Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

  • Rh- 69% for 7 weeks
  • MSRP – $322 box of 10
  • Smoke Time – 52 minutes
  • Wrapper – Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder – Honduran
  • Filler – Nicaraguan
  • Length- 4.7
  • Ring Gauge- 48

Initial Reactions and Appearance

Two cigars were smoked for this review. The construction of the cigar is top notch due to there being no major veins running through and no soft spots or imperfections on the wrapper. The cigar smells of leather and spice.  The longest ash I was able to achieve was less than half an inch, which was less than ideal when trying to enjoy the beginning flavors. Herrera Esteli Norteno Corona Extra went out once during my smoke, but luckily the flavors did not suffer because of it. No canoeing occurred during the smoke.

First Third

Herrera Esteli Norteno is a spice bomb right from the start. The initial notes are full of pepper and spice with a little bit of leather mixed in for good measure. Complex and delicious, Herrera Esteli Norteno starts off with a promising first third.

Second Third

The second third of the cigar eases up on the spiciness and begins to shift toward the sweeter and creamier side of the spectrum, and though the draw is a little tight, it didn’t ruin the overall smoke.

Final Third

Guess what’s back? The spice and pepper from the beginning of the smoke push the sweetness aside and make their presence known once again. The flavor on this stick is amazing, and if you can get a box at a good price, then it’s a no-brainer.