Wrapper type: San Andreas Negra
Filler: Brazilian and Nicaraguan
Appearance (0-20): The wrapper sports one of the darkest and oiliest wrappers that I have seen. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The cap is perfect. The outer wrapper shows no major veins at all. The simple top label is easily identifiable as a Drew Estate Natural’s line, while the foot band identifies the cigar type. Well done.
Construction (0-20): No splits, peels, cracks, or anything detrimental. The fill of the cigar is even and honestly I can find no fault with the feel prelight. The cut revealed a little more debris than I would have liked, and the ash also didn’t quite hole to my standards. Otherwise, there were no complaints.
Strength (0-20): Since this is a flavored cigar, you wouldn’t expect it to pack too much punch. However, it absolutely sits in the medium range. If we are talking about flavor strength, it’s absolutely full on flavor from the moment your lips hit it through the nub of the cigar.
Flavor (0-20): The Irish Hops is a cigar that honestly packs in the flavor. Some people call it an Irish cream flavor with a touch of spice. Some have said it tastes like they are smoking a box of Lucky Charms. I personally see this as a roasted marshmallow. It’s absolutely sweet throughout, with an increasing spice as it goes on. The cigar is relatively one dimensional in terms of complexity, but it does hold its own throughout.
Value (0-20): In terms of flavored cigars, $6.00 isn’t an exorbitant price. In fact, its quite a bit lower than a lot of the others in the same line. For the flavor that you get from it, being more toward a dessert cigar, it’s either right on the money or could be considered a value – especially given the size. I am absolutely going with value. If you can snag one for any less than the $6.00 price – do it.
Additional Notes: Paired with water at Cigars International.
Overall (0-100): Let me first say that this particular cigar isn’t for everyone. Flavored cigars, especially when infused, are often looked down on by cigar purists. But if you really want something tasty that’s nice and sweet – Drew Estate is the way to go. This particular one looks and smokes very well, and would pair well as a dessert for any meal. The Irish Hops is absolutely a go-to cigar for me when I am looking for something different.