Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

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Cigar Details: Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
  • Blender: Willy Herrera
  • Price: $6.50
  • Release Date: November 2023
  • Source: Drew Estate

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe is medium tan and has some tinges of green. There are a couple of raised veins present and then a network of fine veins. The seams are smooth and the caps are decently applied. The band is burgundy, white and bronze and denotes the line name with the company below it. The aroma from the wrapper is musty hay and earth, while the foot brings cedar, musty hay and light earth. The pre-light draw brings musty hay and black tea.
Seth: Rough looking Connecticut, but let’s be realistic with what we are looking at. This Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe is an affordable cigar! Firm throughout and finished with a gritty texture. Coloring is that of Claro to Natural. Faded brown coloring. Exposed to the sun for some time. Aromas of rich spices, cedar, earth and tobacco.
John: The Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe comes in cellophane, and has a UPC sticker with cigar information and a tear space to remain intact when the cellophane is opened. There is a single cigar band. I weighed the cigar at 13.8 grams and measured the humidity with the HumidiMeter Pro at 62.4%. Aromas from the wrapper include sweet tobacco, wood and mild barnyard. Out of the foot, I’m picking out sweet hay, wood and tobacco.
Jiunn: The Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe has a claro wrapper shade. The wrapper is fragile, with already a couple nicks (QC or delivery mishap, hopefully the latter). Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas provide abundant cedar and aromatic black tea.

Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and cinnamon forward baking spice. At a quarter inch in, the baking spice transitions to a dull black pepper. At three quarters of an inch, some earth joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, a light mustiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted and light musty cedar with black pepper and earth a bit behind. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some classic cream and cedar notes. Faint coffee with earth and soft warm spices. Nice finish of tobacco and hay. Medium in strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions are sweet wood, hay and a creamy, dry wood to finish. Creamy wood comes through the retrohale out of the gate as the finish replicates the main draw with dry wood along with sweetness. Moving towards the halfway point, a mild chocolate breaks into the retrohale.
Jiunn: The flavor profile starts with toasted cedar. After about a quarter inch in, the profile opens up quite a bit. There’s also citrus, soft bread and tannin layered mixed nuts. Retrohaling gives a nice wave of dried pepper spice and minerals. The finish is lengthy, with the same tannins layered mixed nuts. Strength and body is medium.

Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, some chalkiness joins the profile. At a half inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit. The retrohale is toasted and light musty cedar and earth with mild black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper is now pretty mild. As the third comes to a close, the toasted and lightly musty cedar is just ahead of the earth with the black pepper and chalkiness in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.
Seth: The second third is fairly in line with that of the first. Bits of creaminess with cedar and coffee. Some earth and warm spices. Medium in strength and body.
John: The second third is initially creamy wood, dry wood through the center, as a mild chocolate settles underneath. The post draw is defined by dry, tannic wood at light plus strength. I don’t find anything else to remark on until the cigar is almost at the halfway point where sweetness joins the retrohale.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile holds strong. There’s slightly more pepper spice influence on the mouth draws as well as a consistent creamed cherry note. The tannins are becoming more prevalent but it’s not a bad taste, as the other flavors are more dominant. Strength and body remains medium.

Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toasted and light musty cedar is now even with the earth up front. At a half inch in, a light vegetal note joins the profile. The retrohale is now toasted and musty cedar, earth with light amounts of chalkiness and black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the musty, toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with black pepper, vegetal note and chalkiness in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.
Seth: The final third shows some improvement over the second third. Nothing dramatic, but noticeable and a return to the first third. Tobacco, cream, hay and cedar notes. Faint coffee with earth and soft warm spices on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: Moving into the last third with sweet wood, some spices in the center and a background chocolate as mild, dry wood takes up the post draw. The profile remains stable with this combination of flavors for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: The final third lulls. All the flavors become less full, making it also more generic and less enjoyable. But for $6.50, I am not complaining at all. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was straight throughout, and the ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Perfect burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight through the first third, becoming uneven in the second third and then straightening out through the last third.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw is a mild amount into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches which rates as a very good draw.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and cinnamon forward baking spice. The baking spice transitioned to black pepper fairly quickly. Some earth joined a bit later and some mustiness after that. The second third saw some chalkiness join in. The final third saw a vegetal note join in. Construction was absolutely perfect. The Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe had a nice start, with a good combination of flavors. The profile dropped a level in the second third as the chalkiness joined in and the black pepper mellowed and maintained that level the rest of the way. This cigar is quite affordable and I could see it doing really well with the budget crowd. It didn’t provide a good enough experience for me to want to come back to it with any real frequency though.
Seth: I like to smoke Connecticuts in the summer. While at home, or on vacation at the beach, I usually go for a Connecticut offering. I think Connecticuts smoke great in the summer Southern months. Especially at the beach. I can’t say that for maduros. Because of that, I don’t smoke Illusione Rothchildes at the beach. I don’t care how great they are priced, they don’t smoke well at the beach. I will smoke a ton of these though! This is better than the Rothschildes CT, and for the price is better than a lot of other stuff as well. Yes, I still want some more complexity and flavors in my Connecticut offerings, and I will smoke those cigars, but this Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe is a Connecticut release for under $7.00 in 2024! Don’t be an idiot.
John: The Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe had an interesting and stand out first third for me, and then stabilized into pleasant and balanced but not dynamic for the remainder of the review. The burn was perfect while the draw was just a step down from perfect as it was slightly into the resistant spectrum. If you didn’t factor in the price point, this is an above average cigar. I think given the current cigar market this represents a decent offering for a value price. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 41 minutes.
Jiunn: Early on in FQ1 of reviews, looks like I already found my bang for the buck cigar of the year with this Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe. I have fond memories of the original Chateau Real from my early days of cigar smoking. I’m happy to say this re-release did not disappoint and actually was a nice delight to smoke. Well done team DE.

Aaron
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John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.07

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Seth Geise

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$0.95

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$1.09

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$0.95

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Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Chateau Real Crystale Deluxe

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