Creativity and Drew Estate Cigars go hand in hand, and nowhere is this more apparent than with MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured. This is an extension of the My Uzi Weighs a Ton brand, and as with other collaborations between Drew Estate and Joya de Nicaragua, the cigars are being rolled at the JdN factory. The idea comes from Drew Estate co-founder Jonathan Drew and has been in the works for more than two years. The leaves used for the blend are Kentucky fire-cured rather than air-cured, which imparts a unique smoky taste that’s unlike anything else on the market. MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured is a great example of an experiment gone right. The tobacco utilized is stalk-cut, and then fired at a low heat until the ideal brown color is achieved. The resulting taste is full of nuances including roasted hickory, oak, and maple wood that will have your taste buds singing in delight. The cigars are being offered in three sizes, each with retro Americana bands that add to the overall appeal.
First look is a chunky broad leaf wrapper with notable tooth and vein. Pre-light aroma had nuances of sweet cedar, honey, barnyard and smokey campfire. Upon first light the smokey flavors kicked in immediately with notes of sweet cedar, leather and smoked hickory. After cruise control burn the cigar opened up with meaty flavors of smokey campfire, leather, orange peel with muted bitter honey and sweet pepper. Final third all aforementioned flavors converged into a concert of complexity with nuances of smokey campfire leading the way. Construction was flawless with a razor sharp burn line. Re-lights were at my digression as I found myself striking my cedar matches to re-ignite the amazing smokey filled flavors of the fire cured tobacco. Creativity and invention are the mantra of our friends at Drew Estate, the Kentucky fire cure is clearly evident of that idea living up to the hype and worth the wait.
CigarSmoke rating: 90
Size: 5 x 56
Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas, Kentucky fire cured
Filler: Nicaraguan, Kentucky, Virginia stalk cut fire cured
Cigars smoked for review: 3
Rocky Patel Premium Cigars is upgrading its popular Edge line with a pair of sawed-off 60 ring gauge cigars—the new B-52 Corojo and B-52 Maduro. “Rocky wanted to come out with something short in the first quarter,” said executive vice president Nish Patel. “It’s been so cold in the United States and people just don’t have time for a regular-sized cigar. So he wanted to do something that has a ton of flavor, that’s a short smoke and bigger ring gauge that people can smoke in 45 minutes.” The Edge B-52 is still billed as a medium to full-bodied smoke in both the Corojo and Maduro versions. While Patel is not disclosing all the specifics of the filler, the cigars feature two binders—one Honduran, one Nicaraguan—and a ligero that Patel claims is very distinct. “Panamanian ligero is one of the secret fillers,” Patel told Cigar Insider. “That’s in our normal Edge too.” The Edge B-52 is available in one size, a 4 1/2 X 60.
First look is a graham cracker colored Corojo wrapper with slight tooth and notable vein. Pre-light draw with slight sweet notes of earth, barnyard and cedar. Upon first light flavors of leather, earth and mild floral undertones. After cruise control burn notes of cedar and earth pick up with nuances of sweet leather and hints of roasted salty nuts. Final third all flavors balanced perfectly with notes of burnt cedar, leather and deep rich earth that never peaked past medium bodied strength, but very flavorful in every aspect. Construction was flawless! Enjoyed on a damp rainy day the burn line was razor sharp with zero re-lights needed. Perfect for a quick cigar, but not rushed. Smoke time was about 45 min in duration and most definitely a regular added to anyone’s cigar rotation.
Cigar Smoke Rating: 89
Size: 4 1/2 X 60
5 Pack Purchased from Mikes Cigars
This small-run, box-pressed release utilizes a rare wrapper leaf, a natural reddish-brown Pennsylvania broadleaf that gives it a highly appealing flavor profile. Coming from the mind of Ernesto Padilla and hand rolled at Tabacalera Oliva, this limited release cigar brings a lot to the table. Inside you’ll find a hearty mix of Cuban-seed Corojo filler leaves aged a minimum of 3 years and expertly layered inside a Nicaraguan Habano binder for a complex, captivating blend. Production is extremely limited with only 500 boxes of each size set for release. Each cigar band and box is individually numbered.
