Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive

Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive

Drew Estate Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Binder: Brazil (Mata Fina)
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 52
Strength: medium-full to full
Price: $12.00

Overall Rating: 9.2

Drew Estate has built their reputation on broadleaf tobacco with the Liga Privada. So what happens when Willy Herrera uses broadleaf for the first time since joining Drew Estate? The Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive, a full bodied and flavorful cigar that makes good use of the both Connecticut Broadleaf and Brazilian Mata Fina tobaccos to create a mix of earth and sweetness. Drew Estate fans are sure to snap this cigar the second it hits the shelves, and it’s actually good enough to justify it.

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Pre-Light: With it’s very dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and a red, white and gold band, the Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive really stands out on store shelves. The Broadleaf wrapper is dark, oily, has plenty of tooth and has some medium sized veins.

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The Connecticut wrapper of the Herrera Esteli TAA has a mix of earth, leather and spice aromas to it. From the foot there’s a blend of earth and spice aromas. The cold draw allows through flavors of earth, cinnamon, leather and spice notes.

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Burn: The Herrera Esteli TAA is an even burning cigar with a great draw. An impressive looking white ash clings firmly to the cigar. Around the burn line there are moments when the wrapper looks like it may burst, but it never does and does not effect the burn.

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Flavor: There are some great flavors right from the start with the Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive. Taking no time to get going, there is a mix of earthiness from the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and sweetness from the Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper. The first third is a mix of earth, cedar, spice, oak, cedar, meatiness and an interesting fruity note that reminds me of blueberries. Earth, coffee, leather and spice notes are all noticeable on the retrohale. During the second third the flavor remain much the same with earth, spice, cedar, coffee and a meatiness all being present. A slight black pepper begins to occur on the palate during the second third of the cigar, which gives the Herrera Esteli TAA and pleasant aftertaste. As the cigar continues into the second third, there is a mild mix of white and black pepperiness that begins to occur on the retrohale, and mixes with notes of earth, leather and cedar. The final third continues with very similar flavors to the second and first thirds of the Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive.

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Overall: The Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive is an intriguing cigar. It is a cigar full of pleasing contradictions. While there is definitely something slightly Liga like in the TAA Exclusive, there are also hints of the original Herrera Esteli. There’s a great mix of earthiness and sweetness that comes from the blending of Connecticut Broadleaf and Brazilian Mata Fina. The Herrera Esteli TAA has a complex flavor profile despite there being little change in it throughout the cigar. Full bodied and flavorful, the TAA Exclusive is a cigar that is certain to please the avid cigar enthusiast. Obviously, since it is a limited release from Drew Estate, it may be difficult to find a box. Personally, I enjoyed the Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive, and will definitely be smoking it again.

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Pairing: The Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive is a great cigar for pairing with a good bourbon. Personally, I like the Hudson Small Batch with this cigar. This cigar also pairs quite well with certain Speyside single malts such as the Balvenie 12 DoubleWood and Macallan 12.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Some cigars for this review were provided by Drew Estate Cigars. Although their generosity is greatly appreciated, it does not effect the Overall Rating of this cigar. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing impartial cigar and product reviews.