requires zero touchups or relights. This is a welcoming feature since I’ve had trouble with that lately. The draw started out a bit firm but once it warmed up it opened up beautifully.
Smoke output was perfect. This doesn’t ooze smoke quite like a Liga but its a smoker.
Flavors on this aren’t the most complex but they’re nice and smooth. You’ll get a good amount of cream, spice, white pepper, and nuttyness. I’ve smoked a few of these in different sizes and this ones strength didn’t bother me. I’ve had other sizes that hit me a bit (this could be the result of many reasons…did I smoke on an empty stomach or can I handle stronger sticks because of my recent dabble in Cubans) but the reality is it’s a solid smoke thats a nice change of pace from some of the darker sticks I enjoy.
I would go so far as to say this is a great cigar for the summertime. It has a great summer profile and one that I definitely recommend trying out.