At the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas we caught up with Willy Herrera and he talked about the latest incarnation of the Herrera Esteli line.
The Herrera Esteli Miami marks the first time a Drew Estate cigar has been blended and rolled at the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami. The blend has been adjusted, using tobaccos available at El Titan de Bronze.
The cigars are available in 10 count boxes, one vitola (Corona Larga), and production is limited to 4,000 boxes.
Check out our interview with Willy Herrera at IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas:
Check out my video review here:
The nose on the Herrera Esteli Miami was a rich, sweet, leathery, spicy cedar and a light barnyard off the wrapper. I couldn’t pick up anything new out of the foot.
Using a Xikar v-cut on the cap, the draw was perfect. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a cigar rolled out of El Titan de Bronze.
My first few draws produce some sweetness, some spicy undertones, and trailing cedar that leaves me with a bit of dry mouthfeel. The retrohale is wonderfully rich and spicy with a trailing chocolate note. I do get some trailing leather on the post draw. As the first third settles in the flavors combine together for a fantastic medley with a great creaminess on the retrohale. The spicy cedar does drop in intensity at the halfway point of the first third. Down from a medium strength to about a light plus.
The spices continue to drop in intensity, and by the middle third they’ve fallen almost to a background flavor. The retrohale still consists of a great creamy chocolate. This cigar definitely has a step up in body from the regular Herrera Esteli line.
Some hay starts to come through as the cigar moves into the last third, with the drying cedar coming back.
The cedar picks up significantly in intensity to become a creamy cedar. The chocolate has fallen in strength significantly, and there’s a significant drying mouthfeel in the post draw.
Total smoking time 1 hour and 37 minutes.
The Herrera Esteli Miami is a spectacular blend. If you’re already a fan of the Herrera Esteli line, this is a release you’ll want to make a priority on your buying list.
I’m a big fan of cigars being available in a 10 count box, as it makes the choice of a box buy more approachable for the average cigar smoker.