28 Jun 2011
When Jonathan Drew announced the release of his personal blend—named My Uzi Weighs a Ton (presumably after the Public Enemy song) and available only in sizes with a 60 ring gauge—I assumed the cigar would be another full-bodied flavor bomb.
And when it came to light that the cigar would be made at the Joya de Nicaragua factory, known for producing full-bodied cigars, I considered my assumption confirmed. As you’ll see below, I was wrong.
Uzi (or MUWAT, as Jonathan Drew of Drew Estate calls it) is made at the Joya de Nicaragua factory with leaf mostly from Drew Estate, including a San Andreas maduro capa wrapper, Connecticut capote binder, and Brazillian mata fina filler. Also used as filler is Nicaraguan leaf from Joya de Nicaragua’s tobacco stocks.
The Uzi comes in three large sizes: Robusto (5 x 60), Toro (6 x 60), and Churchill (7 x 60). (For this review, I smoked one each of the Robusto and Churchill, which came as un-banded pre-release samples.) The cigar is being released under Drew Estate’s “Subculture Studios” mark, which is the graffiti and art studio that is part of Drew Estate. The final product will not be un-banded and will come in paper-wrapped bundles of 20.
The thick cigar has a vein-free wrapper that is medium brown. It’s a bit soft to the touch, but I found no ill-effects from that in the construction, which featured a even burn, sturdy ash, and easy draw.
Far from the ligero bomb I thought I might get when I first heard rumblings of this project, the cigar is a well-rounded combination of powdered cocoa, sweet cedar, tea, and cinnamon. There’s a toasty element present, as well as a slight sourness, particularly on the finish.
For a cigar with a quirky name that comes only in ridiculously thick sizes, My Uzi Weighs a Ton is actually quite traditional. It’s relatively well-balanced and solidly in the medium- to full-bodied range.
The only significant downside of the smoke it that the flavors, while pleasant, change very little from start to finish. For a blend that takes between 75 minutes (for the Robusto) to 120 minutes (for the Churchill) to smoke, that’s a long time for a single unvarying flavor profile, particularly at a double-digit price point.
Still, this is a nice smoke, just not exceptionable, especially when compared to the Liga Privada and the many derivations of the Liga that have come out since. Maybe a smaller ring gauge would better fit my palate. For now, My Uzi Weighs a Ton earns three and a half stogies out of five.
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