Cigar Review: Drew Estate BOTL Lancero

Initial Thoughts:

In case you weren't aware, BOTL stands for Brother of the Leaf. And, when I saw that Drew Estate made a BOTL Lancero, I knew I wanted to smoke one!

Visually, the Drew Estate BOTL Lancero is pretty plain. The label is brown and gold, and there's not much to it. The cigar itself has a somewhat musty aroma to it.

After lighting the cigar, the flavors remained a little musty, but with a little bit of sweetness that was interesting. Through the first few minutes, the draw and flavors were good, but the burn was uneven from the very beginning.


cigarscore 4 cigar rating

Brand: Drew Estate
Line: BOTL
Size: 7 x 38
Cut: V-Cut
Light: Torch
Price: $10.26

Wrapper: United States Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Nicaragua
Smoke Time: 73 minutes

Through the middle of the cigar, the burn-related construction issues continued. The burn was very uneven. The cigar went out and I had to relight it.

Final Thoughts

In the final third of the Drew Estate BOTL Lancero, the cigar went out again, so it wasn't a mistake or a fluke earlier. In the first half, the burn was terribly uneven. In the second half, the cigar went out twice. However, it could have to do with the fact that I smoked this cigar in the rain.

Burn and other issues aside, the draw was good and the flavors were good. Despite the challenges, I enjoyed this cigar.

While this cigar is fairly un-special and un-interesting, it did offer up a decent smoking experience. So, the Drew Estate BOTL Lancero earns a (low) CigarScore 4.

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