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@Jonathan Drew @dancrago I don't give it lightly, but you earned it. Thanks for all you do.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Press Release: Drew Estate Unveils “Kentucky Fire Cured” Line Extension to My Uzi Weighs a Ton
Hell yes! JD brings it again.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Press Release: Drew Estate Unveils “Kentucky Fire Cured” Line Extension to My Uzi Weighs a Ton
V = Verygood
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Review: Oliva Serie V Maduro Diadema
My B&M has an LFD event coming up with these. I love the vitola, perfect size.
2 months ago on Review: La Flor Dominicana Mystery
Love the simplicity.
2 months, 1 week ago on Review: Illusione *R* Rothchildes (Prerelease)
The most consistent brand on the planet.
3 months ago on Review: Padrón W. Curtis Draper 125th Anniversary Maduro
Love this stuff!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Review: Liga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark (Prerelease)
No doubt, working solely off the MSRP and retail margins, and fair or not, the reputations of the companies mentioned.
4 months ago on Press Release: Earth Supernatural – A New Infusion To Flavored Cigars
@Charlie Minato @MatthewJohnZeigler Charlie, I wouldn't phrase it as "cheap" tobacco. It's entirely possible these new cigars use perfectly good tobacco, I just think the ACIDs probably use even better. Not a question of inferiority of tobacco on the new products, but a question of Drew estate using simply superior quality tobaccos in what they do. If you were to compare these to say, Isla del Sol, you have a pretty good comparison in terms of price point and probably tobacco quality. Consider the difference between a Romeo y Julietta and an Ashton Classic; RyJs are good, but Ashtons are simply higher quality.
In short, I'd think CAO and Leon Jimines and the like should feel more threatened by these than Drew Estate. From what I know of Drew Estate and Gurkha, and of the flavored/infused market, the two companies just aren't playing in the same league.
@grestmon Not a chance. These things won't be around in three years, but Acid's been going strong for how long now?
My retail experience tells me people will pay more for an infused cigar made with both high quality tobaccos and high quality infusions. Budget lines can't compete on either front.
Curious to see if there might be any trademark or copyright issues here as well.
4 months, 1 week ago on Press Release: Earth Supernatural – A New Infusion To Flavored Cigars
Done and done, gladly. Nothing against anyone else, but I've always stayed off of cigar blogs, but the attitude and presentation here drew me in. Heh ... "Drew" ... Anyhow, nice job and happy new year!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Introducing the halfwheel Newsletter
Wouldn't be trading on the hype of a very popular TV show, would they? The bands will probably be crystalline blue, too :-p
4 months, 4 weeks ago on News: Quesada Slates Heisenberg Project for January
I got to Podman's page about a day too late to grab any of these. Sad day :( Love the L40. Patiently waiting for my theoretical UC40 to happen. This seems to complete the trifecta. Hell, drop those three lanceros in a cedar coffin (like a non-twisted culebra)!
5 months ago on Review: Drew Estate BOTL.org 2012
@Jonathan Drew @dancrago Sweatin out this warm December in Pensacola my man. Hope all is well wherever you find yourself!
5 months ago on News: Drew Estate Slates MUWAT Digital Son 6 for Outland Cigars
42 ring? Be still my heart! Anytime JdN or their friends at Drew Estate do smaller ring cigars, I know they'll be enormously flavorful.
Willy is a great guy, and very talented. Excellent contest to feature his newest! Cigar Safari is one of the best things I've ever done.
5 months ago on Review: Herrera Esteli Toro Especial (Prerelease)
5 months, 1 week ago on Review: Cain Daytona NUb 460
I said it on the previous post, but this is simply brilliant. JD stressed to us on our Cigar Safari the importance of minimizing waste and maximizing return on tobacco purchases. While packing some in LVH solves a part of it, the Papas Fritas are clearly a superior solution. In my opinion, only one or two other makers could do this sort of project successfully, and they don't have the Kult following Drew Estate has.
In summation: I need to find a job quick so I can order a sleeve of these!
5 months, 1 week ago on Review: Liga Privada Único Serie Papas Fritas (Prerelease)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on (The) Contest: 25 Days of halfwheel
@AronL Too right about ring and flavor relationship. I can't think of any 58+ ringed cigars that properly balance flavors, other than the one or two specifically built to be that big (JDN/Drew's My Uzi Weighs a Ton for example). Meanwhile, the most sought after sticks on the market are almost invariably 56 and below, and many are sub-50.
I don't mind the size in and of itself, if it tastes good. But with JFRs pushing 7x70s and all the new 62 and 64 ring crap out there, I know flavor isn't the main goal, and in my personal opinion, those who clamor for bigger and bigger are compensating a bit too much :-p Then again, like I always told my customers, there is no right or wrong, only personal preference.
6 months ago on News: La Gloria Cubana Releases Piramide Supra for Northeastern U.S.