Sunday, November 2, 2014

November's Cigar of the Month: Norteno (because I like the band. Shush, you!)

Sometimes* I like shiny things. Okay, most of the time. But there are those moments when I prefer something a little more L.L. Bean and less Bob Mackie.

This is a perfect combination of both, don't you think? [source]

So in a sea of shiny bands at Mr. J's Havana not too long ago, this box of Herrera Esteli Norteno stood out:
 
I love the way they stand at attention.

I was all, "La la la, we need these, Valentino!" (Full disclosure: I had also been seeing these pop up on different Facebook groups, so my interest was mildly piqued. But really, the box and band did it for me at that very moment. It kind of reminds me of wood paneling and that 1970s green that I so adore.)

Valentino actually smoked one of these, like, the next day. That means his excitement level hovered on the high side as well; usually he'll tuck away new sticks until he deems the moment best--and no formula exists when trying to determine when said moment becomes best. Next-day stuff like this always throws me off--I thought I'd figured out his pattern!!**

What was he going to do? Put up a fight? As if...

So...here are some things you might want to know:

Willy Herrera is Drew Estate's master blender

"Norteño" comes from a term used to refer to people in the northern part of Nicaragua,
where Estelí is located. [source]

The band features Nicaragua's national bird, the Guardabarranco.
(Words like that make me thankful I'm a writer and not an orator.
Nooooo idea how to say that. And I'm way too shy to try!) [source]

According to CI, "This full-bodied firecracker is no joke, boasting long-fillers from the fertile Nicaraguan growing regions of Jalapa and Esteli, both known for producing bold n’ hearty tobaccos. A Honduran binder cloaks these leaves with an oily San Andres Maduro wrapper draped over top. This long-anticipated release delivers bold notes of pepper and chocolate that endure to the finish and are backed by hints of cashew, cocoa, and espresso. Powerful, ultra-flavorful, and satisfying to the last puff."

I will admit that maybe, just maybe, I knew this cigar was full-bodied before I saw it at our tobacconist's place.  And maybe, just maybe, I knew Valentino's tastes run more medium than full. And maybe, just maybe, I forced the purchase anyway, because 1. I am evil; 2. I had a sneaking suspicion he would like it based on the flavor profile; 3. Box and band--box and BAND! (Only one of these is true. Okay, maybe two. Sometimes all three.)


So the other day, when we were picking up the J Grotto Anniversary prize cigars, I figured you all might like a couple for yourself! And that's a brief glimpse into how we choose the Cigar of the Month to give away--in summary, no rhyme or reason whatsoever. But then again, that's about how we roll across the board!***** Yay us!



How to win the Cigar of the Month:

Comment on this post to be entered to win.  (Be sure to leave your email address so we can get in touch with you!) Want a second chance? Subscribe to our blog posts by email--over there on the right side of the blog.***

The winner will be chosen on the 25th of each month--because my birthday is on the 25th (of December; be sure to mark your calendars), and what better way to count down to the blessed event than to give something away?

So! Comment below. Wheeeee!




*Most times. All times.

**Grrrrr.

***And doing that also puts you in the running for the cool ashtray.****

****Which will surely include other stuff as well.  Because that's how do it.

*****Poor Valentino. When I met him, everything was planned and organized and everything had a place. Now, we run willy-nilly, much to his chagrin. And stuff still has a place, but stuff is rarely in that place.

44 comments:

  1. I'm in.....never had these before!
    Saphoems13@aol.com

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  2. would love to try these
    brentmus@gmail.com

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  3. Always up for your blog and a good cigar. Thanks for the contest Penny! Myoung0408@yahoo.com

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  4. They look amazing cigaraficionado@yahoo.com

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  5. I'd love to give these a try! cvconrad@gmail.com

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  6. I would love to try this cigar! fgermaine07@yahoo.com

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  8. Very cool! I got to try the pre-release of this cigar and am dying to try the release version! Fingers toes and more crossed! Thanks for the contest!!!
    gruntman@gmail.com

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  9. Oh yeah! I have been looking to try them! None of my local B&Ms have them!
    criddick@gmail.com

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  10. gillianerin77@gmail.com Absolutely interested! Thank you :)

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  11. Been dying to try these thanks for the contest RLombardi2@cox.net

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  12. I hear they are great, but I have not had the chance to try one yet.
    sgwhitmer@gmail.com

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  13. Would be awesome to win always wanted to give these a try ppyb007@gmail.com

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  14. Would love to try these, jaychoi3469@gmail.com and thank you for the opportunity

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  15. They look so delicious! I can't wait to try one for myself.
    Jroach7998@gmail.com

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  16. Im game! I'm a true blue Drew Estate fan and need some Norteno love in my life. <<<-pick this guy!

    Josh Anderson Ky_janderson@Yahoo.com

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  17. I would love one, I'm a big fan of drew estate's stuff and I have been wanting to try one. ffiltar@gmail.com

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  18. Entertaining read! I haven't enjoyed one yet but would be happy to return fire with a photo of this leaf-lover trying one for the first time :)
    jcarrier02@yahoo.com

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    1. We chose two winners!! And you're one of them!! Congratulations!! (Now I have to break it to Valentino that I'm swiping more of his cigars! Shhhh!

      I sent you an email too! Check it out!

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  19. My wife picks cigars for me by how much she likes the band! She's actually done pretty good too. I'm rarely disappointed. I haven't found nortena yet, would love to try one.
    Bmaggio27@gmail.com

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  20. I would love to light one of these up after I receive my degree next month. Deneesalazar@hotmail.com

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    1. We chose two winners!! You're one of them!! Congratulations! I sent you an email too!

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  21. These are Wonderful!! michael5116@gmail.com

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  22. I would love to give them a shot!!! loganmr4@gmail.com

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  23. I want to try those :) mr.wirkus@comcast.net

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  24. look great, would love to try those
    othrsde@hotmail.com

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  25. Fantastic smoke, I was given one by Willie Herrara and I loved it, it would be nice to have some more to enjoy. vwarnerjr@gmail.com

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  26. Have been looking forward to these. Haven't had the chance to try one yet.
    Denvershoeshine@gmail.com

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  27. A lot of buzz going around about these cigars. Can't wait to get a hold of one! Good luck to all! grangerdustin@yahoo.com

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  28. Always down to try a new smoke redneck_rebel_76@yahoo.com

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  30. These are just superior in all aspects! I could use some good in my life. A box, or any, Norteno would be a great start!
    toddskidmore@aol.com

    Thanks you all rock!

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  31. Lol....love this post!
    Teetee309@aol.com

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  32. Would Love to Try This One. Thanks for doing this. jerry.snider@hotmail.com

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  33. I'd love to try these out. Thanks for the contest. My email is wayne42186@gmail.com

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  34. Enjoyed the pre-release Nortenos from Willie - I think they are his best ever!

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  35. Would love to try these! cruelintent99@gmail.com

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  36. I want one... just one!
    euritt@gmail.com

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  37. Thank you for the little backstory on this cigar. I would love to try this cigar. Thanks for the chance. soupersport@hamilton.net

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  39. Only smoked two, but they get my vote for the top ten of 2014.
    smokem1958@gmail.com

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  40. I love this cigar! Only had the opportunity to have one so far but can't wait to find more. sean_worley@hotmail.com

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