Herrera Esteli Lonsdale
Cigar Review Drew Estate Medium Body

Herrera Esteli


Initial Thoughts:

At this point, just about anything coming out of Drew Estate is going to receive a lot of press.  DE has basically become a “household name” in the cigar world.  Couple that with the addition of someone already known in the cigar world for his work at the El Titan Bronze factory, and you create a bit of a frenzied anticipation of what is to come.  Such was the case with Willy Herrera joining the Drew Estate team and the release of his inaugural line, the Herrera Esteli.

Herrera Esteli Lonsdale - Barrel
Herrera Esteli Lonsdale – Barrel

When the Herrera Esteli line was released in early 2013, they were limited to select retailers.  People could not wait to get their hands on them.  Unfortunately, the reviews on it were mixed, with several people experiencing construction issues.  The main concern I read about was cracking/damaged wrappers.

It seems that as more cigars were released, these problems were corrected.  Most comments I’ve read or heard since then have been more than positive.  I was pleased when I saw that they were available in my area and have smoked a few prior to this review.  In this case, the samples were given to me from Drew Estate by way of ol Siz.  Grateful we are for their generosity.  Affect the outcome of the review it will not.


This Herrera Esteli Lonsdale has the classic look of a Cuban cigar.  Knowing that this was what they were going for, I say they hit the mark!  They even employed the entubar rolling technique for God’s sake!  It has a very natural light brown wrapper with minimal veins and slightly raised seams.  The triple cap is flush and round.  There appear to be no cracks or tears either.  The foot looks very well packed.

Herrera Esteli Lonsdale - 1st Third
Herrera Esteli Lonsdale – 1st Third

The band is very simple, yet classic too.  It is a white paper band with gold trim and red print.  These labels say “imported from Nicaragua” on the front, but the current release will say “by Drew Estate” instead.  I believe this has something to do with a name dispute between DE and Herrera Cigars (Frank Herrera).


The Herrera Esteli Lonsdale certainly looks smooth and silky and the feel matches that.  I do not detect any bumps or soft spots either.  There is a slight give when squeezed but it springs right back into shape afterwards.

Herrera Esteli Lonsdale - Foot
Herrera Esteli Lonsdale – Foot

It has been too cold to smoke outside, especially for a review.  I decided to go to a local lounge to smoke.  While it is a good atmosphere for cigar smoking, it does make it a little harder to detect aromas due to all the smoke from other cigars.  However, I do manage to get some hay and earth from the foot and sweet tobacco from the barrel.

I clip the triple cap with my CRA cutter.  It comes off with ease, leaving a very even top.  The pre-light draw is great with a bit of a dust note.  Like I said, it may be harder to pick up on faint notes with other cigar smoke about.


Time to light this tasty Herrera Esteli up and see how it burns.  I use my Xikar single flame torch and it lights right up.  The light and burn are even and they remain so for the entire cigar.  I never have to touch it up or relight it.  The only “issue” is that it burns a little fast, but that tends to happen on cigars with a 44rg.

Herrera Esteli Lonsdale - 1st Third
Herrera Esteli Lonsdale – 1st Third

The ash is a beautiful white and gray that holds on for about an inch at a time.  And just like on the pre light, the draw is great, allowing ample amounts of smoke to pass through.  I don’t see any construction issues whatsoever with this one!


Any cigar that receives the amount of hype the Herrera Esteli has better deliver the goods!  So far, the criticisms I’ve heard (construction) have not been present with this Lonsdale (or the others I’ve smoked).  Let’s see if the flavor is as good as advertised.

Herrera Esteli Lonsdale - 2nd Third
Herrera Esteli Lonsdale – 2nd Third

The first third starts off with a decent amount of white pepper, with nuts, wood, and hay undertones.  The balance evens out as it goes along.  Additionally, there is a slightly dry butter flavor that creeps in towards the middle section.

In the second third, the butter flavor that was developing becomes more herbal, as the white pepper becomes more floral.  The nuts and wood are still there too.  The retrohale is heavy on the white pepper and wood.  The finish becomes nuttier throughout this section.

The final third sees the pepper become more of a floral spice, with a continuation of butter and nuts.  Towards the end, the dominant flavor becomes wood, with everything but a faint floral spice disappearing.  Though that is a little disappointing, there are no unpleasant flavors nor does it get hot.

Herrera Esteli Lonsdale - Great Ash
Herrera Esteli Lonsdale – Great Ash

The Herrera Esteli Lonsdale is medium in strength and right at the medium-full mark in flavor.  It was very enjoyable, only getting a little bland right at the end.  Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed the flavors.  The smoke time was 1 hour 5 minutes.

Would I Buy It Again?


Is It An Everyday Smoke?

Though I might want something a bit stronger at times, I could smoke it everyday.

Would I Buy a Box?

For the right price, certainly.


Herrera Esteli Lonsdale - Nub
Herrera Esteli Lonsdale – Nub

The Herrera Esteli Lonsdale is referred to as a “Cubanesque” cigar.  While I don’t smoke many Cuban cigars, I have had a few.  While I see the resemblance, I think that this one is a bit spicier than most Cubans I’ve had.  I will say this is the most ”Cubanesque” Drew Estate cigar I’ve had for sure.  And while the price is a bit high (most shops will probably charge $9+ for it), I definitely think it is worth trying.  It really came close to getting a 10 from me if not for the very end.

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17 thoughts on “Herrera Esteli

  1. David Nichols

    Nice review. Was the wrapper as flawless as the stock photo on the DE contest looked?

    1. jy617

      Pretty much. It is very well done.

  2. Patrick Mulcahy

    Tried this cigar for the first time at a DE event a few months ago, since then I have smoked 5-6 of them. Big fan, spot on review as always. Thanks for the contest, This is the day I would like to win the most

    1. Eric Scism

      You’re welcome! Thanks for the kind words about the review as well.

  3. Mike Biggs

    great review….looking forward to trying one out.

    1. Eric Scism

      Thanks Mike! Glad you enjoyed reading it.

  4. Mr Bill

    Nice review Jeremy, really do like these cigars.

    1. jy617

      Thanks Bill! Yeah, I like them more and more each time I smoke them.

    2. Eric Scism

      Don’t inflate his ego too much 🙂

  5. Barry Kander

    Actually, the Lonsdale is my favorite size and shape. Good choice to start.

    1. Eric Scism

      Definitely one of my favorite sizes as well!

  6. TriMarkC

    I’ve been enjoying these Herrera Esteli’s since they came out, and bought a box of several sizes at a recent B&M event. Love em!

    1. TriMarkC

      I really like the Flavor Wheel too!

      1. Eric Scism

        Thanks man! Glad you like it. I’m glad you enjoy these HEs! They are a fantastic smoke and hopefully everyone gets to enjoy them at some point.

        1. TriMarkC

          Just had another HE last night – wonderful flavors! I tweeted that & a pic, and Willy favorited it! 🙂

  7. GruntmaN

    Lonsdale rocks! Can’t wait to try the lance!!

    1. Eric Scism

      Yeah man I love the lonsdale and lancero vitolas. I feel like they always add another dimension to the flavor.

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