Cigar smokers who follow online message boards will most certainly know the word BOTL; not just for being the acronym of Brothers of the Leaf, but for being an online forum to discuss all things cigar and cigar lifestyle related.

In 2012 and 2013, there was also a series of cigars that bore the site’s name, now the Drew Estate is coming back.

“This project occupies a special place in our hearts at Drew Estate,” said Jonathan Drew, the company’s founder, via a press release. “Not only were we very active members on the BOTL forum since the beginning, but we were very involved with promoting it so that cigar heads worldwide could participate and connect. This is definitely a passion project that we dedicate to the great members who’ve been so good for the culture.”

The blend for this new release features a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Ecuadorian Connecticut binder and fillers from Nicaragua. The company is producing a new line that features the BOTL name and logo, releasing it in three sizes:

  • Drew Estate 2019 Corona (5 1/4 x 42) — $9.33 (Box of 15, $140)
  • Drew Estate 2019 Corona Gorda (6 x 46) — $10 (Box of 15, $150)
  • Drew Estate 2019 Lancero (7 x 38) — $10.67 (Box of 15, $160)

The cigar is being released exclusively to brick-and-mortar Drew Diplomat Retailer Program (DDRP) retailers and is scheduled to begin shipping in August after being on display at the upcoming IPCPR Convention & Trade Show. While it is described as a limited edition, the company is not disclosing production numbers.

The name has graced several cigars previously. The first came from Pinar del Río—now PDR Cigars—in 2010, with a follow-up released in 2013. Drew Estate made cigars for the online community in 2012 and 2013. Those cigars were limited to just a single retailer.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.