Review: Drew Estate MUWAT KFC Yard Bird

Drew Estate has released a new size of their popular Kentucky Fire Cured called "Yard Bird". It is an event only cigar, that was released at the Kentucky Barn Smoker on October 3, 2015. There is not much more I need to cover here though, as Matt covered it all in a Press Release HERE.

Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Yard Bird

Size: 5 x 50

Vitola: Torpedo

Wrapper: Kentucky Fire Cured & Mexican San Andrés

Binder: Undisclosed

Filler: Kentucky Fire Cured & Virginia Dark Cured

Factory: Drew Estate

MSRP: ? 

Cigars smoked for review: 1

Cigars for review provided by Drew Estate

Note: For this review we used CigarFederation's rating system

Pre-Light: No surprise here. The pre-light aromas are like taking a deep breath over the coals of last nights campfire. Assuming of course, that you used only natural, fresh-cut wood. The cold draw is similarly smokey, but with the addition of a perfect amount of spice. I have fallen in love with these aromas from these cigars.

Beginning: If you haven’t smoked a KFC yet, the first thing to note is that the strength of the pre-light aromas is not so overpowering while smoking. Present, yes. But not the only flavor you’ll get. There is the expected smokey aroma, some woodiness and slight leather notes. Ready for a detailed, if not specific flavor note? The finish, while not as long as I might expect, tastes very much like a natural, smokey BBQ hummus. The retrohale reveals a sour wood note and not much spice. The burn and smoke production are are dead on, producing a solid, light grey ash. The Yard Bird starts out on the medium side.

Middle: Transitioning into the middle third, the profile is very much the same. A nice, mellow smokiness with a few wood and nut notes. Halfway through though, I start to get a very deep, very smokey sweetness. I would compare it to what I would expect a smoked molasses to taste like. This cigar is burning perfectly, with no relights, a strong ash and only minor , non-detrimental wavy burns. Still medium in strength, but it seems to be picking up.

End: The Yard Bird pulls the same trick as it did in the first transition. The final third starts out much the same as the first, with the flavors from the second third carrying over into the first half here. But that smoked molasses note has been gone a while. Still a very enjoyable smokey note, with some clean woodiness and the occasional leather and nut. The end changes though, adding a very distinct note. It’s killing me though, because I just can’t put my finger on it, but it is a very enjoyable profile. Definitely a medium-full strength cigar.

Final Thoughts: I have been enjoying the KFC blends a lot, since I really started smoking them in Nicaragua. And the Yard Bird is a great addition to the line. I am a sucker for figurados and the vitola seems to lend itself very well to this blend. I noticed more flavor notes than in some of the other vitolas and would love to have some of these on hand. I'm not sure how I might come across more, since this an event-only cigar, but I'm going to rate it the same as I would a regular production cigar. Not sure there is a way to purchase a box, but they would be worth it.

Rating: 94 - AKA  "Box Buy"

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Comment by Charlie on October 10, 2015 at 5:37pm

FYI: I read there is Brazilian and Nicaraguan tobacco in this blend...I'm on the other end of the KFC, cant stand the flavor/smell/taste, makes me nauseous. 94 is huge, I've been hearing great things from people who are into fire cured...

Comment by Joshua Andrew on October 10, 2015 at 8:41pm
Initially, KFC didn't work for me. I gave it another shot this spring and have smoked a couple more since. Eating something with bbq sauce before helps. I like the aroma more than the smoke, though.
Comment by Charlie on October 10, 2015 at 8:49pm

Thats funny Joshua...I bet eating BBQ before hand would help but I've tried them and they aren't for me.

Comment by 007MI6 on October 11, 2015 at 12:16am

I loved it. Already had 3 KFC's this week. Three cigars in one week is a lot for me anyway. :P My initial score was in the 91-93 range, but I'd buy a box, so by CF scoring that makes it a 94. ;)

And this vitola just had it all. Great flavors, great looks and perfect construction. I stand by my score. :)

Comment by Marc on October 11, 2015 at 11:49am

Great Review!

Comment by 007MI6 on October 12, 2015 at 9:32pm

Thanks Marc!

I smoked another one yesterday. Good stuff!

Comment by Matt Ross on October 28, 2015 at 7:08am

Very interesting, Jerad.  Initially, I didn't mind the KFC, but at this point, I find them unsmokeable - I just can't enjoy them.

Comment by 007MI6 on October 29, 2015 at 9:17am

That is interesting too, Matt! lol I am finding that I really enjoy the KFC blends, and I have been smoking fairly often. But, it is definitely a style that has two classes of thought. Hell yes & Hell no. ;)


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