Cigar Review: Drew Estate Pope of Greenwich Village (Smoke Inn Microblend)

Cigar Review: Drew Estate Pope of Greenwich Village (Smoke Inn Microblend)

Drew Estate Cigars / Smoke Inn Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres)
Binder: USA (Connecticut Stalk-Cut Habano)
Filler: Brazil (Mata Fina) & Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 40
Strength: medium-full to full
Price: $8.50

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Overall Rating: 9.3

Smoke Inn’s latest Microblend is coming to shelves soon, and we were given the chance to try it a bit early. Like all of recent releases in the Microblend series, and (for that matter) all recent Drew Estate releases, it is a cigar that is going to be much talked about and sought after by cigar enthusiasts. When questioned about the new release,  Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn Cigars stated, “I’m very excited to have my friends at Drew Estate joining us in Smoke Inn’s Microblend Series. Drew Estate’s new Microblend has been a long time coming, but it was worth the wait. They really delivered with the “Pope of Greenwich Village’. This is a great cigar, meaty, earthy and tasty. I’m sure they’ll sell out quick, so make sure to grab your preferred before it’s too late.”

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Pre-light: A deep red band with a gold papal mitre on it stands out against a dark Mexican San Andres wrapper. The wrapper leaf is very smooth and lacks any excessively prominent veins. Despite an oily sheen to the wrapper, the cigar feels dry to the touch. This is an incredibly good looking cigar.

There is a sweet earth and barnyard aroma to the San Andres maduro wrapper that covers the Pope of Greenwich Village. Scents of cocoa, hay, raisins and a hard to name meatiness can all be detected off the unlit foot of the cigar. The cold draw is smooth and easy, and allows through flavors of earth and cocoa.

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Burn: The burn on the Pope of Greenwich Village is near razor sharp from start to finish. A smooth draw (that is somewhere between that of a Liga #9 and an Undercrown) lets through a good amount of flavorful smoke. There is a chocolate brownie aroma that comes from the smoke of the burning cigar, making the Pope of Greenwich Village a great cigar for smoking inside a cigar bar or lounge.

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Flavor: Initially, the Pope of Greenwich Village has a fair amount of sweetness, followed by cedar, spice, nuts and mild pepper. There’s a sweet earthy base to the cigar that gives the other flavors something to build on. The retrohale starts off with a lot of pepper, but it quickly dies down to a spice and pepper mix that is quite enjoyable. The transition to the second third sees a build in cocoa and chocolate flavors. Notes of leather, almonds, cedar and spice all occur during the second third of the Pope of Greenwich Village. There is something about the flavors in the second and final third that calls to mind images of the autumn I spent growing up in New York, and it makes me wish the cigar didn’t have to end. At the transition to the final third there is a flavor like salted pumpkin seeds that occurs for a brief period before disappearing. The spice picks up towards the end of the Pope of Greenwich Village, and it is joined by flavors of cedar, leather, dried leaves, cocoa and pepper.

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Overall: The Pope of Greenwich Village is a spectacular cigar. The small ring gauge lets a complex mix of earth, leather, cedar, cocoa, spice and pepper really shine. It is a well constructed medium-full to full bodied cigar with a unique mix of flavors that makes for a superior smoking experience. It may be the best cigar released in the Smoke Inn Microblend Series. Fans of Drew Estate Cigars will really enjoy the Pope of Greenwich Village. Personally, I loved this cigar, and can’t say enough good things about it. Though I like and enjoy several Drew Estate Cigars, I’ve never been one of those people that goes nuts for their latest releases…until now. It is a truly impressive release that I personally plan on stocking up on while I can. I suggest you to the same.

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Pairing: A cup of dark coffee or espresso are the best choices for pairing with the Drew Estate Pope of Greenwich Village. This is one of those cigars that pairs well with a large range of beverages, so it’s worth experimenting. Personally, I would avoid pairing the Pope of Greenwich Village with a peaty single malt scotch, so as not to drown out some of the subtler flavors that occur in the cigar.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

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