Ambrosia Nectar Cigars, blended by Jonathan at Drew Estate, have a complex tobacco blend. The Ambrosia cigar is the most difficult cigar for Jonathan to produce. Trying to describe the Ambrosia is a bit difficult since there are no other cigars like it. The taste is slightly sweet with aromatic undertones of clove. The sensual aroma of the smoke is distinctive and unique. In fact, the artwork on box and band alone are enough to arouse the senses.
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Van reef, 21st May 2013
Reviewer: David Cubeta
Wow, this was the 1st cigar I chose when my sampler arrived.
Lets be fair, 22nd May 2013
Reviewer: Michael Smith
I like my cigars like my coffee, beer, and scotch - unsweetened. Nice burn, good smoke, faster burner. Wanted to give it 2 stars. Could not get over the sugar.
Nice but . . ., 25th May 2013
Reviewer: Doug Wright
The cigar burned nice and had a good draw. Overall, a mild to medium smoke. The only draw back was the clove smell. It just overpowered me. Not really sure what to think of it. So different from what I normally smoke.
Ambrosia Van Reef, Nice Change from the Norm., 27th May 2013
Reviewer: William Cordero
I prefer more traditional and complex cigars over infused and flavor but I decided to sample the Ambrosia line. The Van Reef was a more mellow and subtle addition to this line. Sweet, fragrant, but not over powering. A nice change from the norm. Great Cigar for a morning smoke.
Vann reef, 27th May 2013
Reviewer: Steven Medeiros
I'm a drew estate fan,smoked it to the label,loved it,was even more excited to find out it was a drew estate. Will be buying these
Jorge Suarez, 31st May 2013
Reviewer: Jorge Suarez
The cigar had a very sweet vanilla taste and was mild... not bad. The cigar also had a great burn and great draw. Not the best cigar to go with a scotch, but a light smoke when you are one the go or on a golf course.
Syrup Start, Smooth Finish, 31st May 2013
Reviewer: REED SKINNER
I'm not a Drew Estate fan, but on occassion I do crave a flavored cigar. The Vann Reef is a well constructed cigar with a slightly veiny Cameroon wrapper. The unlit cigar has a pronounced aroma of ground cloves. After making a straight cut I put the unlit cigar in my mouth and took a few cold puffs. I immediately got the sweetness. Almost like sipping simple syrup. It burns nice and even, with a medium gray ash. One inch into the smoke, the sweetness abates, and the clove aroma diminishes. The smoke starts to get a bit harsh. Not obnoxious at that point, but noticeable. Two inches into the smoke, and the ash is still intact, all harshness is gone, the burn line is still even. After 30 second in the ashtray, I lightly tapped the ash off. The next two inches were very mellow with that faint hint of cloves. I smoked it down to the last inch and it was still smooth with a nice burn and ash. Although I wouldn't smoke these daily, I'm tempted to purchase a box for those cravings I ocassionally get.
OK as a change of pace, 1st Jun 2013
Reviewer: Anthony Colasacco
The aroma of cinnamon and spice was very evident. A sweet taste comes immediate while you light up.
Surprisingly Good, 1st Jun 2013
Reviewer: Robert Padovano
Great construction and nice, easy draw. Flawless wrapper with good color and a sweet clove (or perhaps ginger spice) taste. I'm not usually a fan of flavored cigars, but it is so subtle as you smoke. Only negative is the sweetened wrapper, otherwise a really nice smoke.
Not your typical Review, 2nd Jun 2013
Reviewer: Jeff Kinat
OK- Decided to pull out this cigar today and give it a shot. I am not going to do all the talk that is normally around cigar reviews. I was not in a pristine location, with all my supplies laid out- because that's not how I get to smoke my cigars. I jumped in the car, put down the windows, turned up the radio and then clipped the cigar. As I hit the cigar with the flame the tastes of cloves and sweetness became pronounced- but not over powering. Now since I was in my wife's car- I had to have the windows open while driving 70 mph down the highway. The draw was perfect- I was able to enjoy the sweetness of the cigar- without having to worry about it being too strong. The burn was not perfect- but given the situation (real life) it worked out great. There was a little uneven burn, but that did self correct throughout the cigar. I tend to smoke a little faster than what I probably should, but that did not change how this cigar performed. There was not one bit of harshness involved. All together the cigar lasted about 45 minutes. Now normally I like my cigars to be strong- but given the temperature outside, the humidity and that I had to go to numerous garages sales with the wife- I was able to get the necessary kick- without kickin me in the pants. Would I recommend this cigar? Yes. Will I purchase this cigar again? Yes- not only for me, but for those that don't normally smoke cigars. Drew Estate once again has produced a winner
Ambrosia: Sugar-coated Potpourri, 2nd Jun 2013
Reviewer: Miles Brown
I'm a huge fan of Drew Estate and the Liga Privada and Undercrown lines, but this one just reminded me of a giant clove cigarette. It was extremely tough to draw and cracked in three different spots before even getting halfway through the burn. It tasted like the wrapper was sugar coated, and the clove and spice flavors were a bit overwhelming and numbed the ol' palate. At the midway point it developed some oaky, woodsy notes, which were decent, but it still continued to crack. It did have an even burn throughout, but overall I wasn't a fan of this particular blend. If you like flavored cigars or clove cigarettes, then you should definitely try this one out.
