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Drew Estate Cancels 2020 Barn Smoker Season and Deploys “The Barn Smoker Goodwill Act”

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Today Drew Estate announces the cancellation of the 2020 Barn Smoker season due to ongoing health concerns surrounding COVID-19.  Additionally, Drew Estate creates the “Barn Smoker Goodwill Act of 2020.”

Barn Smokers are among the highlights on Drew Estate’s calendar every year, and an opportunity we cherish to share in a one-of-a-kind experience with the cigar loving community.  After significant consideration, however, Drew Estate has determined that it is necessary to make this difficult decision in order to ensure the safety of our staff, the staff of the incredible farms with whom we partner, and, of course, the thousands of Barn Smoker attendees who travel across the country to take part in our extraordinary American Tobacco Experience.

While we are disappointed that we will not be able to hold the festivals at the farms this year, Drew Estate is proud to announce the introduction of the “Barn Smoker Goodwill Act of 2020,” which is designed and funded to show appreciation, love, and fellowship to our inner circle during the difficult times we are all facing.

The Barn Smoker Goodwill Act works in the following manner … All Attendees who purchased a ticket at any/all tier levels will immediately be refunded 100%.  In addition, each ticket holder will be asked to submit their address via this link and Drew Estate will be shipping free of charge the complete 2020 Barn Smoker Swag Set that they would have received by attending their ticketed event. This package does not include cigars and will be shipped out by August 1st.  Beyond this, Drew Estate will donate $10,000 per Barn Smoker, for a total of $50,000, to Cigars for Warriors, doubling down on our commitment to our deployed troops.

Finally, on the date of each scheduled Barn Smoker, Drew Estate will launch a two-hour “Virtual Barn Smoker Herf,” hosted on Facebook Live, open to everyone.   While these Herfs are not designed to be exact Barn Smoker replicas, we plan on celebrating each date together.  These unique experiences will include the Drew Estate Ambassadors and our Farmer Partners – and tell a new part of the story not previously showcased during our usual Barn Smoker Festivals.

The dates for the Virtual Barn Smoker Herfs (hosted on www.facebook.com/drewestatecigar ) are below with times to be announced closer to the event:

  • Pennsylvania Barn Smoker Virtual Event: July 25th, 2020
  • Connecticut Barn Smoker Virtual Event: August 8th, 2020
  • Kentucky Barn Smoker Virtual Event: September 26th, 2020
  • Louisiana Barn Smoker Virtual Event: October 4th, 2020
  • Florida Barn Smoker Virtual Event: November 14th, 2020

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew Founder and President of Drew Estate adds, “It is with great sadness that we’ve come to this decision.  Barn Smoker, alongside Cigar Safari, are the experiential programs that we are most deeply connected to here at Drew Estate. I’m also incredibly appreciative to our Consumer Engagement Team, who architected the concept of the “Barn Smoker Goodwill Act of 2020” … in my opinion, going above and beyond for our supporters, our extended family, who had made plans to join us on the sacred farms.  We thank you for your love and support … always #De4L!”

Year Of The Rat (2020) Liga Privada Unico Serie

Year Of the Rat Unico SerieThe Unico Serie, we all know it, we all like it, and we all try to get our hands on them. While the original 2016 release of Year of the Rat was challenging (to say the least) to get a hold of, Drew Estate’s launch of the Liga Privada Unico Year of the Rat 2020 will be available at upcoming Drew Diplomat events to coincide with the Chinese New Year.

Now, normally I don’t waste time talking about the labels or packaging, you have eyes, you can see what it looks like, I don’t need to describe it to you. However in this case it bears mentioning. While the bands are your classic style DE Unico bands the gold foil really makes this cigar stand out and makes you feel a bit like Charlie unwrapping his Wonka Bar to find the Golden Ticket underneath.  Once the foil is removed the wrapper underneath has the color of dark aged rawhide. While the seams are nice and tight, there is some veining noticed giving it a great rustic look and feel. The cigar feels well rolled and full but complies when pressure is applied with the fingers.

