When I saw I had a company named “Drunk Chicken Cigars” on my list to cover, I had no idea what I was getting into except that I was excited to talk to a newcomer to the trade show. When I showed up at the booth, owner Desiree Sylver was exactly the kind of new manufacturer I wanted to talk to. She was enthusiastic, ready, and willing to talk about her company—so much so in fact, that by the time I showed up on day three, she was losing her voice. So what was she so excited to talk about? Let’s go over a little history about the brand and where it came from.

Sylver had been a long-time cigar smoker, but never really delved into the “what” that she was smoking until one day the “who” that had been choosing her cigars was no longer in the picture. The “when” and the “where” ended up being within the last couple of years at her local lounge, when she started asking the staff there “why” she did or didn’t like particular blends. A self-proclaimed data-obsessed researcher, Sylver started keeping a spreadsheet of all the different cigars she had smoked with their brand, sizes, what tobacco they used, and what she liked and didn’t like.

Eventually, that led to her finding a small Florida-based factory that started putting together some blends according to her personal tastes. Taking these blends to her friends back home, it was met with positive feedback — with the exception of the paper bands numbered 1, 2, or 3. They told her she couldn’t sell cigars with simple, numbered bands on them, so the decision was made to find a brand name and get some proper cigar bands. Her backyard bar was dubbed The Drunk Chicken after friends observed her pet chickens stumbling around the yard and called them drunk. So when the time came to choose a brand name, Drunk Chicken Cigars seemed like the only logical choice.

Drunk Chicken launched in 2019 with five different blends.

Drunk Chicken Cigars Drunk Chicken Original (DCO)

This is the cigar that Sylver originally commissioned to be made, thus the name.

  • Wrapper: Mexican
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Drunk Chicken Drunk Chicken Original (DCO) Gordo (6 x 60) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)
  • Drunk Chicken Drunk Chicken Original (DCO) Lancero (7 1/2 x 38) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)
  • Drunk Chicken Drunk Chicken Original (DCO) Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: 2019

Drunk Chicken Mother Clucker

The Mother Clucker is one of the four medium-strength blends the company offers.

  • Wrapper: Habano
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Ecuador
  • Drunk Chicken Drunk Mother Clucker Gordo (6 x 60) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)
  • Drunk Chicken Drunk Mother Clucker Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)
  • Drunk Chicken Drunk Mother Clucker Box Press Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: 2019

Drunk Chicken Cigars Living The Dream

Living The Dream is another medium-strength cigar that is described as spicy, creamy and earthy.

  • Wrapper: Habano
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Drunk Chicken Drunk Living The Dream Lancero (7 1/2 x 38) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)
  • Drunk Chicken Drunk Living The Dream Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: 2019

Drunk Chicken Egg-Treme

Originally released as a pre-release at an event hosted by Underground  Cigar Shop in Fort Worth, Texas, the Egg-Treme is now a PCA “Egg-clusive”. Yup, the chicken jokes keep coming.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano)
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
  • Drunk Chicken Egg-Treme (5 x 50) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2021

Drunk Chicken Fat Hen Torpedo

The Fat Hen Torpedo is a new size for the Fat Hen line, which was originally launched with a Gordo and a Shorty Torpedo.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano)
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Ecuador
  • Drunk Chicken Fat Hen Gordo (6 x 60) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)
  • Drunk Chicken Fat Hen Shorty Torpedo (4 x 60) — $9.50 (Box of 20, $190)
  • Drunk Chicken Fat Hen Torpedo (6 x 52) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Torpedo ships in July 2021, other two available now

Drunk Chicken Cigars Sweet Dreams

While we don’t have a picture of this one, this is the only mild-strength cigar on the list. Like the name would suggest, the tip is slightly sweetened and has a profile described as a sweet nutty chocolate, vanilla, and maple, with an undertone of spicy.

  • Wrapper: Connecticut
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Drunk Chicken Sweet Dreams Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)
  • Drunk Chicken Sweet Dreams Lancero (7 1/2 x 38) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: 2019

Drew Estate is the sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show

Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.