The Rebirth of Cigars began with two frat brothers in a warehouse office in one of New York City's premier arts districts. Twenty years later, ACID Cigars are a fan favorite - and have changed the way people think about premium cigars.
ACID Cigars are the groundbreaking smokes that put Drew Estate on the map. Nicaraguan long fillers are imbued with various herbs, spices, botanicals, and essential oils through a process that remains a closely guarded secret after more than 20 years. By combining different infusion recipes with various tobacco wrapper leaves and rolling them to different shapes and sizes, Drew Estate has changed the way people enjoy premium cigars.
Drew Estate combines traditional premium cigar rolling with modern blending to create ACID, intensely aromatic pleasure with a 100% premium tobacco core. There are now 7 types - or formulas - of ACID, and the flavor experience varies far and wide from infusion to infusion... you're not going to find another cigar like these. If you're the type of person who likes a smoking experience that is beyond ordinary - ACID is ready to deliver the adventure you're looking for.
That depends on your tastes - because it's like asking, what's the best beer? It depends: do you like a porter with thick and sweet flavors, or a hop-monster IPA that bombs your taste buds with bitter spices? If you want the best ACID, taste them and see, says Jonathan Drew: "We can't divulge too much about what our ACID cigars taste like. The fun part about smoking cigars is deciding what flavors and notes YOU taste while you're smoking."
Because of the different combinations of wrapper leaf and infusions, the flavor experience of each ACID cigar is unique. And that's why people love them, regardless of their level of cigar experience. Some people prefer a more aromatic cigar: the addition of herbs, spices, and essential oils to the tobacco make the smoking experience more interesting for beginners. Some cigar smokers prefer the more natural tobacco flavors and aromas of ACIDâ€™s less infused blends. Even experienced cigar smokers include ACIDs in their cigar rotation.
This ACID flavor chart shows every cigar in the ACID lineup at Famous Smoke Shop, 27 options in all. Start in the center to see our basic notes that distinguish each type of infusion, classified by the color-coded cigar bands; each color group is then divided up by the individual cigars' names, along with size, intensity/body, and the wrapper leaf used on the cigar. Then pick and buy ACID cigars online at discount prices here at Famous Smoke Shop!
What Do the Colors Mean on ACID Cigars? Each ACID color represents the strength and type of infusion. Theyâ€™re individual expressions meant to expand your palate and your senses. Look at the cigar band to help you choose:
A captivating union of fine cigar tobaccos and aromatic blending. These are the sweetest ACID cigars; ACID Blue band are also the most popular, with the highly renowned Kuba Kuba and Blondie favored by beginners and experienced cigar smokers alike. Mellow to medium in strength, and available in the widest variety of wrapper options.
Hearty Nicaraguan tobaccos treated to complex, aromatic hybrids. The ACID Purple band blends, like Plush and Croqueta, are thick with powerhouse botanicals; the result is a fuller-bodied and super-complex smoke that focuses on both flavor and fragrance, with a layer of delicate spice.
Drew Estate's ACID Anniversary cigar! ACID 20 proudly shows its Nicaraguan roots, opting for a more delicate infusion and a tobacco flavor-forward taste. This is a well-balanced smoke with a light aroma that's friendly to more traditional premium cigar smokers.
Served without a sweetened cap, ACID Red is a potent mash-up of fuller-bodied Nicaraguan tobaccos and bold black tobaccos. It's a rich combo that begs to be infused with the heaviest aromatics, resulting in the Krush Red band to smoke with an intense fragrance.
The ACID Subculture series, made up of small batch and limited edition blends, shapes and sizes. Because these ACID Orange band cigars use well-aged tobaccos and experimental infusions, no two Subculture series offerings are alike. Extra aging allows the botanicals to bloom into a well-balanced smoke.
The Gold band ACID cigars - such as Cold Infusion and Blondie Gold - are treated to a lighter, more refreshing infusion, allowing the wrappers and core tobaccos to reveal more of their complex character. This interplay of natural aromas with the Gold infusion produces a smooth, nuanced smoke.
Even though they're grouped into these distinct lines, every ACID is a smoking experience as unique as its size, shape and infusion. The only way to "get" ACID cigars is to smoke each one!
ACID cigars are rolled, banded and boxed in a separate area of Drew Estate's Nicaragua factory. It's done this way because the powerful herbs, essential oils and spices used to infuse ACID cigars can easily transfer their flavors to other tobaccos that weren't meant to have that kind of flavor.
The botanicals from your infused cigars will quickly marry with the other cigars in your humidor at home, too... so we advise you to store ACID cigars in a humidor of their own, separate from your traditional premiums. If you really want to play it safe, only store the same ACID infusions together (storing Blues with Blues, and Reds with Reds) to control the marrying effect.
If you do decide to designate a cigar humidor at home "For ACID Only" - remember that in addition to moisture, the wood inside can absorb the flavors of the infusion, too. If you switch back to holding traditional cigars in that infused humidor, don't be surprised if they take on the botanical taste left behind by your ACIDs.
Keep your ACID cigars fresh in their own humidor.
Acid cigars are handmade in Esteli, Nicaragua at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate; all feature choice Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos in a selection of wrappers that include Connecticut, Sumatra, Cameroon, Candela and Broadleaf.
Each Acid cigar is infused with a recipe of premium quality ingredients selected from nearly 150 herbs, spices, botanicals and essences; but the process of how it's done is a closely-guarded secret. And that secret is what makes ACID cigars different - many have tried, but no one has hacked the "blend" behind ACID's unique infusion process.
ACID infused cigars are not flavored cigars - they're handmade with prime long filler tobaccos and high-grade wrappers that have been infused with all-natural herbs, oils and essences through Drew Estate's proprietary process. Flavored cigars often include tobaccos that have been sprayed or dipped in natural or artificial flavors like fruit, berries, bourbon, rum, cognac, vanilla or honey.
You can, but you may find that extra aging doesn't matter: the tobaccos inside infused cigars are already aged, so they're ready to smoke when you buy them. What you might notice, however, is that the intensity of the infusion may begin to fade if you wait any longer than six months to enjoy them, or if theyâ€™re not properly humidified.
The ACID name came from Scott "ACID" Chester, a neighborhood artist who shared a work space with Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel in Brooklyn's DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood. Proficient with mixed industrial, urban, graffiti and motorcycle art, Scott was the source for the subculture aesthetic that informed Drew Estate's "rebirth of cigars" vibe.