Metallica Blackened Cigars ‘M81’ by Drew Estate – 2022


Introducing BLACKENED Cigars “M81” by Drew Estate, a passion project into the deepest, darkest, and heaviest depths of the mystical Maduro leaf.

Featuring alluring notes of espresso, leather, and dark chocolate, this one-of-a-kind cigar will hit shelves of Drew Estate Cigars preferred retailers this December!


An exploration into the deepest, darkest and heaviest depths of the mystical Maduro leaf, Blackened by Drew Estate is a collaboration between Drew Estate Founder and President, Jonathan Drew; Metallica’s Co-Founder, lead singer and guitarist, James Hetfield; and BLACKENED® American Whiskey Master Distiller and Blender, Rob Dietrich.

The all-Maduro Blackened by Drew Estate blend is bold, rich and powerful enough to satisfy the most experienced cigar connoisseur, but also balanced and not so overpowering that new cigar lovers can enjoy as well.

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan Maduro and Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro
Taste profile: Dark, bold and unapologetic with notes of espresso, leather and dark chocolate
Body: Medium- to full-bodied


The collaboration began with James Hetfield and Rob Dietrich, who frequently enjoy cigars together after forming a close friendship through their work together on BLACKENED. Dietrich and Jonathan Drew, who’s friendship spans over a decade, always wanted to combine their talents to collaborate on something special. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity and became a passion project – bringing together three immensely talented and experienced cigar enthusiasts.

Samples from the Drew Estate portfolio were sent to Hetfield and Dietrich who kept cigar journals to critique the cigars and identify what they liked and disliked about each one. After two years of enjoying and sampling cigars together, the group decided on the exact flavor profile that would become BLACKENED Cigars “M81” by Drew Estate.