The Pope of Greenwich Village, the Drew Estate creation that’s the latest addition to Smoke Inn’s Microblend Series, made its debut on Saturday, though it will be a few more weeks before it’s officially ready for the public.
The cigar first came to light in mid-December when the South Florida retailer announced that Marvin Samel and Jonathan Drew were scheduled to be the guests at The Great Smoke VIP Dinner, the event where a new cigar has been unveiled for the past several years. At the time, neither side said much about the cigar, though Abe Dababneh, proprietor of Smoke Inn, told halfwheel that it would be a 6 x 40 corona vitola. This week, Drew Estate issued a press release with details of the new cigar.
The blend uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper with a Connecticut stalk cut habano binder and Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaragua fillers. Willy Herrera created the blend, and in via a press release said that the cigar will appeal to fans of Drew Estate’s other maduro blends, including Undercrown, Nica Rustica, MUWAT, and Liga Privada. “Anyone who has smoked cigars that I’ve blended knows I like spice, but I didn’t go overboard here. The blend is balanced, bold, and just really good. The small ring gauge definitely amplifies the flavor, and I think this is a winner.”
When it’s released this spring, the MSRP for the 10-pack will be $85.00, with a single cigar price of $8.50.
Dababneh added that “I’m very excited to have my friends at Drew Estate joining us in Smoke Inn’s Microblend series. Drew Estate’s new Microblend has been a long time coming, but it was worth the wait. They really delivered with the ‘Pope of Greenwich Village’. This is a great cigar: meaty, earthy, and tasty.”