Drew Estate releases two Herrera Esteli Lanceros. Both the Herrera Esteli Habano and the Herrera Esteli Connecticut Broadleaf Lancero will debut soon. Both as a limited edition for the Drew Diplomat program participants. American Drew Estate fans complain about having to hunt down special international releases such as the Bauhaus and the ‘year of’ cigars for the Asian market. But many other offerings such as the Pappy van Winkle, Liga Privada 10 Anniversario, and other rare releases aren’t available internationally. That includes these two Herrera Esteli Lanceros.
The 7×38 Lancero format is a vitola that is notoriously difficult to make. Even in the large Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, only four teams of bunchero y rollera are qualified to make this thin, long, and elegant cigar. It takes expertise, skill, and years of practice to be able to roll a lancero. The thin ring gauge does not allow any mistakes. One misplaced piece of tobacco creates a problem in either the draw of the flavor.
The vitola is also difficult to smoke. It takes skill to smoke it at the right speed. Too slow means relighting, which does affect the flavor. Smoking it too fast creates a very hot cigar. And the spike in temperature makes the cigar turn bitter. But if you master the skill to smoke a lancero, you’ll get the best a blend can offer.
Willy Herrera, Master Blender of Drew Estate, says from the El Titan de Bronze factory in Little Havana, “The Lancero size is the one vitola where you get to experience the real essence of a cigar’s blend and savor the truest taste of all of the cigar’s individual components. In larger sizes, where there is proportionally more binder and filler leaf in the blend, a wrapper’s flavor profile might be masked a little bit. A Lancero brings out the intensity of all the tobaccos’ flavor. I always prefer to smoke a Lancero when I can, and I wanted to make sure fans of Herrera Estelí could enjoy the same experience.”
The Herrera Estelí Habano Lancero is made using a flavorful Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Honduran Habano binder, and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The medium-bodied cigars are sweet and spicy with cedarwood notes. The Herrera Estelí Connecticut Broadleaf Lancero is composed of exceptional higher priming of Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that Drew Estate reserves throughout the year exclusively for this cigar, a bold Brazilian Mata Fina, and rich Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The blend offers a smoking experience that’s spicy, elegant, and smooth.
Jonathan Drew, Drew Estate Founder and President, adds from the Wynwood Safehouse, “Lanceros are certainly not as popular as large ring gauge cigars, but they have a cult following amongst the most educated cigar geeks who love majestic capa leaf, what I call the ‘oro’ of the plant. Everyone knows that Willy blends spectacular Lanceros.”
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