The Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada is the sixth vitola and the first Limited Edition released from the Herrera Esteli line by Drew Estate. Herrera Esteli was Willy Herreraâ€™s debut cigar and is a fantastic addition to Drew Estateâ€™s lineup; adding a â€œCubanesqueâ€ flavor profile to their portfolio. 2,000 boxes of 15 cigars were released, making the total production of the Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada Lancero 30,000 cigars.
Year of Production: 2014
Vitola: Lancero (7×38)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli and Jalapa)
Appearance: The Herrera Esteli Lancero is delicate in its appearance. The medium brown wrapper presents some minor veins and a little tooth.
Pre Light: The pre light draw provides notes of hazelnut, cedar, toast and hay.
First Third: The first third of the Herrera Esteli Lancero is packed with some fantastic flavors. Initially, almond is quite prominent along with white pepper, vanilla and subtle floral notes. The draw was very open on both of the lanceros I smoked for this review, which was nice considering many lanceros seem to be rolled a little too tight, which is almost to be expected given the difficulty in rolling such a vitola. The Herrera Esteli Lancero is medium in strength during the first third and produces a good amount of smoke leaving behind a tight white ash.
Second Third: As I move into the second third of the Herrera Esteli Lancero, the almond note dies down a bit and is replaced with cedar, wheat and citrus with the subtle floral notes remaining. The mild white pepper spice also dies down leaving the second third void of any significant spice. A pleasant sweetness, like that of apple, presents itself during the second third, which provides a great balance to the myriad of flavors presented in this cigar. The strength remains at a medium during the second third of the Herrera Esteli Lancero.
Final Third: The final third of the cigar really ramps things up. Until this point, the Herrera Esteli Lancero was like Celine Dionâ€™s â€œMy heart will go onâ€ and now itâ€™s more like AC/DCâ€™s â€œYou Shook Me All Night Long.â€ Oak and black pepper enter the scene with molasses on the finish and cedar remaining from the second third. The strength picks up some, bringing it to the higher end of a medium body.
Overview and Closing Thoughts: Iâ€™m sure that I am not alone when I say that the Lonsdale was my favorite vitola of the Herrera Esteli; however, that has now changed. I loved this lancero as it had significant depth to the flavors, was complex and very well balanced. With the perfect draw, tight ash and solid burn, it is no stretch to say that the construction on this cigar was perfect.
In all, I am very pleased with the Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada Lancero. From the flavors, complexity and construction, it is easily one of my favorite new releases of 2014. My only hope is that I will be able to find more in the future!