Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

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Cigar Details: Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Filler: Pennsylvania Broadleaf and Nicaraguan Maduro
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
  • Blender: Willy Herrera
  • Price: $10.00
  • Release Date: March 2024
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto is dark tan with a tinge of green and has some decently raised veins present. The seams are smooth and the caps are adequately finished. There are two bands, both in a black and white color combination. The primary denotes Blackened, while the foot denotes the line name and has the Drew Estate logo on back. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of hay and earth, while the foot brings dry cedar with some light earth. The pre-light draw brings airy cedar and a bit of a soapy floral note with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto is great in appearance. It reminds me of the 601 Black. Any black bands on a Connecticut is points in my book; especially with a nice Connecticut wrapper. Silky in texture, the cigar sports very few veins throughout. Firm in hand, the cigar is light Natural. Golden hay color. Aromas of grass, tobacco, hay, cedar, cream and soft spices. Terroir qualities.
John: The Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar information and an integrated tear space to remain intact when opened. There are two bands, with the primary band a thinner Blackened band, and the secondary band as a thicker foot band indicating S84 Shade To Black. I weighed the cigar at 15.0 grams, and the humidity, as measured with the HumidiMeter Pro, was 61.7%. For aromas, I was smelling wood, hay, grass and sweet tobacco from the wrapper. I wasn’t able to pick out anything unique or distinct other than the wrapper aromas from the foot.

Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, earth, hay and mild black pepper. At a half inch in, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth and very mild black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with hay right behind and some mild black pepper in the background. The strength was just below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a nice cedar and pepper spice profile. There are some faint tobacco and earth notes present, and the finish is that of coffee and cream. Nice bit of wood on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: The first third begins with sweet tobacco, wood to follow and medium-full pepper on the finish, which progresses up to full strength on the post draw. That pepper calms down to medium strength by a quarter inch into the review, with creamy tobacco moving into the center of the profile. By an inch in, mild chocolate has joined the retrohale. As the first third continues, sweet tobacco joins the finish. I find the first third pretty aggressive with the flavor notes, which matches the full bodied nature of the Blackened line.

Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the toast level increases a bit. At a half inch in, a burning construction paper notes joins the middle of the profile. The retrohale keeps the toasted cedar and earth but sees a bit more black pepper than before. At an inch in, the black pepper picks up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with construction paper and black pepper in the middle and some light hay in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.
Seth: The second third continues to deliver that cream and tobacco profile. Bits of pepper spice present with earth and cedar. Hay and leather are present as well with wood on the finish. Still, medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy wood greets me in the second third with wood and pepper teaming up through the finish. The pepper is at medium strength, lingering through the post draw between each puff. Light plus strength chocolate returns to the retrohale as the second third settles in. Moving towards the halfway point, the pepper has fallen down to light plus strength. In the bottom half, the profile is largely wood driven.

Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, some wood/construction paper bitterness becomes present. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth with a lightly zingy black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with construction paper and black pepper in the middle and hay and wood/construction paper bitterness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third is a continuation of the first and second. Cream with some tobacco profiles present. Pepper spice with earth and cedar. Hay and leather present with some coffee as well. Medium in strength and body.
John: The last third gets going with creamy wood, and a combination of wood and sweet tobacco into the post draw. After a few puffs, the pepper is back, this time at mild accent levels. As the last third continues, the post draw is largely defined by lingering wood as the pepper falls to a background note. Some tannins join the wood on the post draw by the halfway point.

Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout, and the ash held on in inch and three quarter increments.
Seth: Perfect construction from beginning to end.
John: The burn had some minor waviness through the first third, becoming uneven into the second third. The burn self corrected and had some waviness through the second and last thirds.

Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw. Well made cigar.
John: The draw was somewhat into the resistant spectrum, roughly 2-1/2 to 3 notches which puts it in the good category.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, earth, hay and mild black pepper. The second third saw a burning construction paper note join in. The final third saw a light wood/construction paper bitterness join in the background. The construction was absolutely perfect. The Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto had an average flavor profile throughout. The core components of toasted cedar, earth and black pepper were pretty linear and the added construction paper note didn’t really help the profile. This cigar seems like a typical lower price Connecticut that had the construction paper and hay notes that better versions blend out. Not a cigar I’d see myself coming back to.
Seth: I love the Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto. This is a great Connecticut release, and one with a fantastic price too. I will smoke tons of these this summer, and I will easily smoke through a box of these while at the beach. Great flavors with a nice strength and body level. You really can’t ask for more from a Connecticut of this nature. It’s not intended to be super elegant like some Connecticut releases, but just really good at a great price.
John: The Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto started with aggressive flavors, primarily backed by pepper in the first third, which eventually calmed down. The second third was pleasant, largely becoming wood forward by the halfway point. The last third was similarly pleasant with the flavor combinations not matching the same engagement as the first third. The burn had some waviness to it but otherwise was perfect, while the draw was somewhat into the resistant spectrum. Overall, the Drew Estate Blackened S84 Shade to Black Robusto was a pretty medium-full to full bodied offering that was pleasant to smoke but didn’t otherwise stand out for me in terms of flavor offerings. I’d reach for this if I wanted a Connecticut with some serious strength. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.74

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$1.40

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$1.72

Scoring System

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