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Herrera Estelí Limited Edition Lanceros Returning This Summer

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Another round of Herrera Estelí Lanceros will be arriving on the shelves of Drew Diplomat Program retailers this summer.

Today, the company announced that the Herrera Estelí Connecticut Broadleaf Lancero is scheduled to begin shipping in June, while the Herrera Estelí Habano Lancero will be available in August. Both cigars measure 7 x 38 and are offered in 15-count boxes with an MSRP of $194.24, or about $12.95 per cigar.

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“Lanceros are certainly not as popular as large ring gauge cigars, but they have a cult following amongst the most educated cigar geeks who love majestic capa leaf, what I call the ‘oro’ of the plant,” said Jonathan Drew via a press release. “Everyone knows that Willy blends spectacular lanceros.”

The Herrera Estelí Habano Lancero debuted in April 2014, while the Herrera Estelí Connecticut Broadleaf Lancero first appeared in September 2020. The former uses the original Herrera Estelí blend, meaning an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over a Honduran binder and Nicaraguan fillers, while the latter uses a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Brazilian mata fina binder, and Nicaraguan filler.

“The Lancero size is the one vitola where you get to experience the real essence of a cigar’s blend and savor the truest taste of all of the cigar’s individual components,” added Willy Herrera, Drew Estate’s master blender, via a press release. “In larger sizes, where there is proportionally more binder and filler leaf in the blend, a wrapper’s flavor profile might be masked a little bit. A lancero brings out the intensity of all the tobaccos’ flavor. I always prefer to smoke a lancero when I can, and I wanted to make sure fans of Herrera Estelí could enjoy the same experience.”

The cigars are produced at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua. While both are described as limited editions, the company has not disclosed production numbers.

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