Cigar Review: MUWAT Kentucky Fired Cured “Just a Friend”

Cigar Review: MUWAT Kentucky Fired Cured “Just a Friend”

Drew Estate Cigars & Joya de Nicaragua
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Unknown
Binder: Unknown
Filler: Virginia (Fire Cured), Kentucky (Fire Cured) and other
Size: 6 x 52
Strength: medium

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Overall Rating: 8.2

Drew Estate’s MUWAT (My Uzi Weighs a Ton) Kentucky Fire Cured is a cigar that is both unique in the cigar world while in keeping with other Drew Estate releases. The cigar makes use of Kentucky and Virginia fire cured tobacco, giving it a medium bodied smokiness that may be a bit much in the way of barbecue flavor for some people. I was reluctant to try this cigar at first, but with a little prodding from my redneck BOTL Matt Murphy (@MattMurphy75) from Kentucky, I decided I should pick up a couple for review. True, there is an almost infused quality to the cigar’s flavor makes it an unlikely choice for an everyday smoke, but it’s a good cigar none the less.

Pre-Light: The rather plain looking brown paper band with black print sets is set of nicely against the deep dark brown of the wrapper. A smooth wrapper with no real prominent veins gives the MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured an almost log cabin wood look that only enhances the rustic backwoods theme of the cigar.

This cigar has the most interesting pre-light aroma I’ve ever encountered. From the second the cellophane comes off the cigar scents of campfire smoke and barbecue sauce are hard to miss. The pre-light draw is smooth and easy, with a barbecue flavor coming off it.

Burn: The burn on the MUWAT Fire Cured is even from start to finish with no need for touch ups. A smooth and easy draw produces a massive amount of smoke, and is near perfect to my tastes.

Flavor: Immediately upon lighting up the Kentucky Fire Cured Just a Friend the flavors of smoked Texas brisket and barbecue sauce overwhelm the palette. These flavors begin to mellow a bit after the first quarter inch of the cigar, but are still the dominant flavors all the way through to the end. At the start of the second third a sweetness mixes with a corn-like taste that calls to mind barbecue flavored Fritos. Still, the dominant flavors continue to be smoked meat, wood and barbecue sauce. The final third of the cigar is much the same as the rest of it, with the flavors mellowing a little.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by the MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured. I’m not a fan of flavored cigars and the pre-light aroma had me worried this might fall into that category, but the flavors seem a natural compliment to this cigar. Unfortunately, there is not much complexity to the flavor profile; though the flavors encountered are completely unique to this cigar. The Kentucky Fire Cured is not something I’d make an everyday cigar, but it’s not a bad choice for the occasional barbecue or camp out. From time to time I may pick on up at my local B&M. On a side note: due to the overwhelming aroma from the MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured, I would keep this cigar in a separate humidor than my others or at least leave the cellophane on.

Pairing: An good ale such as Fat Tire or Anchor Steam pairs very well with the MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured cigar. When it comes to liquor, an Angel’s Envy or Woodford Reserve bourbon compliment the smokiness of the Kentucky Fire Cured.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)