The Drew Estate story is one of daring, heartbreak and success; but, most of all, it is a story of passion for cigars and the country of Nicaragua, where they have been making cigars since 1998.
Jonathan Drew & Marvin Samel are not your average cigar makers – their story does not start in Cuba or with fathers in the cigar business. It started simply with a dream and through their can-do spirit and never-say-die attitude, they made Drew Estate one of the premier cigar manufacturers in the world.
The two frat brothers from New York started out small…. as in a 16 square foot retail kiosk in the World Trade Center in New York City. In late 1998, Jonathan Drew moved to Esteli, Nicaragua with the hopes of starting a rebirth in the cigar world. While back in Brooklyn, Marvin held down the fort. For a year or so, things were bleak… but they were on to something and continued to persevere. In July of 2007, La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate was created. It is one of the most impressive cigar factories in all Central America. This is a cigar factory measuring over 96,000 sq. feet – it is the largest cigar factory in Nicaragua and one of the five largest premium cigar factories in the world. La Gran Fabrica factory makes 94,000 handmade cigars a day and it is a reflection of both who Jonathan and Marvin have become as well as what Drew Estate means.
“El Brujito” literally means “Witch Doctor,” or to the locals “the Shaman.” This cigar has a dark and toothy wrapper with a rustic appearance. There are noticeable veins and a good amount of oil on the wrapper as well. It has a very nice pigtail cap and while there were some small areas of discoloring throughout the wrapper, it did not take away from nor impact the burn. Once cut, there was a slightly sweet pre-light aroma and a stronger sweetness in the cold draw –very aromatic with earth and cocoa tones.
While starting off with a nice smooth draw, the Nica Rustica has a full flavor right away. Once lit, it turned creamy and sweet on my palate. I was amazed by the amount of aroma that the Nica Rustica was giving off, complemented by big and rich clouds of full-flavored smoke. Puffing right along, I was introduced to a bit of cedar and earthiness. The sweetness that then followed closely resembles that of an Undercrown, but it was still a nice crossover. Later, the cigar gave off lots of spice in the nose and it lingered on my palate as well. It has a very solid construction with an even burn that held a long ash.
The Nica Rustica El Brujito cigar has big character with a full flavor profile and a body to equal it. Overall, it is medium strength with great complexity of flavors – heavy tobacco and wood notes that all develop into its rich character. This is a well made cigar that is enjoyable to smoke every day.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 45 minutes.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf.
Binder: Mexican San Andreas Negro.
Size: 6” x 52.