Before the year 2000, it was very rare to get a flavored premium cigar.
Until then, those that were known were machine-made cigars, whose flavor is usually enhanced with some type of ingredient, because, in general, low-quality tobacco with little natural flavor is used. They are flavored cigars, to which flavor is added by spraying them with a flavoring substance after they have been made. Usually, liquors such as brandy or wine, extracts such as vanilla, coconut, coffee and chocolate, and various syrups.
They were rejected by experienced smokers who found it difficult to believe that anything new could emerge with them. However, there has been a significant change in the American market since the turn of the century, when an interesting company called Drew Estate appeared on the scene.
They began as importers of cigars in New York in the mid-1990s. Soon after, its two founders, Jonathan Drew y Marvin Samel, relocated to Nicaragua to become manufacturers. Despite these trying times, between 1999 and 2000, they launched their now-famous brand ACID, named after Scott "ACID" Chester, an emerging artist known for fusing industrial art with expressions of urban nature such as graffiti and motorcycles. Associating his innovative tobacco blend with that character appeared to them to be a perfect way to make themselves known in an eye-catching way, with a name that sounds tempting and even dangerous.
ACID cigars are a great innovation, not only because they are made using a different method than previous aromatization methods, but also because they are premium cigars made with the best long-filler tobacco. They have subjected them to a process that involves infusing them with a large number of exotic spices and herbs to expand the concept of traditional cigars while challenging their guidelines.
Drew Estate's process for their ACID and the rest of the infused cigars that they have on the market is unique and closely guarded. They have been known, however, to put cigars through a delicate infusion process that begins immediately after they are finished. They are then wrapped in plastic and placed in special rooms to be exposed to a wide range of aroma extracts, herbs, flavors, and essential oils. These botanical ingredients gradually permeate the wrapper and filler, and once fully absorbed, a 3-8 month "curing" process begins. The flavors absorbed by the tobacco are balanced at the end of the process, resulting in delicious and unique aromas and flavors.
ACID cigars come in a wide range of tastes and styles, but the different blends are classified by color, which defines the overall strength, body, and intensity of the cigar: ACID Blue, ACID Purple, ACID Gold, and ACID Red are all colors. Each line has its list, and the ACID brand has around 20 cigars with varying tastes and flavors.
When it comes to premium-infused cigars, ACIDs lead the industry and are considered to be some of the most popular flavored cigars in the United States. Since 2007, all lines have been produced at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Esteli, Nicaragua, using only the finest Nicaraguan tobaccos.
Some of the most popular Blue line blends are currently available in our store: the very famous and exquisite ACID Blue Kuba Kuba, which many consider being a highly recommended unique experience, the elegant ACID Blue Blondie, and the very popular ACID Blue Krush. We invite you to try them and some others available.