The Herrera Esteli Cigar brand was added to the Drew Estate portfolio in 2013 to broad acclaim. Blender and master cigar maker at El Titan de Bronze, Willie Herrera, left El Titan in 2011 and was soon-after added to the Drew Estate team as Master Blender. His first action with DE was to blend a cigar that had a Cubanesque vibe to it, a type of cigar Drew Estate was lacking from its portfolio. That cigar was the Herrera Esteli, which was released with five sizes. In December 2013, Drew Estate announced there would be a 6th size, a limited release, added to the Herrera Esteli line, a 7″ x 38 lancero—the Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada 2014. The production run for this cigar was limited to 2,000 boxes of 15, or 30,000 sticks.

HE Edicion Limitada 2014 Lancero Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Honduran
  • Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa & Esteli)
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate (Estelí, Nicaragua)
  • Production: Limited to 2,000 boxes of 15 cigars
  • Vitola: 7 ½” x 38 Lancero
  • Price: $12

The wrapper is a flat looking Colorado Maduro color, with a number of fine veins and tight seams. The aroma off the foot and wrapper are of cedar and hay. The cigar can be purchased, if you can still find them, from $12 up, depending on your local state tobacco tax.

Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada 2014 cigar review

Would I smoke this cigar again?

Without a doubt. When I put my “Smokin’ Cubans Alla Vella” list of my top cigars of 2014 on Twitter, this cigar topped that list. I see a few places still have them available, so make the effort to smoke one before they are all gone, Dojo Nation. Well worth the effort in my opinion.



So until next time, Dojo Mojo, Ya’ll!!

Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada 2014 Lancero Cigar Review and Rating

Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada 2014 Lancero
This is an extremely well balanced cigar, but it doesn’t have a great deal of transitions to its flavor profile. There is a good amount of white pepper sharpness initially that tails off as the cigar burns but never really disappears completely. I found it to have a relatively salty foundation, with buttery, creamy overtones. There is a cedar back-note, with flashes of nutmeg early on and milk chocolate later in the smoke. Overall, it is creamy deliciousness through and through. Strength is a good medium, that may reach medium-full by the band point.
Appearance98%
Burn/Construction95%
Draw80%
Flavor100%
Complexity90%
Price/Value92%
Pros
  • Consistently rich, vibrant flavors
  • Burn rate is excellent
  • Superb construction
Cons
  • Tends to heat up quickly
93%Salty sweet butter
Reader Rating: (3 Votes)
93%
  • Jmac

    There is already a lancero in this blend so what makes it a “Limitada” other than the additional label, which by the way, you don’t smoke. Sounds like marketing and I never smoke marketing and wouldn’t shill for it either. Disclosure: Herrerra Esteli is the only Drew Estate Cigar that I consider a true cigar, and I smoke them, at least for now. Have to see what Swisher does for–or against the brand. Just my opinion.

    • There actually isn’t/wasn’t a lancero in the Herrera Estelí lineup. A lonsdale, sure, but not a lancero…

  • Looks like an overall great smoke. The flavor combination sounds interesting if not exactly for me personally. Thanks so much for sharing!