Smoke Inn is back with another addition to their popular Microblend Series, a collection of cigars that have been custom-blended in small batches by the industry’s leading manufacturers. Created in 2010 as an effort to mimic the quality and “craft” atmosphere that microbreweries have cultivated in the US, Smoke Inn has teamed up with the biggest names in the industry: Tatuaje, Padrón, My Father, Arturo Fuente, Room101, Quesada, Epinosa, Illusione, and now Drew Estate. This is somewhat of a milestone for the series, marking the 10th release.
As expected, the cigar has been blended by Willy Herrera, whom Drew Estate named as their Master Blender in 2014. The cigar uses tobaccos very similar to their Undercrown line, with Herrera stating, “This cigar will appeal to fans of our other maduro blends, including Undercrown, Nica Rustica, MUWAT, and Liga Privada.”
Upon its announcement, the cigar has been known for its unusual title: The Pope of Greenwich Village (pronounced gren-ich). Sharing the name (and similar design) with the 1984 film based in Greenwich Village, NY, its an area familiar to Drew Estate founders Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel. Much of the Drew Estate culture has been inspired from their hometown of Manhattan.
The Pope of Greenwich Village Breakdown
- Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
- Binder: Connecticut Stalk-Cut Habano
- Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina & Nicaraguan
- Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate (Nicaragua)
- Production: Limited Edition
- Vitola: 6″ x 40 Panatela
- Price: $8.50
Panatela, not a common size in the American market, and a 1st in the Microblend Series; in fact it’s the thinnest cigar in the series by a long shot! And while 60+ ring gauges have been the trend over the last few years, it does seem like more delicate and thin vitolas may be making a comeback. At 6″ x 40, the cigar sits right between a lancero and a corona, and looks and feels great in your hand. A rather flat, two-tone band may be the perfect compliment to the cigar’s fantastic construction/appearance. Really, it’s tough to imagine a better looking cigar! It’s solid, straight, slightly oily, and lightly fuzzy on the surface.
With a clean cut, the pre-draw shows notes of berries, having a nice, medium+ resistance. On the nose you’ll find earth, citrus, and musk. The first few puffs are bitter, but with a little nursing, the smoke takes shape. Bitterness transitions to earth, which eventually shows some sweetness in the form of blueberries & cream. And after the initial sweetness on each puff, the cigar makes itself known as a dry-textured smoke. This is not a bad quality, just different than a typical DE maduro.
The cigar has a perfect draw, in my opinion, with a resistance just past medium. The burn line is slightly wavy but never uncontrollable and there is a good amount of smoke on each puff (though not nearly as much as your average Liga). Flavors become more rounded passing the 2/3 point, with a full body of coffee sweetness, sugared dough, and an earthy, vegetable quality to give it some dimension. There is also a nice, zesty spice in the retrohale, it is not overpowering and compliments the smoke very well.
Passing the halfway point, the flavors bring back a bitter quality, with an added dose of body and strength. Here, there are flavors of dark cherry, bitter coffee, dry oak, dark (bitter) chocolate, and earthy squash. Though, there is still an underlying sweetness until the very end.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
Most definitely, I absolutely love the size and the flavors are complex. With a killer price point for a limited cigar ($8.50) I would recommend buying the full bundle of 10.
- Perfect draw
- Impeccable construction
- Nice complexity/evolution
- Occasionally bitter flavors
- May be too similar to other DE maduros