Press Release: Drew Estate Unveils “Kentucky Fire Cured”

by Bryan Glynn, April 3, 2013

 

Drew Estate Unveils “Kentucky Fire Cured” line extension toMy Uzi Weighs a Ton brand of cigars.
Miami, FL – Drew Estate Inc. announced today the impending release of Kentucky Fire Cured Cigars,an extension to the MUWAT brand also to be produced at the Joya de Nicaragua factory. Indevelopment for over 2.5 years, this extension to the MUWAT line of premium cigars was inspiredduring a trip to the Dominican Republic where Jonathan Drew and Steve Saka were visiting theUniversal Leaf tobacco pre-industry facility.“I remember it as if it were yesterday” states JD. “Fritz Bossert (President of Universal Leaf), SteveSaka and I were smoking Liga Privada T52s in the fermentation area when I noticed a pilon of KentuckyFired Cured tobacco. We took the wrapper off the T52 and placed a thick Kentucky Fire Cured leaf in itsplace. The taste and aroma were simply amazing, but there was just one huge problem – the cigar wouldnot burn properly, and is one of the reasons of the lengthy process it took to get ‘KFC’ to market.”Nicholas Melillo, Executive Vice President of International Operations, was tasked with working on asolution to the burn issue in conjunction with Fritz Bossert, experimenting with using the fire cured leaf in the wrapper leaf position as well as using limited amounts as part of the filler.

DREW ESTATE, INC. April 2, 2013 – For Immediate Release
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Six months later we were already producing blends and sharing samples with good friends throughoutthe cigar industry, while keeping the project completely quiet.“In February 2011 we had the pleasure of smoking some of these early samples on the Corona CigarCo.’s Cigar Safari tour,” says Jeff Borysiewicz founder & owner of Corona Cigar Co. “My group reallyenjoyed the aroma and flavor profile and kept asking JD when this product would be ready to market.He kept me waiting until December 2012, when we smoked more KFC samples at my lake house duringthe Christmas holiday. They’ve really come a long way and we look forward to the release.”“The My Uzi Weighs A Ton brand was the first true collaboration between Drew Estate and Joya deNicaragua,” says Michael Cellucci, President of Drew Estate.”The fact that JD wanted to bring the ”MUWAT” franchise under the flag of Subculture Studios is areflection of his love of working with other talented cigar makers. Subculture Studios is more than just agraffiti factory in Nicaragua, it is a ‘mental space’ that JD and Jessi Flores have cultivated throughout theyears and reveals innovation, raw talent and creativity that you find throughout all of Drew Estate atevery level.” There is a lot we have experimented with and all shall be revealed in short order, but for now here is alittle quote from Nicholas Melillo,
Chief of the Broadleafs
, “First off, Kentucky Fire Cured is from astalk-cut tobacco. The initial firing of KFC is done at low heat between 100 F to 115 F degrees andmaintained until the color reaches solid brown. Once color is set temperatures increase to 120F- 130F tocompletely cure down the midrib of the leaf and darken. Once the midrib is dried the temperature will bereduced and the smoke maximized with saw dust to finish the leaf. When KFC hits your olfactory nerveyou know it! “MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured will be Available in three sizes: 6 x 52 “Just a Friend”, 5 x 56 “FatMolly” and a 4 x 46 “Chunky” in the familiar MUWAT craft paper bundle. Americana style graphicsadorn these new packs.“Kentucky Fire Cured is not something new to the world of tobacco, as it has been grown for over 200years. Easily compared to the smokey taste attributed to a peaty scotch, the KFC picks up nuances of theroasted hickory, oak or maple wood that makes you say ‘Damn, that’s tasty,’” expels Jonathan Drew.”In addition to the fire cured tobaccos of Kentucky and Dark Fire Cured of Virginia, we are finishing thetwo year project of our fire cured tobaccos from another country which DE will not disclose until a timecloser to the actual release of the brand. I’ll just say this: they don’t speak English, Italian or Spanish inthis region of the world.”

  • MorganGeo

    My Uzi Weighs A ton Bait Fish sell out constanlty on the Cigar Monster site. They must be good. I think they sell for like $20 for 5 which is a good price point.

    All this talk of ‘fire cured’ is making me hungry in a weird kind of way. HAHA I’m off to get a nice steak for lunch!

    • antomos

      I just got the bait fish off monster today 5 for 20, can’t wait to try them!

      • Walshy

        The Biatfish are unbelievable. They are rich and bold. First light flavors for almost the entire stick. Although really only corona size but they pack a punch with flavor. You will love them im sure.

        • Kace

          Okay, I am ordering my bait fish now. Lol!!

