Drew Estate has revealed its fourth mystery cigar. It’s a new offering in the Drew Estate portfolio known as Blackened M81. Blackened is the name of a whiskey done with Metallica and distiller Rob Dietrich. The brand has now expanded to include a cigar being produced and sold by Drew Estate.
Drew Estate had released an unbanded version of the cigar in August as a part of its fourth Freestyle Mystery Pack. The brand was revealed on the company’s September 28, 2022 Freestyle Live broadcast.
Dietrich and Drew Estate President Jonathan Drew have been friends for many years. It was Dietrich who introduced Metallica lead singer James Hetfield to Drew. From there, the wheels were put in motion to create a cigar that shared the vision of the Blackened Brand.
Incidentally, if you are a music fan, you will recognize that “Blackened” is the name of a track from the 1988 album And Justice for All. M81 stands for “Metallica 1981” and that was the year the band was formed.
The project is an all-maduro offering featuring a San Andres Mexican wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and a combination of Pennsylvania Broadleaf and Nicaraguan fillers. The cigar will be offered in four sizes: Corona, Corona Double, Robusto, and Toro. On the Freestyle Live broadcast, Dew Estate said this will be a “nine to ten dollar” cigar. It will be an exclusive to Drew Diplomat retailers and is scheduled to ship in December.
The company expects more details on the project to be announced in a subsequent press release.