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Acid 20 Robusto

Acid 20 Robusto. Just like a few days ago, a review of the ACID 20 Robusto. But the last Acid 20 was smoked safari style to avoid the artificial sweetness of the sweetened cap. That worked in a way, as the sweetness wasn’t stuck on the lips. But the cigar still wasn’t very nice. Let’s see of smoking the same cigar, but this time in the way the blenders intended will create a different experience.

The ACID 20 is a cigar that celebrates 20 years of Acid. It is a popular brand that took the United States by storm and made Drew Estate a serious player. Slowly ACID is becoming available in more countries and has an international following now. Some people love it, others loathe it. The cigar has a Mexican San Andres wrapper. The binder is Indonesian and the filler Nicaraguan.

The flat cap is nice to see. The almost chrome ring with the black 20 is nice. Only the foot band mentions the brand name and the line. The dark wrapper looks intimidating because of a vein on the face of the cigar. The aroma is strong. It’s floral like some shampoo or detergent, not natural. The construction feels great.

Just licking the cap before cutting leaves an artificial sweet flavor on the palate. With some spice. The cold draw confirms that these are the two flavors. The cold draw is fine though, but that artificial sweetness is so overpowering that it makes the experience a bit unpleasant. Once lit, the sweetness seems to tone down a bit but it remains prominent. There is an earthy flavor in the background. The sweetness isn’t as overpowering as in other Acid cigars we smoked. There is a floral flavor, some herbs, leather, and cedar. Smoking the cigar in the direction it’s intended creates a different experience. The second third starts quite mellow. A little bit of soil, a few herbs, some floral notes, and sweetness. There is some pepper but it is extremely mild. There is a lot of balance in the flavor. Unlike many infused or flavored cigars, where the artificial flavors overpower the natural flavors of tobacco. In the final third, there is more soil and a little more pepper. The floral and artificial sweetness remains. The end has some earthiness again.

The draw is fabulous as is the smoke. But the smoke is always great with Drew Estate cigars. The burn is great and the ash has a browning yellow color. It is not too firm. The cigar has way more balance if you smoke it this way instead of safari style. It is much more pleasing to the palate. The smoke time is two hours. This cigar medium in both body and flavor.

Would I buy this cigar again? I still don’t like the artificial sweetness.

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Acid 20 Robusto Safari style

Acid 20 Robusto Safari style. I don’t review a lot of infused cigars. But when I do, I always spot one big issue that makes us dislike the cigar. That is the sweet cap, artificial sweetness. So for this ACID 20 Robusto review, I am doing something else. We will smoke this Safari style. That is something from the Drew Estate Cigar Safari, where you smoke a cigar from the wrong end. That should solve the issue with the sweet cap. To make it fair, I will also smoke one as the blenders intended and post that review as well.

The Acid 20 was released in 2019. And as the name suggests, it was to celebrate 20 years of the Acid brand. Acid is the best-selling premium cigar in the United States according to Drew Estate. The infused cigars are immensely popular, yet a lot of smokers of traditional cigars can’t stand the infusion. The Acid 20 is made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate with a Mexican San Andres wrapper. The wrapper has a sweet cap. The binder is Indonesian around Nicaraguan filler.

The cigar is square. Not just box-pressed but square. The black and silver ring pops. The cap is flat and it makes the cigar look more squarish. The wrapper is dark and oily. The construction feels great. The cigar has a strong aroma, cloves, flowers like hibiscus, none of it smells like a traditional cigar.

Since I am smoking it safari style, there isn’t much of a cold draw due to the cap. The cold draw is slightly sweet and flowery, like rosewater. The first puffs are dark roast coffee with aspartame and floral sweetness. Slowly some spice shows up in the flavors as well. The floral flavor makes the mouth feel dry. A muddy clay flavor shows up, yet still with a bit of sweetness and floral flavors. There’s a hint of chili pepper as well.

At the beginning of the second third, the cigar turns more into a traditional cigar. Pepper and soil, with a tiny hint of floral flavors. But the floral sweetness doesn’t taste artificial anymore. Some citrus sourness shows up as well, but still with pepper and soil. These flavors remain, although for a while there was a very faint vanilla flavor on the background. Even when you smoke a Drew Estate cigar safari style, the smoke is out of this world. The draw is good, and much to our surprise, the burn is good as well. We were afraid that smoking the cigar in the opposite direction would affect the burn negatively, but not at all. The ash is quite dark and frayed. The infusion isn’t that strong when you smoke the cigar safari style. But it still gives some artificial flavors that do not sit well with our palates. The cigar is medium in body, full in flavor. The smoke time is two hours and ten minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? If I do, I won’t smoke it safari style

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ACID Kuba Arte

Drew Estate Acid Kuba Arte. A limited edition Drew Estate Acid to commemorate 20 years of Drew Estate Acid Kuba. And they come packed in pieces of art. Water towers containing 20 cigars and a boveda pack. All the water towers are hand pained by New York based street artists. That is a tribute to the art side that Drew Estate always had, from day one. The company was founded in Brooklyn, and the 5 artists all have roots in that burrough of New York as well. Back in the day, Jonathan Drew was sitting on a rooftop in Brooklyn, and he saw water towers and graffiti. Now he brings it back together.

The cigar is infused. Premium tobaccos have been used though. From a beautiful American grown broadleaf Maduro wrapper to the hearty Nicaraguan fillers. Add am Indonesian binder and you have the blend. Drew Estate uses a unique infusion method, one of the best kept secrets in the industry to turn the cigars into the ACID lines. People love it, or hate it. There is no in-between. They sell like hotcakes, yet a lot of natural cigar smokers look down on the acid lines.


The cigar looks great. A dark, oily wrapper. No visible veins. The cigar is slightly box-pressed. The ring is in graffiti style, and mentions it’s a limited edition. The aroma is strong, once removed from the cellophane you can immediately smell a chemical aroma that is unusual for cigars. It reminded us of toilet cakes, liquid soap and flowers. The cigar looks and feels well constructed. While wetting the cap, before cutting it, the chemical taste is pretty strong.


The cold draw is pretty good. The wrapper leaves a sweet flavor on the lips, the tobacco itself has some pepper. The first puffs are overpowered by the sweetness of the wrapper. The unnatural sweetness. Once the initial shock of the unnatural sweetness is gone, it’s not that bad. Sweetness, with some spices and pepper. A little coffee shows up, and the pepper mellows out. The floral, chemical sweetness is still very dominant. There are hints of dried leaves and leather on the background as well. After a third it’s still sweet, floral sweet, with pepper, leather, and toast on the background. Halfway the sweetness is at a level where it’s actually pleasant, although still a bit too strong. The flavors remain the same, with that dominant sweetness, some pepper, leather and toast.


The draw is fantastic. And the smoke is plentiful, like with the natural premium cigars from the same factory. The light colored ash isn’t very firm. The cigar is medium bodied, yet full flavored although the flavor isn’t very natural.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer natural cigars but this wasn’t bad

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