August 17, 2022
Blended by master blender Willy Herrera and released from Drew Estate in 2014, with the idea of an upgraded maduro version of the standard Herrera Esteli, named people from the northern part of Nicaragua – Norteno. The band has a nice drawing of the national bird of Nicaragua – Guardabarranco.
Appearance: Rating: ★★★★★
Bare all marks of a maduro cigar, dark wrapper. Very contrasting band in white and green, very small thin and flat veins. Very beautiful box press and quite firm on touch.
Construction: Rating: ★★★
Perfect cigar up to the half point, then need some touch ups and a couple times to relight.
Flavour: Rating: ★★★1/2
Cold draw is easy but not loose, creaminess and pepper are the aromas I can pick.
The first puffs are like toasted bread, which makes me think it might not be that strong and more medium strength. There is plenty black pepper on retro which picks up nicely towards the smoking. After the first 5-6 minutes the profile changes drastically towards creamy and very easy tasty smoke.
At the second part getting underway the profile becomes sour and not that sweet creamy, with delivery of some dry wood and still quite peppery. There is also some earthiness at some point.
A lot of dry wood for the start of the last third, pepper and the toasted bread are still here, and not much change from the overall profile.
Value: Rating: ★★★★
US price is under $10, ok cigar for the price
Overall Rating: Rating: ★★★★
It Has the illusion of a strong cigar, but actually is quite mild. First two parts show complexity, which was lacking in the last part. Price tag is reasonable enough,
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