Quality draw and burn..., 3rd Jun 2013
Reviewer: Ted Swindler
As a fan of Drew Estate and flavored cigars, I was excited about this one and it didn't disappoint. The sweet flavor was strong (almost a liquorish taste) and the smell of cloves caught the attention of guests at a party I was at for Memorial day. Everyone loved the smell. I enjoyed this cigar tremendously and will be picking a box up with my next order.
Not for Me, 3rd Jun 2013
Reviewer: JOE AMARENA
From what I smoked and it wasn't much great draw ,good construction, big smoke, just not a fan of flavored cigars. Felt like I was at the dentist,and they put that numbing stuff on tastes awful then u can't swallow.
A Nice Smoke, 3rd Jun 2013
Reviewer: Don Fitzgerald
A good quality cigar with a nice even draw and burn. A sweet taste that would go great with a cup of coffee. Starts off with a mild impact that builds to more of a medium finish. I would recommend this cigar based on its quality and unique flavor.
Good construction and draw but......., 5th Jun 2013
Reviewer: Gary Robinson
This cigar has overall a good construction, draw and feel as well as being a good burner but......the taste wasn't very subtle or sophisticated.......I wouldn't chose to purchase this cigar as it's only an average cigar. Not horrible but not desirable either.
Not an everyday cigar..., 5th Jun 2013
Reviewer: Fred Argilan
...but would smoke again if in the right mood. The cigar smelled heavily of clove before lighting but the sweetness overwhelmed any tobacco or spice taste. After lighting, the flavor was more 'flowery' than spicy. However, the smoke was quite pleasing to those around me.
Call me old school....., 8th Jun 2013
Reviewer: Jonathan Kravitz
I want to be fair to the brand.
Nice Taste, 9th Jun 2013
Reviewer: Len Pinelli
This was the first cigar I chose in my first sampler and it was a very pleasant cigar. Very nice draw, and even burn. I don't usually smoke flavored cigars but was pleasantly surprised with this one.
Clove & Sweet, 10th Jun 2013
Reviewer: JEFF COHAN
Great construction, great burn. If you like clove and a very sweet cigar, this is a home run. If you don't like a flavor infused cigar, then move on to something else. Construction and Burn earn a 5 stars, Flavor for me is about 2 stars, just not my thing, Overall about 3 stars
Delicious, 12th Jun 2013
Reviewer: Perla De Solo
Great cigar, great sweet taste, great draw and volumes of smoke, as is expected from Drew. Definitely a desert cigar for me.
Too sweet, 12th Jun 2013
Reviewer: E J Rosario
When I lighted this cigar it was like I was puffing sugar then the clove hit me killing everything else I could have tasted afterwards.Don't get me wrong, I appreciate a well constructed cigar, that is the only good thing I can say of this one because flavorwise this one is a fail, it smelled like my spices cabinet and tasted like old cloves and cheap honey....not my kind of cigar, I prefer the smell and taste of real tobacco
Potentially overpowering clove flavor, 17th Jun 2013
Reviewer: MATTHEW WELLS
Did not realize it was an infused cigar until I wet the cap. Good cut, light, and even burn throughout. Strong numbing clove through to the final third, then tapering to allow the more subtle sweet botanical flavors to come through. Would have ranked higher if not for the intensity of the clove.
Warning! Overpweringly sweet, 25th Jun 2013
Reviewer: Mike Rohosky
I am not a flavored or sweetened cigar kind of guy, but if you are, you may love this cigar. Pre-light, it has a very strong clove smell and upon lighting, it is very sweet, to the point of not tasting tobacco, only sweetness. It is well constructed and burns cool, but I prefer sweetness to come from a Pa maduro or a Dominican olor leaf.
Excellent infused cigar, 7th Jul 2013
Reviewer: Don Hebert
While I do enjoy the occasional infused cigar, my experience has been limited to the Kuba Kuba. The Ambrosia Van Cleef is my new favorite. It's got tremendous flavor but is still mild. Great smoke!
Wow! Different., 15th Jul 2013
Reviewer: Michael Credere
I am one of those die hard cigar guys that will typically tell you that smoking flavored cigars means an automatic foul on your man card status. SO, when I tried this one out I realized it was actually kind of fun. This cigar would be perfect if you were out camping and someone broke out the fireball whiskey. It was fun - I will order this cigar and enjoy it again as a way to change it up occasionally for something different.