Cigar Aficionado

Drew Estate Expanding In Nicaragua

Drew Estate is in the midst of expanding its already massive footprint in Estelí, Nicaragua. It’s constructing a state-of-the-art, pre-industry tobacco warehouse slated for completion by September.

The new warehouse will be located directly across the street from La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the large factory the company uses to roll such premium brands as Liga Privada, Herrera Esteli, Undercrown and Chateau Real, as well as its infused line of Acid cigars.

“This new tobacco facility, it’s going to be amazing,” said company co-founder Jonathan Drew, adding that the planning stage started sometime in August of 2012.

Drew explained that the new warehouse, which is approximately 64,000 square-feet, will be used for tobacco classification and sorting as well as tobacco fermentation, tasks that are now being done off-site. The new building, in other words, will boost the level of control the company has over how it processes and handles its extensive tobacco reserves.

The modern facility will be two stories, with sorting and classification set to take place on the second story, fermentation on the first. Directly below the second-floor sorting area will be space for fermenting pilónes, racks for storing finished bales and space for a couple of ultra-modern humidification drums.

Nicholas Melillo, executive vice president of international operations for Drew Estate, says the humidification drums, currently in use by the Oliva Tobacco Co. in Estelí, reduces the amount of time needed to properly humidify a tobacco leaf, in addition to increasing consistency. Each wheel, which is about 15 feet tall, can hold up to 2,000 pounds of tobacco leaves.

For more on this story, see tomorrow’s Cigar Insider.




"The Liga Privada no 9 Is my smoke! At the cigar shop that I frequent they call it a cigar smoker’s cigar. That couldn’t be more correct! Hard to get yes, but worth it so please keep them coming. " —March 20, 2013 12:47 PM
"Only in the last couple of months have I become aware of the Liga Pravada line; the No.9 and the T52. These are really excellent cigars! However, it seems that they are not that readily available. They are expensive but to me truly worth the price. Is the availability kept limited? Are they produced in small amounts? Please let me know the best source to go to when I want a really great smoke. Thank you. Richard Pagano, Franklin Lakes, NJ" —March 19, 2013 16:11 PM
"Looking forward to seeing all this when we visit on the 24th with Craig Cass!" —March 13, 2013 09:27 AM
"@Leslie Thank you for the compliments! We are excited for this new project to be complete." —March 12, 2013 12:51 PM
"I have enjoyed watching Jonathan, Marvin and the Drew Estates team grow their brands over the years. They continually push the envelope with new product launches with a very creative marketing strategy through packaging, viral communications through social media and promotions supporting their brands. The best of luck to all with this expansion." —March 12, 2013 11:51 AM