The smell from the body is earthy with notes of fresh cut wood and a chocolate sweetness, the sweetness is more prominent from the foot. The cap cuts with no issues and from the cold draw flavors of rich tobacco and chocolate are present.

The first half starts with the taste of red pepper and earth with a good meatiness to it. There is loads of smoke production that’s nearly heavy enough to chew on. The draw is easy and it burns evenly.

In the second half the flavor becomes even greater. A rich mocha coffee flavor comes to the front with pepper kicking its way in on the finish. It ended with a soft creamy finish, similar to reaching the bottom of a latte with a splash of licorice on the finish. The burn remained even and only had to be re-touched with the flame once due to operator error. The smoke production remained full and heavy for the duration of the cigar.

While each article is summed up by saying I enjoyed the cigar (this is because I choose to only write about cigars I like, who wants to waste their time reading, or writing, about a bad cigar) this was really a lot of fun to smoke. The flavor was very rich and complex combined with impeccable craftsmanship, this is one I smoked down until my fingers burned because I didn’t want it to end. The Year Of The Rat 2020 is only available for purchase at Drew Diplomat Retail events. Each store hosting a Drew Diplomat event will be able to purchase up to four boxes that will be made available for sale to us consumers. So while it might be a little difficult to find its worth searching out a DDRP event and pick up as many as you can get your hands on.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Brazilian
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Price: Around $16.00 – $18.00 a stick, of course you know there always discounts on box purchases at events so grab a box.
Rating: 4.9 out of 5 pints


Undercrown Shade Suprema

Undercrown SupremaSince the inception of the Drew Estate Undercrown series they have been a great priced sought after cigar and the shade variation was no exception to this. Now with the limited edition release of the Suprema there’s another great cigar in the catalog.

The Limited Edition Undercrown Shade SUPREMA is a 6 x 50-54 perfecto wrapped in a creamy Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade leaf, with rich Sumatran binder and filler leaves of Dominican Criollo 98, Nicaraguan Corojo, and Nicaragua Criollo. The limited vitola presents a bolder profile on the palate compared to core sizes while remaining a smooth smoking experience.

Jonathan Drew President and Founder of Drew Estate highlights, “Since the release of Undercrown Shade in 2015, it has been a staple in humidors nationwide. We knew it was the right time to release the first Limited Edition for Undercrown Shade, and it’s packaged beautifully in a clean white box.”

From the Drew Estate offices, Factory Spokesman Pedro Gomez notes, “Man, when Willy Herrera handed me this stick I immediately knew it was something special bro. Let me tell you something, when I lit this up with my morning cafe I knew I needed more, the creamy bold flavor coming off this SUPREMA is just supreme. Every Undercrown Shade fan needs to smoke this cigar. I’m telling you something.”

The general smell of this cigar is a light hay with a touch of spice. The cold draw is light, airy and has some sweetness to it. The construction is top notch, typical of DE, wrapped in a milk chocolate covered wrapper with very minimal veining and tight seams. The cap cuts easy and it lights with minimal effort.

The first half has a light but somehow full flavor. I know a contradiction but if you smoke this you’ll know what I’m talking about. The flavors are somewhere in-between toffee and bitter chocolate, a bit of roasted nuts. Theres a sneaky pepper taste coming in on the back end towards the end of the first half as well. The draw is easy but not loose feeling and it produces plenty of light weight smoke. The burn is sharp and the ash holds tight until knocked free.

In the second half flavor becomes fuller with the spicy/pepper flavor rising to the front. The sweetness can still be found but you have to look for it. The burn remains solid and the ash is as tight as ever. Thanks to the excellent construction the draw remains nice and easy making this a breeze to smoke all the way down to the end.

As a whole this cigar was totally enjoyable from start to finish. The flavor profile is complex but easily accessible to novice smokers. While its overall size might be off putting to beginner smokers there’s no need to worry, however if you want something smaller try out the Corona Pequena. If you’re looking for a cigar that will last you a solid 70-90 minutes (depending on your smoking style) and something with great flavor, this is the cigar to try.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Binder: Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Criollo 98, Nicaraguan Corojo, and Nicaragua Criollo
Price: $47.99 for a box of 5
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints