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Being Drew Estate

Jonathan Drew, Marvin Samel and Drew Estate make cigars their own way
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Jim Belushi, November/December 2010

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Looking Ahead

Drew Estate has its eyes on other businesses outside of cigars. This summer it put its Acid brand on a line of tobacco used to fill hookahs, which is known as shisha (or sheesha). At press time it started shipping Acid Shisha by Starbuzz, a brand made by the priciest producer of shisha tobacco on the market. Once smoked strictly in the Middle East, hookahs are hot among the younger aficionado crowd. "It used to be 100 percent ethnic," says Drew, "now the market has changed—it's 10 percent ethnic."

Drew Estate was built on big dreams, and the cigar guys behind it have plans to be even larger. At full capacity, the factory could produce almost twice what it's doing now, some 130,000 cigars a day. And the company is considering expanding across the street, with another 30,000 feet of space for tobacco processing.

"I had a brand that was a blockbuster, but it wasn't built for the purist. It was built for a nontraditional smoker," says Drew. "While it is true that the company has grown into a ‘real' business, the romance and intrigue of tobacco continues to be the dominating factor that pushes Drew Estate forward. The Liga Privada brand was the first substantial step toward fully utilizing our experience in tobacco and capabilities at the Gran Fabrica. I think that it is safe to say that this is the direction we will be heading in as we continue into 2011 and beyond."

The guys who make cigars their own way have no plans to change.


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Comments   11 comment(s)

Robert Martin — Flushing, New York, Queens,  —  September 30, 2011 6:41pm ET

the BAD BOYZ of cigars


Lloyd Mira-Fuentes December 28, 2011 8:27am ET

I absolutely LOVE Drew Estate. I went from being a "Habanos snob" to a Drew Estate fan-for-life just from trying a Tabak Especial a couple of weeks ago! I am a HUGE fan of "smooth" cigars because I hate harsh cigars & I avoid them like the plague! Here's to the Drew Estate Empire! VIVA DREW ESTATE!!!


Raymond Alva — Riverside, CA, USA,  —  January 4, 2012 4:36am ET

They definatley have my vote!!


jwterry1962@yahoo.com February 25, 2012 2:24am ET

The real deal. There's not a better HUMAN BEING alive than Jonathan Drew. Steve once asked me for my address, because I had my first cracking wrapper in a Drew Estate cigar, after smoking hundreds! The President willing to replace ONE cigar! (I passed, it smoked and tasted perfectly). Stand up guys who love cigars and the Brothers and Sisters of The Leaf who smoke them... whether you smoke DE products or not. They are everything that is good about the cigar industry, business in general, and the epitome of the American dream.


jwterry1962@yahoo.com February 25, 2012 2:25am ET

The real deal. There's not a better HUMAN BEING alive than Jonathan Drew. Steve once asked me for my address, because I had my first cracking wrapper in a Drew Estate cigar, after smoking hundreds! The President willing to replace ONE cigar! (I passed, it smoked and tasted perfectly). Stand up guys who love cigars and the Brothers and Sisters of The Leaf who smoke them... whether you smoke DE products or not. They are everything that is good about the cigar industry, business in general, and the epitome of the American dream.


JONATHAN DREW — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  May 9, 2012 8:23pm ET

Wu Tang (again) ... GOTCHA.

JD


Habiger75 June 5, 2012 12:39am ET

Been buying and smoking Acid for a dozen years. Have not found another cigar I would rather smoke day in day out besides Acid. Have over 1000 Acid's in my humidor right now.


john a. wright jr. — gloucester, ma, us,  —  July 22, 2012 12:22pm ET

I am in love with the blondies. Very interesting article. I am glad to see the dedication these folks put into their smokes, it truley shows through the end product.


James Poland Jr — Branchland , West Virginia, United States,  —  September 22, 2012 8:11pm ET

Would it be ok to keep the ACIDS in the same humidor with the rest of my non infused cigars?


Erik Molnar — Yakima, WA, USA,  —  December 29, 2013 3:13pm ET

Love all the Drew Estate lines. Great company and great cigars.


Frank Elliott — Duluth, Georgia, USA,  —  June 8, 2014 8:24pm ET

I have not smoke a cigar Drew Estates makes that I did not like.


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