Smoke Notes Cigar Reviews: Herrera Esteli Norteño Coronita by Drew Estate
W: San Andres Maduro
F: Esteli & Jalapa, Nicaragua
Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, Esteli, Nicaragua
The Norteño is Master Blender Willy Herrera’s 2nd entry into the Drew Estate portfolio, following his mega-successful debut with the Herrera Esteli in 2013. Featuring an all-new blend of premium tobaccos, Norteño combines extensively aged tobaccos from the Estelí and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua with a spicy Honduran binder and a rich Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper leaf.
- The Norteño had an overall appealing look and feel to it. The San Andres wrapper leaf had a very healthy oily sheen and the band bearing the simplified image of Nicaragua’s national bird, the Guardabarranco, was well done.
- This cigar was named for the Nicaraguan term for Estelí natives, who are referred to as northerners, or “Norteños.”
- Layered spice notes set the tone for this cigar’s profile early on.
- The draw on the Norteño was one of the easiest and most open that I’ve ever experienced.
- Because of the Coronita’s petite stature, it is prone to becoming hot if smoked too quickly. I had to slow down a bit in order to keep things cool.
- A combination of earthy, spicy, and rich tobacco flavors kept the Norteño’s profile lively and commanded my attention with each puff.
- The Coronita was rated 90 by Cigar Aficionado in December of 2014, citing great smoke production and “earthy and espresso-like character with a hint of molasses.”
- The Norteño’s strength was indeed “full,” as advertised. I probably could have chosen a more appropriate time to conduct my review than first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
- This is quite possibly the ideal “quick-smoke” cigar for full-bodied smokers, as my total smoking time ended up right around the 35-minute mark.
White/black pepper, earth, citrus, peat, cream, salt, rich tobacco, cashew, malty sweetness
Small, powerful, and rife with fiesty, bold flavor, the Norteño Coronita was a dynamic quick-smoke that delivered a potent bouquet of rich tasting notes. Any fan of strong, dark smokes will almost certainly flip for these.
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