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:

 

Vitola: Corona Larga

Size:  5-3/8” x 48 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro

Binder:  Ecuadorian Sumatra

Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One each

Price Point: $8.00 - $10.00 Estimated MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Manufacturer’s Samples

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.

 

“The Herrera Esteli Miami is a spectacular blend.”

 

 

Check out my video review here:

 

Review: 

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.

 

Surgeon’s Rating:  91 AKA “Box Split”

Views: 474

Comment by Doug on August 16, 2016 at 7:52am

Sounds like I need to be one of the 4,000 box owners.  ;)

Great review! 

Comment by Jeff LaPlante on August 16, 2016 at 7:55am
My wallet is taking a beating lately. Great review Surgeon! Can't wait to pick some of these up.
Comment by Stefan Lindblad on August 16, 2016 at 10:31am
Great review. I'm hoping to snag a box.

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Comment by Matt Ross on August 16, 2016 at 10:32am

This is one from the show that I haven't smoked yet, but I can't wait - have heard such great stuff.

Comment by Stefan Lindblad on August 16, 2016 at 10:35am
Any idea when these will hit the shelves?
Comment by Jason Zahner on August 16, 2016 at 12:45pm
Great review!
Comment by shadowbates on August 16, 2016 at 4:18pm
Damn you John and your great reviews - can't wait to try one (or several)
Comment by MillerMan on August 16, 2016 at 8:01pm
No kidding Bates, my wish list is getting longer by the day, still working on last years
Comment by Sam C. on August 16, 2016 at 8:32pm
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