Drew Estate Trip
Drew Estate Cigar Safari, Wow! Gregg and I just returned from a four day, three night stay with Jonathan Drew of Drew Estate in Estelle Nicaragua. Again, WOW! What a beautiful place to learn even more about cigars and the success of “The Rebirth of the Cigar.” We were honored to spend time with Jonathan a very humble man and meet the people behind the scenes. You all know and love Fabien and how much he has done to bring us to this brand of cigar, but there are so many more; Jesse the artist, a big teddy bear is amazing, a master of creativity, (love the pink shirt Jesse,) our tour guide and Nicaraguan resident, Pedro, who taught himself English to do this because he believed in Drew Estate. It’s encouraging to see what Drew Estate and so many other cigar manufacturers do for their country. But a couple, like Drew Estate, seem to go above and beyond and you can feel the love.
Jonathan took us through the 2nd largest plant (by two square feet) plantation, where they do everything from beginning to end, other than grow the tobacco themselves, that coming soon (can you say group trip?) . We were also able to visit the man himself, Orlando Padron at the Padron plant, where we witnessed Orlando rave about “the man,” Jonathan Drew. Remember people, he’s not one of their own, but because of the way he has embraced their country, their needs, beliefs and the dedication to the history of the cigar, he has been embraced by one of the all-time great families in this business. Check out the pictures in the gallery. I hope you enjoy them!
Count me in for the group trip. I am not going to pass up that opportunity.
I think we missed it this round Bill. Maybe next year we can both tag along for one of these trips.
You are both encouraged to attend the next trip, and yes there will be a store trip. This was one of the most amazing things I have ever done for so many different reasons. Of course the ceegars, but the people we met, places we saw, stories we heard. Through the roof guys. If I remember correctly the can hold 16 or 17 so first come first served and we have it in wiriting you guys were first. Jonathan Drew is a class act and I want as many people that can meet him to do so. It changes the way you feel about cigars, if possible you’ll enjoy them even more.