This Drew Estate Nica Rustica El Brujito came to me from Johnny Brooke at Drew Estate. He was kind enough to send me a cigar to sample and review. Not long after reviewing the Nica Rustica I purchased a bundle Corona Cigar Co. in Orlando, Florida on a recent trip.
This cigar kicks off the first in my ‘best of 2014’review list for Non Cuban cigars.
Careful nosing here reveals rich fermented tobacco, cedar, spices and a hint of coffee and chocolate. It’s not often that I find this much going on before lighting up and I spent a great deal of time carefully examining the Nica Rustica.
The Nica Rustica El Brujito sports a closed shaggy foot with a pig tail cap. The cigar measures 6” by 52 ring gauge in the toro vitola. First featured introcued at the Las Vegas IPCPR in 2013, and released in late 2013.
El Brujito means “Witch Doctor” or, to the locals of Esteli, Nicaragua, “the Shaman”. The El Brujito symbol was carved into stone over 6,000 years ago.
The flavors here are cedar, with a complex sweetness. The sweetness starts out with low strength and builds in intensity with each draw. As the first third establishes itself I’m able to taste a subtle leather flavor coming through post-draw.
At the halfway point of the first third I’m tasting an earthy moss combination post-draw.
Sweetness and hay going into the second third. I start to get some raisins a few minutes in and some cedar with indistinguishable dried wood coming through on the post-draw.
Largely earthy notes with more raisin and dried fruit in the last third. The sweet fruit flavors and earth balance each other out nicely.
As the last third winds down there is cedar, dried earth with the sweet fruit flavors falling to a very subtle background strength.
Great draw with excellent smoke production, which is no surprise given the manufacturer. The Nica Rustica had a nice clean burn from start to finish with a tight ash. Total smoking time was just a hair over the 2 hour mark.
Singles of the Nica Rustica will only run you $7. A 5-pack is around the $32 mark. You can also get these in a bundle of 25 for around $135 which is an outstanding value.
You won’t find the Nica Rustica El Brujito as complex as any of the Liga Privada line but it is a very enjoyable cigar. I’m looking forward to some warmer weather so I can revisit this review and enjoy another Nica Rustica. At the price they’re going for, you should absolutely pick some up to try for yourself.