Nica Rustica (by Drew Estate)

Nica Rustica

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : El Brujito (toro)
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Longfillers Grown in Esteli & Jalapa
Binder : Mexican San Andres Negro
Strength : Medium to Full
Price : $6.95 each


Drew Estate’s Nica Rustica is said to be blended “for hard core tobacco lovers.” The self proclaimed “rustic, un-refined” stick is draped in a rugged-looking Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper leaf. The dark chocolate-brown colored wrapper is flecked with some small, puckered veins and is left long to cover the foot. The simple, mustard colored band is in line with the un-refined vibe of the cigar. Beneath the Connecticut Broadleaf is a Mexican San Andres Negro binder snuggly wrapped around long fillers grown in Esteli and Jalapa. The cap is thin but nicely mounted and pulled into a taught pigtail. It cuts cleanly using the punch cutter on my Colibri Evoke Lighter.

Flavor & Aroma

The pre-light aroma is dark and earthy with notes of barnyard and cocoa. The cold draw is easy and gives off a gentle cocoa flavor. Once lit, the first few puffs are full of woodsy notes with a strong tobacco base. Hints of wheat and crushed black peppercorn appear midway through the first third. The second third starts off with more dark, earthy flavors but soon develops a gentle sweetness and a leathery finish. The final third is dominated by leather, rich tobacco, and smoked hickory.

Nica Rustica

Burn & Smoking Characteristics

Drew Estate’s Nica Rustica draws perfectly and produces ample smoke with each puff. Despite the extremely windy conditions, the crisp, white ash grows to nearly two inches before the first drop. The burn is quickened by the wind, but the burn line remains even. The ash drops a total of three times during the seventy-five minute smoke.


The Nica Rustica is a great addition to Drew Estate’s line of impressive sticks. It is beautifully constructed and burns flawlessly. The flavor is rich and complex. This is an all around great smoke.