La Estancia Edición Exclusiva review by Don José

Hey team, Don José here back with another review.

Today we have the

La Estancia

by the Meerapfel family

If this is your first time here, my reviews rate each cigar on 10 factors and each factor gets a rating out of 10 giving me an overall out of 100. The 10 factors are: Construction, Draw, Burn, Flavour, 1/3 overall, 2/3 overall, 3/3 overall, Journey (how well it flows), Complexity & Value for money.


Released in 2014 this cigar's original release was a bit of a surprise to the cigar world, In 2018 this version we see today was released and the line was expanded a little.

let’s take a look at how this stick is put together.

This cigar is interesting for a couple of key reasons:

a) While you may not have heard of the brand, the family behind it are a big deal in the tobacco world and especially the cigar world.

b) It blends Cuban and non cuban tobaccos.... yip. Not just 'Cuban Seed' actual cuban tobacco mixed with non-cuban

c) Although the Meerapfel family are well known for producing the highest-quality African Cameroon tobacco, this cigar has absolutely no Cameroon tobacco in it! Its a Nicaraguan wrapper with an internal mix of tobaccos from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua, with no Cameroon to be found..

  • Brand: Meerapfel Family

  • Size: 6x60

  • Origin: Honduras

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua

  • Binder: n/a

  • Filler: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua,

Edición Exclusiva is described as the personal blend for the Meerapfel family, which is headed by brothers Jeremiah and Joshua. However, other than that, very little is known about the cigars, including blend, production numbers and where they are rolled.

Ok, so now let's talk a little about the wrapper. Here is where I would normally tell you all about the wrapper... however other than it being from Nica.... there is no other info available..

It's very light in colour - (cinnamon brown) and smooth to touch.

Let's look a little at the Meerapfel family.

The Meerapfel family is one of the oldest tobacco/cigar families in the world with close to 145 years of operation, growing and selling leaves tobaccos from Cuba, Indonesia and Germany—they are, as mentioned, most famous for their work with Cameroon tobacco grown in Africa. In Europe, the growing abilities of the 140+ year old company, are not lost on people and see the family serve as the distributor for Arturo Fuente, Padrón and others.

You might be wondering why it took them so long to release a cigar of their own? well “We were always waiting for the end of the embargo, but it seemed like the embargo is never ending,” said Jermiah Meerapfel. “We wanted to bring something new to the industry.”

Ok, so let's get into the review.


Great looking construction. It has a strange looking cap on the roll, halfway between a pigs tail and a flat cap that almost feels like it will unravel but on testing It is solid. Wrapper is thin and light and because its thin, there are some small breaks, but not enough to effect the smoking.

Burn & Draw Plenty of Draw, almost too much you might say, burnline wobbled a little but nothing crazy - most likely due to the rather thin wrapper.

Flavour & Complexity Quite interesting actually.. Sweetness at first, a little toffee, maple and wood. Then some spicy chilli afternotes that actually really work. A few hints of other things throughout including; coffee, cocao and. cinnamon.

Strength 60% - Mid/mid all day.

Enjoyment / Journey This has been a great smoke, I actually enjoyed this cigar a lot more than I thought I would and the ever changing flavours keep it interesting too.

Overall I would be quite happy to smoke one of these again, and now i find myself excited to see the Meerapfel family release a cigar with a Cameroon wrapper damn it!

A look at the numbers.

Construction -- 9/10

Burn -- 8/10

Draw -- 10/10

Flavour -- 9/10

Complexity -- 10/10

First 1/3 -- 8/10

Second 1/3 -- 8/10

Third 1/3 -- 9/10

Journey -- 9/10

Value -- 9/10

I rate this cigar 89 points.


Enjoy your read with a good cigar.