Natural Irish Hops (by Drew Estate)

Natural Irish Hops (by Drew Estate)

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Mexican San Andres Negra
Filler : Brazilian and Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $6-7 each

These cigars are exclusive sticks made for Cigars International and are limited edition. But, I have been smoking them for over four years, so I’m not too sure how “limited” they really are. I started smoking these my Sophomore or Junior year of college and they became one of my go-to smokes when I am not in the mood for a traditional cigar.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★☆
The wrapper on this cigar is amazing. It is dark chocolate in color and has a very nice shine to it. The wrapper is clearly oily and packed with flavor. This stick gives smells and tastes ridiculously sweet. The taste and smell are clearly Irish Cream.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
There were no thick veins that would lead to an odd burn pattern but there were several very thin veins. The stick is also very solid, there were no soft spots at all throughout the entire cigar. The cap could have been on a little better. It appeared that it was cut a little big and it had a few folds that lifted up. But once it was cut, there were no splits or peels.

Natural Irish Hops (by Drew Estate)

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½
As soon as I lit up the cigar, the flavor punched me in the mouth, literally. The Irish Cream flavor came out immediately. Throughout the stick there was a consistent hint of spice. There was always a nice mix of the sweetness of the Irish Cream and the spiciness. About halfway through the stick, the spice came out a little bit more, but there was no way it could overtake or even compete with the sweetness. The aftertaste left on the palate was almost a whiskey flavor.

Value : Rating: ★★★★½
The price is right on this cigar. If you are someone who enjoys flavored and infused cigars, then this stick is for you. You really can’t complain about $6 a stick when you get one of this size, and this flavorful.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★½ (4.25)
This cigar is great. I am personally not a huge fan of flavored and infused cigars anymore. But occasionally it is good to switch it up so that your taste buds don’t have to work so hard every time. This cigar is a treat to me. The ash was great. It was light gray, nicely layered, and held on past the half way point. The burn was even for most of the stick, but with only a couple inches left it veered off course a bit. The draw was constantly effortless, but produced a little less smoke that I prefer. And as you could probably guess, the aroma was amazingly sweet.