“The Rebirth of Cigars”
In 1999, after spending time in Estelí, Nicaragua, Jonathan Drew returned to his home in Brooklyn, New York bringing with him several new blends for his company, Drew Estates. The unusual blends called for something equally unique. So, Drew and his business partner, Marvin Samel recruited underground artist Scott “ACID” Chester to design the ACID signature boxes. Chester’s urban industrial, graffiti art made the perfect medium for the infused cigars. The handsome boxes’ artwork is an added bonus and makes a wonderful gift.
ACID Cold Infusion is a smooth, refreshing cigar made with aged, black tobaccos from Nicaragua enclosed in a velvety Connecticut shade wrapper. The tobaccos are cured in cuarto aromaticos (aroma rooms) surrounded by over 150 different essential herbs, oils and aromatics. Over several months of aging the ACID Cold Infusion develops flavors of peach cobbler, fresh cut pine and tea.
An infusion is a drink made by placing a flavoring ingredient into hot water. Infusion is the most popular method of preparing tea. An herbal infusion is very much like a tea, only it is steeped longer and uses a larger amount of herb. The preparation typically involves pouring hot water over plant matter, steeping for a period of time, and then removing the plant matter before drinking. My favorite way to make an infusion is to add about a cup of dried herbs, such as mint, clove or alfalfa to a quart jar. Pour boiling water over the herbs to the top of the jar. Cover tightly with a lid. Let the herbs steep 4-10 hours and then strain. There are many wonderful herbal blends on the market today. Before bedtime, a cup of chamomile tea and a mellow ACID Cold Infusion makes an ideal pairing.