Nica Rustica El Brujito by Drew Estate

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Mediums
Binder: Mexican San Andres Negro
Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli and Jalapa)
El Brujito: 6 x 52 (Toro)
Price: $6.95 (SRP)

Originally this was a project in which Drew Estate was experimenting with a strain of locally grown rustic tobacco – which is considered very potent. Shortly before the 2013 IPCPR a decision was made to eliminate the rustic tobacco from the blend and brand the cigar as a tribute to the people of Esteli, Nicaragua.

The Nica Rustica starts out with notes of coffee, pepper, and nut. Along the way, earth notes emerge. The earth notes get more and more prominent as they move the forefront. By the second half the earth notes are in control and there is a slight increase in pepper. While I enjoyed the first half, I thought some steam was lost in the second half.

The flavors are full-bodied and while it doesn’t have the potent kick of the rustic tobacco version I previously smoke, it still has medium to full strength. No issue with burn and draw – outstanding.

I was torn between a fiver or box split. Ultimately I went with a fiver here.