JC Newman

May 02, 2021

Drew Estate Freestyle Live Mystery Cigar (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description provided by Drew Estate)

Drew Estate will air Freestyle Live: Special Edition on Thursday, May 6th, on its Facebook Live page (facebook.com/drewestatecigar) at its usual broadcast time of 7-9 p.m. EST, but this episode will be a shocker to both consumers and trade alike, so get ready!

Leading up to the Freestyle Live broadcast, Drew Estate will ship participating retailers across the United States a limited amount of Freestyle Live Event Packs that will include three of a new ultra-premium cigar [WITHOUT BANDS], a travel humidor, a cutter, a lighter and a raffle ticket. The identity of the newly released cigars will remain an air-tight secret right up to the moment that Drew Estate’s Ambassadors reveal their identity during the show.

As advertised, the cigar has no bands but it is well made and very dark. It has a nice feel in the hand.

Of the 3 cigars provided I have had one so this is my second. I'll save the third for the event.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, pear, leather, nutmeg, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. The cigar has nice sweetness and a lot of leather and black coffee at the light up. The cigar tastes full bodied right out of the gate. The cigar produces a lot of smoke. Nice start.

Shortly after light up (15 minutes) I had some nice chocolate notes. The other notes are still in play. The chocolate notes made a nice addition.

At the first third (45 minutes) the flavor notes are cedar, pear, chocolate, leather, nutmeg, and black coffee. The cigar is burning very slowly. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is nutmeg, leather, and black coffee with a lot of lingering black pepper. The cigar is very good and quite powerful. It is burning very evenly. 1It is very dark and has adequate sweetness. Since I've only had one cigar I want to be a little conservative with my scoring. i usually have at least 3, if not 4 cigars before a review. I rated the first third 93.

As I moved through the second third (1 hour 16 minutes) the cigar got a little better. It got a little sweeter. The pear notes are gone but in their place are hints of citrus and hints of black cherry. I also still had cedar, brown sugar, chocolate, a lot of black coffee, leather, and nutmeg. The cigar is very full bodied. The finish is unchanged. There is a lot of lingering black pepper. I like the added sweetness. At the midpoint the citrus notes were the most pronounced. At the end of the second third they are subtle, as well as the black cherry notes. I raised the score to 94.

The cigar lasted an impressive 1 hour 40 minutes. In the final third the chocolate notes became more pronounced. The citrus notes are no longer there but the subtle black cherry notes, cedar, brown sugar, nutmeg, leather, and black coffee are still there. Again, the cigar is very full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I enjoyed the cigar. I'll be curious to see what the name is and any other details they provide during the event. I held the score of 94 for the final third.

Overall Score: 93.67

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