Drew Estate

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AndrewCern
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
Not a single aspect of the Cigar Safari with Drew Estates can be aptly described without the qualifying phrase, "Like Kings". We ate like kings, drank like kings, slept like kings, and smoked like kings. The only thing preventing the previous list from continuing is my earnest desire to share the breadth of the experience, even if it's just a taste of what was shared with my group. Though we were the last visitors of the safari season, not a single effort was spared in order to provide us with a superior experience; the reason I can only be sure that preceding groups weren't treated better than us, due to the fact that if they were, they never would have left.

Aside from the bountiful cigars, and luxuriously appointed lounges, our time spent at La Gran Fabrica was suffuse with the history of not only tobacco in the region, but the boundlessly beautiful Nicaragua, itself. The people accepted us with open arms, even accepting without reserve our prying eyes and flashing cameras as they went about their work. Yet, even with that understanding, you will be wholly unprepared for the level of consideration and service that the lodging staff provide you. The chefs created new, incredible samplings of regional cuisine for every single meal and were quick to explain dishes and accommodate whatever special dietary needs that visitors had. The housekeeping staff kept all public areas immaculate, and smelling beautiful, no easy feat considering the massive amounts of smoking; the only thing more impressive was there delicate treatment of sleeping quarters, every day the bed was freshly made, new towels were added to the room, ash trays were polished, and personal effects were organized without being intrusive (I mean, they folded clothes that I left out, where else does that happen)? Not to mention, the Subculture Studio worked overtime to customize a mountain of personal items brought to the premises and helped people select items to purchase locally if they neglected to bring anything.

The stand-outs are, of course, Henry, Edward, and Jessi. Along with sharing their incredible stories, and overseeing the tours of various facilities, Henry and Jessi brought their vast amounts of knowledge to bear to educate us not only about Drew Estates, but the cigar industry as a whole, from supply-side to marketing; and added a warm, casual attitude that instantly ingratiated them to the entire group I was with. Edward on the other hand, was our majordomo, making sure that our every need that fell outside of other staff responsibilities was met. Lighter not working? He's on it. Out of rum? Here's a new bottle. Haven't tried a cigar? I found you one. He even went into town on several occasions to acquire pharmaceuticals and items of special request almost every day. You can tell that it's this attitude of cooperation and customer appreciation that informs the company, and these three keep the staff in their areas reaching to continually greater levels of excellence.

Reading this review back to myself, I understand how unbelieveable it must sound, but I can't help but come away feeling like I am understating the absolute joy that my trip has been.

So please, eliminate "if" from your vocabulary as it pertains to this absolute adventure, do yourself a favor and come live this experience.
Written December 6, 2016
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Tanya L
Milwaukee, WI80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Ladies - do not hesitate to make this trip. My husband and I made this trip together. He is lucky that I am always up for an adventure and that I enjoy a good cigar. Things to know when traveling to Nicaragua during the dry season.
#1. It. Is. Hot. We flew out of frigid Chicago early on day one. I was dressed in Wisconsin clothes. When we landed in sizzling Managua that afternoon I was melting. My advice - change to your summer wear in Miami.
#2 The Estate is serene. There were many things I loved about this trip, but the best part was the silence. No traffic noise, no sirens, no hustle and bustle, very few "modern" distractions. If you are suffering from executive function overload, your mind will calm down by dinner time. In the immortal words of Aaron Rodgers, that would be the Green Bay Packer's esteemed QB, "just R-E-L-A-X."
#3 The Cigar Safari is no place for glitz and glamour, it's a place for sunscreen and bug spray. The tours keep you moving and the factories have very few areas that are air conditioned. And I never saw an elevator. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that can stand up to a little schmutz and sweat.
#4 You will learn about more than just cigars. Henry and Edward guided us through Drew Estate. Their passion extends beyond cigars and is evident as they provide the narrative to the history of how Drew Estate came to be; how the cigar tradition came to Nicaragua; and the history of Nicaragua itself.
#5 The Subculture Studio, founded by Miami native Jessie Flores, is a team of artists who will do custom work during the course of your stay. Jessie is not only an accomplished artist, he is masterful storyteller. Their work makes great souvenirs. They will give life to the most basic objects. Their work is incredible (check their Facebook page) and there is no limit to what they will use as a canvas for their work. Things that were done during our stay included: shirts, humidors, a pair of woman's stilettos, a toy goat, and dart board cabinet doors. They are true artists with great vision.
#6 Eat dessert. Every meal was expertly prepared and served buffet style on the gorgeous pool-side patio. Each meal features fresh fruit or salad, two protein options, usually chicken and pork, and a starch such as rice, potatoes, or chips. Don't be shy, the chef observes and appreciates a good appetite.
#7 During down time, take advantage of the well appointed guest house commons. A cigar buffet is available 24/7 in the living area. A fridge stocked full of water, coke, coca cola light (not American Diet Coke) and Nicaragua's premier beer, Tona will keep you hydrated. On top of the fridge is a magical bottle of Fleur de Cana rum that seems to refill itself between breakfast and lunch.
#8 The people you experience this safari with will become new friends.
#9 The Long Ash contest is not for the faint of heart or casual cigar smoker.
#10 Drew Estate delivers a first class experience for all of its guests.
Written May 1, 2017
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cockers2luv
United States710 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
If you are lucky enough to be able to tour Drew Estate, you will be amazed. This place is incredible. It is the largest cigar factory in all of Nicaragua and probably Central America. The place is built to American standards and they have gone out of their way to take care of their employees and make it an enjoyable place to work. Beautiful murals all over the place, the artists are incredible and safety is paramount.

