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 knew 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, 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.
The cigar has a dark wrapper with noticeable oils and a smooth feel. It has a hearty, rugged appearance with a rich pre-light smell at the foot. There are hints of smoke and hickory from the wrapper and foot.
1st quarter: Once the Kentucky Fire Cured was lit, you immediately get a balance of smoky, hickory and woody textures with a touch of spice that quickly develop through the nose and linger on the palate. An effortless draw produced generous amounts of smoke with spice through the nose. 2nd quarter: The smokier flavors seemed to subside in favor of a light roasted texture. There was plenty of smoke in the air along with a great aroma. Its smooth texture gave off a light body and mild flavors with some complexity. 3rd quarter: While it required a quick touch up, the hearty wrapper was unscathed. It was immediately back on track with sweet flavors and noticeable light spices in the nose and on the palate. A medium full body began to build into the end of this portion of the cigar. 4th quarter: Flavor has increased, with creaminess and lots of delicious smoke filling the surrounding air. While big earthy, tobacco and hickory notes returned, cedar and earthy notes dominated the palate.
The Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured is a complex cigar with great flavor and balance that was easy on the palate. It has a full body with a long finish and good character, very rich in flavor and aroma. Overall it has a very solid construction and is a pleasure to smoke and enjoy.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: Seven Grand Downtown LA.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Size: 6” x 52.