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Quick Smoke: Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Just a Friend

31 Oct 2015

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

MUWAT KFC

Drew Estate extended its My Uzi Weighs a Ton (MUWAT) brand in 2013 with the addition of Kentucky Fire Cured (KFC). A project over two years in the making, KFC is crafted at the Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua using, as Jonathan Drew puts it, “dark fire-cured” tobaccos from a proprietary seed called KY190, Burley. The leaves are cured in a barn under fires of hickory and maple. Just a Friend (6 x 52) is one of seven vitolas. It retails for about $9 and, as you’d expect, exhibits a tremendously unique profile of barbeque sauce, chewy meat, hickory, leather, sweet tobacco, and peat. Though, notably, the taste is more toned-down than the pre-light aromas might lead you to believe. But this is still as close to a love-it-or-hate-it blend as you can get. And my palate doesn’t seem well-suited to the distinctive MUWAT KFC taste.

Verdict = Sell.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

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8 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Just a Friend”

  1. Charlie H. Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    Cant stand KFC tobacco…makes me nauseous 🙁

  2. BK Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Have never cared for flavored cigars.

    • The Stogie Guys Monday, November 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

      I’m not sure you can qualify this cigar as “flavored.” I suppose it depends on your definition of the word.

      Regarding cigars, I take “flavored” to mean infused with artificial flavors that are not naturally inherent in the tobacco leaves as a result of growing, cultivation, curing, fermentation, etc. In this case, I believe all Drew Estate is doing is introducing smoke from maple and hickory fires that burn under the leaves while they cure. So I wouldn’t consider this process any different than, say, barrel-aging.

      • JMac Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 8:06 am #

        Barrel-aging and fire-curing are gimmicks that fall in line very closely to infusion. Call it what you will, it is a flavored cigar, just smell one.

      • The Stogie Guys Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 11:08 am #

        JMAc – I hear what you’re saying. I think calling barrel-aging and fire-curing “gimmicks” certainly carries a negative connotation, though.

        While I’m not a fan of KFC, I liked La Aurora’s barrel-aged cigar, and I didn’t really consider that “flavored” – certainly not like Flavours or Acid.

        I guess I’m wondering where we draw the line of what’s flavored and what isn’t. Aging cigars in cedar? Barrel-aging? Fire-curing some of the tobaccos in a cigar? Stalk-cutting? Etc. It’s an interesting question. And depending on the course of FDA involvement, it may be an important one.

  3. JMac Monday, November 2, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    Imagine barbecue that tastes like tobacco.

  4. Sandro Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 1:32 am #

    I don’t like a cigar ring over the 56 ring size. It’s too hard to keep it lit and I find it not too enjoyable. As for full stgnerh,I would rather have full flavor than a stick that is all power and no flavor. I like a medium stgnerh cigar Bolivar Conf. and some of the Oscuro wrapped Hoyo lines.

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