Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 Named Halfwheel’s Cigar of the Year


Our friends at have recently unveiled their Top 25 Cigars of 2018 and our partners at Joya de Nicaragua have topped the list with their Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 ranking well… Number 1! Drew Estate also had a strong showing on the list with the Herrera Esteli Inktome Exception and the Liga Privada No. 9 Corona Viva at 16 and 17 respectively.

Patrick Lagreid of Halfwheel writes,” While Joya de Nicaragua is well known for its fuller-bodied offerings, the company earns the top spot on our list with elegance, complexity, balance and refinement, while still delivering some of the signature pepper for which many of its other blends are known. It is a true shame that this cigar was so limited in its availability, but for those that got to enjoy it, it may well have been the highlight of the summer, if not the year. Thankfully the Clásico line offers a similar vitola as well as several other sizes to explore.”

Regarding the Herrera Esteli Inktome Exception, “the balanced profile that produced a plethora flavors that worked together to bring this cigar to the number 16 spot on our list.”

Finally, regarding the #17 Cigar of the Year, the Liga Privada No. 9 Corona Viva, Charlie Minato finds, ” it’s a good reminder that over a decade later, Liga Privada can still be one of the best cigars on the market.”

This is a tremendous and humbling honor for both Drew Estate and Joya de Nicaragua! Thank you Halfwheel!

About Drew Estate

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Isla del Sol, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Larutan by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, Florida Sun Grown, and Java by Drew Estate.

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