Miami, FL – In a written statement from Drew Estate, it was announced that CEO Steve Saka has retired from the company effective Thursday, July 11th. The statement went on to thank Steve for his hard work and dedication during his 8-year reign as president and later CEO. Saka’s passion, leadership and expertise were a rare combination in the industry. “Steve will be truly missed and we wish him all the best moving forward,” said owners, Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel. Continue reading
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IPCPR 2009 Game Changer – Stalk Cut Habano Wrapper
Our major game changer from IPCPR 2009 happens to be a wrapper – one that was introduced in 2009, but would not fully be felt across the industry for a couple of years.
It all started with Drew Estate’s follow-up cigar to the already popular Liga Privada No.9 – a 2008 release so popular supply could not keep up with consumer demand. The 2009 follow-up would be known as Liga Privada T52 – and would prove to be a game-changer, particularly for its use of an all-new wrapper which hales from the Connecticut River Valley. Continue reading
Cigar News: My Uzi Weighs A Ton 7×70
Drew Estate Chairman, Jonathan Drew (via his Instagram account) shared a short video clip of the all-new My Uzi Weighs A Ton 7×70 – which is expected to be released later this Summer.
This all-new 7×70 marks the 7th vitola to be added to the MUWAT line, following on the heals of January’s #6 vitola – the Digital Son 6 (retail exclusive for Outland Cigars) and the #5 vitola called +11.
Click here to watch Instagrm video.
For those of you keeping track, the other 6 MUWAT vitolas are as follows:
- My Uzi Weighs A Ton 5×60
- My Uzi Weighs A Ton 6×60
- My Uzi Weighs A Ton 7×60
- My Uzi Weighs A Ton Bait Fish (EF)
- My Uzi Weighs A Ton +11
- My Uzi Weighs A ton Digital Son 6
- Size: 7 x 70
- Shape: Toro Gorda
- Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina Oscuro and Nicaraguan
Source: Information for this release came from Jonathan Drew’s Instagram account.
Press Release: Drew Estate Acquires Heavenly Cigar Company
Miami, FL — Drew Estate, Inc. announced today that they have acquired the Heavenly Cigar Company with headquarters in Naples, FL. As a result of the acquisition, Drew Estate will take ownership of all Heavenly Cigar brands, it’s current inventory and will take responsibility for all future sales and marketing activities. No changes are currently planned for Heavenly Cigar’s assortment of premium cigar products. Continue reading
Take-5: Drew Estate Cigar Safari 2013 – Part-3, Stalk Cut Habano
Continuing our recap of last month’s Drew Estate Cigar Safari, we spend more time with masterminds Steve Saka and Nicholas Melillo. In this video clip we get a behind-the-scenes look at how pilones (large piles of stacked tobacco leaves) are used to cure tobacco during the fermentation process. The tobacco discussed in these videos is one of my all-time favorites, the extremely temperamental yet oh-so-flavorful Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut and Cured Sun Grown Habano wrapper. (aka “Stalk Cut Habano”) This signature wrapper has been used on such legendary Liga Privada blends as T52, Dirty Rat, L40, Ratzilla, UF-4 and pre-release UF-13…enjoy!
Take-5: Drew Estate Cigar Safari 2013 – Part-2, Fire Cured Tobacco
Following up on our coverage of the Drew Estate Cigar Safari, we jump right in to an interesting topic for 2013 – the use of fire-cured tobacco. In this clip, Steve Saka and Nicholas Melillo share details on how certain tobaccos are fire cured at one of the Finca La Joya barns. As you’ll hear, “fire cured” is a technique that plays a major part in producing the unique mesquite BBQ flavors present in cigars such as the Sam Leccia Black and the soon-to-be-released MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured (KFC) line…enjoy!
Take-5: Drew Estate Cigar Safari 2013 – Part 1
Last month, our dear friends at Drew Estate and Joya de Nicaragua cigar companies invited members of the cigar media down for a special edition Cigar Safari. Media members were broken down in to two groups of 10-12 people per group. We happened to be in group-1 who went down April 28th thru May 1st.
The video below is a reflection of the great times had that very first day. There were no tours on Day-1. Instead, we simply got to know each other a little better – building and extending relationships – all in the spirit of comradery…enjoy!
Press Release: Drew Estate Unveils New MUWAT KFC
Miami, FL – Drew Estate Inc. announced today the impending release of Kentucky Fire Cured Cigars, an extension to the MUWAT brand also to be produced at the Joya de Nicaragua factory. In development for over 2.5 years, this extension to the MUWAT line of premium cigars was inspired during a trip to the Dominican Republic where Jonathan Drew and Steve Saka were visiting the Universal Leaf tobacco pre-industry facility. “I remember it as if it were yesterday” states JD. “Fritz Bossert (President of Universal Leaf), Steve Saka and I were smoking Liga Privada T52s in the fermentation area when I noticed a pilon of Kentucky Fired Cured tobacco. We took the wrapper off the T52 and placed a thick Kentucky Fire Cured leaf in its place. The taste and aroma were simply amazing, but there was just one huge problem – the cigar would not burn properly, and is one of the reasons of the lengthy process it took to get ‘KFC’ to market.” Continue reading
Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli by Drew Estate
When cigar enthusiasts here the name Drew Estate, two things usually come to mind: 1) infused cigars; and 2) full-bodied limited releases. The former includes such common lines as ACID, Natural and Tabak - the latter is Liga Privada. Continue reading
Announcement: Herrera Esteli – Scheduled for February
On January 14th, 2013 Cigar Aficionado announced Herrera Esteli, by Drew Estate, will begin shipping to stores sometime in early February.
Since joining the ranks of Drew Estate, Herrera Esteli brand leader Willy Herrera has been hard at work selecting tobaccos, creating and analyzing test blends and putting together a core team of torcedores (cigar rollers) to bring his cigar visions to life.