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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
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
Daily Smokes short review from Drew Estate the Unico Serie Ratzilla. The taste on this was nothing short of amazing, the wrapper is almost coffee ground dark glistening with an oily hue, and a pig tail cap that’s typical of our barn yard friends I.E Flying Pigs, Dirty Rats, Feral Pigs and the UF-13. First light was full of pepper and sweet spice with a huge amount of smoke. After cruise control burn the spice stayed very consistent with the sweeter notes getting stronger, but not over powering. Nuances of black coffee, cedar and pepper were also present, along with light leather. No burn or draw issues the ash held long and tight. It’s a flavor bomb just like its little brother the Dirty Rat but on a much more sophisticated and refined level and an absolute pleasure to smoke.
Size: 6 x 46
Wrapper: Stalk Cut Sun Grown Habano
Binder: Brazilian Mata-Fina
Filler: Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan
The “Lost Art” collection of crystal ashtrays from Drew Estate pays tribute to the vintage designs of the past. Truly works of art they capture a spirit of the vintage age of tobacco from a time when the words of Thomas R. Marshal reined “What this country needs is a really good five-cent cigar”. These two designs “Chief Broadleaf” and simply “The Moon” are two designs available at the Drew Estate Store via Drew Estate online and will add a touch of elegance to your man cave or Cigar Oasis either as a display item or fully functional ashtray.
The Liga Privada Unicos UF-13 has a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Brazillian Mata Fina binder, Cuban Seed Nicaraguan and Honduran filler. UF stands for “Unico Fuerte” Big things come in small packages and this cigar is no exception. First light was a smooth easy draw that produced tons of smoke, typical from the Liga Privada line by Drew Estate. After cruise control burn sweet cedar and spice were present, half way point had hints of white pepper, earthy undertones and a sweetness that was present at first light pleasantly re appeared. The UF-13 was a complex cigar that was packed with full flavor from start to finish and an absolute pleasure to smoke.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Brazillian Mata Fina
Filler: Cuban seed Nicaraguan / Honduran
Size: 5.5 x 52