Henry leads the tours for the Cigar Safari's and he is incredible! Extremely knowledgeable, speaks good English, has a lot of enthusiasm for the company. The Cigar Safari's are incredible and sell out within 2 days of being announced. Don't miss it, you will learn so much and come away with a new appreciation of what goes into a cigar! They take you through the whole process from the aging of the tobacco to the rolling and packaging.
Written March 11, 2015
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AngyeFox
Tampa, FL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
From the moment you begin the Cigar Safari experience you are baptized in the Drew Estate culture. We were greeted on the Cigar Safari bus by Henry Pineda, our tour guide. Henry over the next few days filled our brains with valuable cigar knowledge, tickled us with his humor and blew us away with his passion for everything DE. Then we met creative genius Jessi Flores who went from street punk graffiti artist to head of the most prominent marketing giant in the cigar industry as manager of Subculture Studios. Bring with you shirts, hats, travel humidors, lunch box, whiskey bottle, skateboard, whatever you can pack in your luggage to be customized by this amazing design team with your own Drew Estate souvenir. You are limited only by your own imagination. The true highlight of the Cigar Safari was blending my own cigars. One at the Joya de Nicaragua factory where I created the secretly smooth with a kick Sly Fox and then at the Drew Estate factory where I blended the spicy FireFox. (Hint, contains a 1/4 leaf of Kentucky Fire Cured tobacco). I got to bring home ten cigars of each which I let rest for a few months in my humidor. Finally, as a devout Catholic, I was truly touched by all the statues of Virgin Mary and Jesus on display throughout the Cigar Safari compound. I was truly blessed to be baptized in the Drew Estate culture.
Written May 15, 2018
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KAvegas
Las Vegas, NV12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
I had heard all the hype and was fortunate enough to win a ticket to Safari 2018 from the good folks at Cigar Auctioneer. From the moment Henry and crew picks you up on the Safari bus, you are 100% immersed in the culture and lifestyle of Nicaragua. If you are a new cigar smoker or a seasoned vet, this trip is an absolute must for your bucket list. The only bad part of the whole trip was it had to end! The memories and the friendships made will last a lifetime.
Written May 9, 2018
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brentamark
Las Vegas, NV1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
This makes my second trip to Esteli Nicaragua, Drew Estate and the Cigar Safari. First, if you are a cigar lover, even slightly, this is a must-do on your bucket list. The cigars are phenomenal and the understanding you will take with you will give you a newfound appreciation for the process, the work that goes into each cigar, but most of all - the people. And that is my second and really main point. This trip is more than a great time and an opportunity to smoke great cigars. You learn about the culture and history of Nicaragua and the wonderful people. Hands down it is this that makes the trip go above and beyond expectations. From Jessi Flores and the Subculture Studios you will get to see incredible works of art and you can bring come back with you. With Henry Pineda and Edward Solorzano you will be in great hands learning about Nicaragua, the people, the cigar industry, and down to the feel, flavor, and characteristics of a tobacco leaf. With great facilities, incredible hosts, and great food, this trip has everything you need to make sure you learn, have fun, and have a great time with great cigars.
After two trips in back to back years, I am no less excited and hopeful that I will get a chance to go again next year. It is worth it. Thanks to all of the family at Drew Estate for giving me such a wonderful experience - TWICE!!
Written May 31, 2017
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vegastechie
Las Vegas, NV8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
For anyone who enjoys cigars (from six a day or one every once in awhile) this is the trip for you!

Cigarafication: you will learn all about the cigar making process from seed to finished product in your hand.

Food: Freaking Phenomenal!!!

Great people: you will hang with fellow cigar smokers, who of course are real salt of the earth type people.

History: You will learn the history of Tobacco in Nicaragua, and hear the history and inside stories of Drew Estate.

Art: Meet the innovative mind of Jessi who is responsible for all the Drew art. Even bring your own stuff to have painted.

Again- trip of a lifetime.

Of course it is the hardest ticket in town to obtain, but if you get a chance - GO!!!!


Written May 16, 2017
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LenninR
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
attention is bad. Little information, very bad working conditions, are greedy and also people that do not have enough time to attend to tourists. Do not go or in your dreams. Havanos poor quality.
Written July 17, 2012
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Cosmopolitan708787
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
This trip was truly amazing! So informative and such a unique experience. The estate is impressive with amazing views and really comfortable accommodations. You will want for nothing on this trip. The staff is really helpful and hats off to the chef! Our tour guides, Henry and Edward, were so much fun and super knowledgeable. It's a trip for anyone...even if you aren't a regular cigar smoker. Our friends, who are only occasional cigar smokers, joined us and they really enjoyed themselves. Would highly recommend to anyone even remotely interested in the cigar industry. It's also a great way to start a tour through Nicaragua. We learned so many tips and tricks for our continued journey through the country. Will most definitely come back in a few years with my family.
Written May 5, 2017
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Jeremy L
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Great trip, highly recommend it! Great way to learn about the cigar process and the service and attention was fantastic.
Written May 5, 2017
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