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#NowSmoking: Drew Estate 20 Acre Farm
#NowSmoking: Drew Estate 20 Acre Farm Cigar Review (Video)
20 Acre Farm – Cigar Details:
Factory: La Gran Fábrica Drew Estate, Nicaragua
Size: (6” x 52) Toro
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut Shade
Binder: Honduras Sun Grown Habano
Filler: Nicaragua Esteli/Jalapa & U.S. Florida Sun Grown
Presented in boxes of 20 cigars
20 Acre Farm Backstory
When you’ve got Willy Herrera in the blending room, magic tends to unfold. Willy’s known for producing complex, full-bodied blends that rake in the accolades—namely Drew Estate’s Herrera Esteli series. He’s taken a mellower approach with Drew Estate’s latest: the Connecticut Shade-wrapped 20 Acre Farm. Just don’t expect it to be some milquetoast yardgar. Under that Connecticut hood, there’s Florida Sun Grown tobaccos harvested from a (you guessed it) 20-acre farm located in Clermont, Florida, along with punchier tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua.
The Florida farm is operated by cigar retailer, Jeff Borysiewicz, who said in a press release, “As a premium cigar retailer for more than 20 years, I can’t wait to offer 20 Acre Farm to my customers and I’m looking forward to hearing what other premium tobacconists think of the cigar.”
Good news, Jeff. You’re about to find out.
That being said…let’s dig into our cigar review of Drew Estate’s 20 Acre Farm. If you’ve smoked it, be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below!
The Basics at-a-Glance
Construction: Slightly veiny, but mostly smooth. Large cap, and a buttery golden brown hue.
Cold Draw: Dried fruit and a hint of ginger.
Base flavors: Cedar, graham cracker, vanilla, spices, and white pepper.
Aroma: Mostly nutty.
Burn & Ash: Excellent. No touch-ups or issues.
20 Acre Farm Cigar Review – Part 1
My first few puffs of 20 Acre Farm are really smooth. They’re predominantly laced with flavors of cedar and graham cracker. I’m also getting some hints of cinnamon and a distinct note of orange peel—neither stick around long enough to list as base flavors. As far as pepper and spice, the cigar is notably bolder than most Connecticuts I’ve come across—even contemporary blends that have focused, in recent years, on making them stronger.
20 Acre Farm Cigar Review – Part 2
A few more inches down and there’s a sweet layer of vanilla joining the cedar and graham cracker. I still taste that cinnamon popping up occasionally, too. The spices are warm, inviting, and keep my taste buds entertained. So far, right down the middle of medium-bodied. One problem a lot of Connecticuts have is that they need a little time in the humidor to round out. 20 Acre Farm doesn’t seem to have this problem. It’s not as leathery or unrefined in its flavor, nor is it nearly as bitter. It’s making a good case to an occasional morning cigar.
20 Acre Farm Cigar Review – Part 3
Here in the final third, the 20 Acre Farm is at its sweetest yet. Not much has changed as far as flavor, but it’s smooth, creamy, and balances just enough white pepper and salty spices to keep my mouth watering. I’d even venture to say that this is one of the most memorable Connecticuts I’ve had since Saka’s Brulee. It’s almost what I’d expect a Brulee to taste like if it were bolder.
What beverage pairs well with 20 Acre Farm cigars?
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Are 20 Acre Farm cigars worth smoking?
Willy swings and once again drives far past the fences. The Connecticut renaissance of the last 10 years has certainly been welcome all-around. But a few notable names have shined brighter than others. Drew Estate 20 Acre Farms has joined the club. And while they certainly aren’t prohibitively priced, the cigars are a bit higher than average. But well worth the buy-in to me.