It’s Stog o’Clock, and today, I check out a new extension to a beloved Drew Estate line. The Herrera Esteli Norteño Edicion Limitada is a limited 2015 release tweaked slightly from the original Herrera Esteli Norteño blend. It comes in only one size, a 7×48 pressed “Parejo Prensado” Churchill. The gorgeous, chocolate Mexican San Andres wrapper snugly secures a Honduran binder and fillers from Nicaragua. The press on the cigar makes it very slim, but it feels good in the hand, and the dual labels on this cigar are gorgeous and classy.
The wrapper gives off a rich chocolate and coffee aroma, while I find fruity raisin and raspberry coming out of the foot. The cold draw offers up a salty raspberry flavor. Once lit, my tongue is blasted with rich chocolate and an antique wood note on top of black pepper spice. Through the nose, a delicious coffee makes an appearance alongside more black pepper spice and hazelnut. The finish gives me cedar with cinnamon and a metallic earth.
Thirty minutes in, I finish the first third. On the draw, I pick up raspberry alongside some coffee and black pepper. Through the nose, there is a phenomenal mix of toast, sweet caramel, and earth. The retro-hale is amazing at this point. On the finish, there is spicy espresso mixed in with musty oak and a very dark cocoa. Strength is a steady medium, while the body of the smoke is very full.
The second third closes out at one hour. The draw offers me cocoa with leather and spicy coffee. On the retro-hale, there is more toast and caramel with the addition of buttery floral notes. The finish gives me black pepper spice alongside more musty oak and some earth. Both strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
The final third finishes at one hour and forty minutes. Raspberry returns to the draw with some buttery cocoa and smooth black pepper. Through the nose, I find creamy cedar with more of that delicious toast and caramel. The finish gives me smoky peanut with espresso and grassy leather. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.
The Herrera Esteli Norteño was a great cigar, but this Edicion Limitada takes it one step further and provides a near-unbeatable smoking experience. The amount of complexity this thing produces is through the roof, and I savored every last puff. The retro-hale on this stick is unforgettable! Willy Herrera truly knows how to blend a great cigar, and this is no exception. I highly recommend this and will be considering it a contender for my top ten list this year.