Pre-Release Review: Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured "Just A Friend"

This Drew Estate My Uzi Weighs a Ton (MUWAT) Kentucky Fire Cured "Just A Friend" Toro came to me by way of a bomb from a good friend ‘Evil Derek’ who I met on the Cigar Safari in April of 2013.  He was kind enough to send out some of these for review.   

I remember smelling the Kentucky Fire Cured tobacco leaves when I was on the Cigar Safari in April 2013.    Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to smoke it, until now.

 

 

Nose:

This certainly sets the bar for aromatic scents.  BBQ sauce, hickory, pipe tobacco, mesquite.  I’m not sure whether I want to smoke this, or put some salt and pepper on it and eat it.  The nose is very different from anything I’ve experienced to date.

What’s really interesting here is that with the cellophane on you really aren’t prepared for the sensory experience once you take it off.  The cellophane does an excellent job of keeping the cigar contained.

Construction:

The Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured "Just A Friend" comes in a Toro sized vitola measuring 6” by 52 ring gauge.    The wrapper is a rich deep brown color, with no contruction issues. 

The My Uzi Weighs a Ton Kentucky Fire Cured line is a collaboration between Drew Estate and Joya De Nicaragua.  The cigars themselves are produced out of the JdN factories, but under the Subculture Studios line. 

During the original blend design, they struggled with getting the Kentucky Fire Cured leaf to burn properly.  Nicholas Melillo was responsible, along with Fritz Bossert, to figure out how the arrange the leaf to make this possible.   This blending process goes back all the way to 2010. 

 

 

 

 

Flavor:

First Third

Tons of savoriness from the very start .  A really thick mouthfeel after each draw that lingers with you.  I’m definitely getting that pipe tobacco flavor on a deep draw, but surprisingly it dissipates quite quickly.   There is some medium strength pepper that starts in the throat and moves forward as I progress. 

My initial thoughts are that this cigar is really unique.   Reminiscent of a heavily peated scotch.

After the first third establishes itself I get some intense sweetness, but it fades after a few minutes.  The flavors in the first all seem to appear, and then slowly fade.  I think a ‘flavor stew’ would be the best way to describe it.  Some shock and awe on the taste buds. 

After about 10 minutes I start to get some very light leather after taste.  The mouthfeel starts to be reminiscent of a Liga Privada T52 but with pipe tobacco sweetness.

Middle Third

I pick up some cedar breaking through the MUWAT "Just A Friend" moves into the second third.   The savoriness from the first third falls off in the middle third.  The mesquite and pipe tobacco flavor is still present on a deep draw.

Last Third

More of the same in the last third.  The primary flavor profile is that smoky combination of mesquite and pipe tobacco flavor.  There is a slight bitterness present as the last third wraps up. 

 

Burn/Draw:

I cut with a v-cutter and the draw on the MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured is in the sweet spot.   Just like any other cigar I’ve smoked from Drew Estate, the smoke production here is quite generous.  Total smoking time was just under the 2 hour mark.

Value:

I don’t have any pricing as of yet for this release.  As soon as the information becomes available I will backfill the information.  If I had to guess, I would expect the Toro sized “Just A Friend” to come in around the $8 – $9 mark.

Final Word:

The Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured "Just A Friend" is a really different cigar.    I’m not certain that this would classify as a regular cigar for me, but the flavor experience is so different from a typical blend that I want a few of these around just for their uniqueness.    I keep using the words different and unique because the overall smoking experience is a bit hard to properly encapsulate into words.  Now a week later after enjoying it, I’m still playing the experience again in my mind.   I did find that the flavors were quite bold in the first third and then faded in complexity as it proceeded. 

Drew Estate has managed to come up with a unique cigar that pushes the envelope for the industry.  This is one you want to try for yourself, if only because it’s interesting to enjoy something that challenges the status quo.    If you tend to enjoy scotch like Ardbeg or Laphroaig, this cigar is likely to find a regular spot in your humidor.

 


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Comment by Matt Ross on November 19, 2013 at 8:02am

Good review, John.  I smoked a very early version back in May, and found it incredibly ...  I'm really eager to smoke the production version because I think I'll have a vastly different experience.

Comment by Catfishbluezz on November 19, 2013 at 8:07am

Goddamnit i want to smoke one of these so bad

Comment by Docwill on November 19, 2013 at 9:52am

Great review. I recently die the sniff test on the Leccia Black. It had that barbecue sauce smell to it but I don't know how that will translate to flavor. This gives me something to go on when I try the MUWAT.

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