Right out of the wrapper you are treated to the smell of dark chocolate and coffee. First look is a tightly packed reddish slightly marble looking Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper. First light flavors of cedar, leather and dark chocolate. After cruise control burn, dark chocolate and coffee notes kick up and becomes the dominant flavors with nuances of cedar and sweet tea. Final third all flavors blended perfectly, the dark chocolate and coffee flavors mellowing slightly with a nice subtle pepper finish. Construction was flawless with a perfect draw, burn was slightly crooked at first light, but quickly corrected itself with one re-light required in the final third.
Cigar Smoke Rating: 89
Size: 5 x 54
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Filler: Cuban-Seed Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Viaje is a boutique cigar company specializing in the small batch approach to cigar making. Created by Andre Farkas Viaje represents boutique in every sense of the word. Viaje presents quality over quantity. Behind every release there is a vision for Andre about what his cigars should look and taste like. Then he shares them with the boutique cigar lovers.
Viaje Full Moon, a first-time release that comes packaged in an eye-catching circular box depicting a sinister jack-o-lantern on a solid black background. Inside the round box are 24 Corojo-wrapped, 5 inch by 58 ring cigars, all of which are made of Nicaraguan tobacco. The inner lacquered box is protected by a decorative outer cardboard shell. “This cigar was a couple of years in the making,” said Farkas. “The boxes are by far the most elaborate packages I have ever put together.” Only 400 boxes of Full Moon were produced. Both the Skull & Bones and Full Moon are made at the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras.
First look is a oily Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper with a fair amount of tooth. The band was pretty cool sporting half a pumpkin, when placing two bands together you complete a wicked looking gourd worthy of a Tim Burton movie. Pre light draw was wide open with aromas of barnyard and earth. First light gave a subtle blast of pepper felt right in the back of the throat with flavors of leather, cocoa and woody notes. After cruise control burn the pepper notes tone down to a nice background spice with flavors of dry toast, charred cedar, coffee and deep rich earth. Final third the spicy notes have turned down a notch with flavors of sweet cedar, leather, earth, subtle chocolate notes with a nice nicotine blast that started at cruise control and lasted the duration, Three Full Moons were enjoyed for this review and all of them were extremely consistent. Construction was solid! The ash held tight with a razor sharp burn line. I liked the complexity of the Viaje Full Moon as all flavors blended in perfect concert to make this a solid high medium to full bodied cigar.
6 pack purchased from J Shepherd Cigars
Cigars smoked for review 3
Size: 5 x 58
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Drew Estate’s newest creation is Nica Rustica, a one-size line measuring 6 x 52 with a pigtail cap and closed foot. The cigars meant to be rustic and medium to full in bodied are crafted by hand from a blend of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos (a combination of Estelí and Jalapa), a Mexican binder from San Andrés and a wrapper leaf of Connecticut broadleaf grown in the open sunlight of the Connecticut River Valley. The big maduros come in boxes that resemble crates, with 50 cigars per box, divided into two paper-wrapped pyramids containing 25 cigars each. The cigars carry the name and image of “El Brujito,” an ancient term meaning shaman or witch doctor to the people of Estelí, Nicaragua, where the cigars are made. The colorful box features a detachable lid with a notch, meant to be hung in a cigar store or your own cigar oasis.
First look is a rustic looking Connecticut broad leaf wrapper that’s rough to the touch with generous tooth and a pig tailed cap. Pre light draw had slight resistance due to the closed foot with flavors of dried fruit, earth and slight spice on the lips. First light the draw opens up with with flavors of earth, bitter leather and a nice pepper nuance. The Nica Rustica has a chewy feel to it while the wrapper smolders with thick creamy white smoke that’s become the signature of Drew Estate cigars. After cruise control burn flavors of cocoa and charred wood with the leather notes kicking up a notch blending perfectly with nuances of white pepper and rich earth. Final third the strength gears down from high to a consistent medium body with flavors of leather, muted cocoa, earth and slight spice but nothing like the pepper notes at cruise control that turned to more of a background spice. Construction was beautiful and rustic looking. The aforementioned wrapper smoldered with thick white smoke from start to finish, the ash held past the inch point but never broke pre maturely. The Nica Rustica has found its place of honor in the Drew Estate line up, it’s appropriately priced and certainly lives up to the title of the every day cigar created by the innovative artisans at Drew Estate.
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: San Andrés Negro