      • Rico

        That’s look delicious

    • Daniel Cohen

      My Uzi weights A TON OR MUWAT is one of my fav cigar lines. I started in reverse, my first one was Bait Fish, this is a great cigar. Now is can feel a bit pricey for a 4X44 stick but once you smoke one and think about it its not to bad for what your getting. The 6X60 is incredible to say the least. Now dont get me wrong 60 RG is big for almost any one, but the blend is so complex that you will for get about the size if the stogie. If you like it in 6X60 and want to know what what it would be like to get more flavor from the wrapper then your in luck, its called +11 and its a 5 1/2 X 52 stick. This will give you more flavor from wrapper.

  • Magicshark13

    These look so sweet. You should defiantly try and review this cigar once you get your hands on it.

  • pato1001

    How do they finish a leaf with sawdust???

    • neocigaro

      My question also… do they smoke the leaf with sawdust haha have no idea?

      • Kace

        I would think the leaves are smoked using the sawdust. Seems like it would make for some very dark to tobacco.

        • Freddy62

          I believe you are correct, sawdust can just sit in a pile and smolder for a very long time producing a vast amount of smoke. It would be kind of like smoking ribs etc.

    • PsycotikMind

      I think is that the saw dust is burned to finish the curing and drying process.

      • swj045

        you can drive around western ky and see large barns with smoke coming out of them.very large piles of saw dust piled up outside of them.

        • swj045

          they also cure some hams with sawdust

    • lostonmonday

      The sawdust is used to create a larger quantity of smoke. You can use sawdust on a charcoal grill the same way; get it soaking wet, then through it on the coals. I prefer to use wood chips in an aluminum pillow, but hey, sawdust works too.

      • SsgtJerikUSMC

        On the Charcoal grill, is this to imitate the effect of a smoker for flavor? Can this be replicated on a propane grill anyway? I have a small smokey Joe Weber for when I’m craving some charcoal grilled food but I primarily use my propane grill.

        • swj045

          try differnt types of wood chips also.hickory,apple,cherry they all have a little differnt taste.

        • lostonmonday

          Sure! Dip a handful or 2 of wood chips in water, then spread them out in a 4″x6″ aluminum packet, cut or rip 1″ holes in the top and through it on the grill. Make sure its smoking before your food goes on. It gets close to a charcoal grill in flavor.

        • pittjitsu

          Yup. You CAN put sawdust in a metal pie pan or any metel dish, stick it over the burner on your gas grill and it will smoke your food for you. When its raining out, this is how I cook outdoors. The key is to make sure your using good hard wood saw dust. If you go to the local furniture maker or carpenter, your likely to get a bag of dust that contains glue and chemicals from the assorted plywood and particle board they cut. So be careful where you get the saw dust from. It works Great by the way!

    • pittjitsu

      they put the sawdust on a metal plate or pot above the flame of the fire. The keep the dust moist so it smolders rather than burns when it heats up. This causes an excess of pure smoke from the wood. Depending on what wood you use, the tobacco will take on said flavor. This is also how you smoke food for competition BBQ

  • puffrey

    Wow, between this and Sam’s release, I am kind of puzzled to have never hear of this fire cured tobacco before. I don’t much and maybe I need to read up some more.
    Makes me want to eat a big juicy sirloin, then sit in front of the firepit with a tasty Scotch!

  • jomo

    Hmm, I’ve never had a MUWAT but this looks interesting. I might have to try 1.

  • neocigaro

    When I was reading through this it was like KFC I am all like what KFC is making cigars now, was thinking about chicken haha

    • swj045

      extra chrispy,you could have a winner.

      • Kace

        Lol. I thought the same thing!! I like mine in original with hot sauce.

    • connorkern

      Im down for a chicken flavored cigar haha

      • neocigaro

        Lol now that would be a weird cigar, chicken flavored haha

    • playersrun1

      original recipe!

  • SLCigarClassy101

    While I’ve never exactly been a fan of smoking infused cigars, Drew Estate is a company that I find is always trying something new and interesting. I’m a real fan of their Liga Privada line, constantly on the look out to snag my hands on each blend they produce. While I have yet to have a MUWAT cigar, this Kentucky fire cured cigar sounds like something right up my alley in complexity and flavors that would be enjoyable. Really looking forward to see what other cigars Drew Estate has in the works!

  • TimB

    Never smoked the Uzi thought it was just a fad boutique smoke.May just give this a try and get one before the other KFC makes them change the name…

    • vscarpine

      I thought the same thing but then I tried and Uzi and its one of my favs

  • Bpope31

    Sounds excellent. I need to start trying some drew estate cigars. Everyone seems to love them. Some really cool looking art at the top as well.

    • playersrun1

      yes, a great line-up of cigars…seems like something for everyone

  • http://irratebass.worpdress.com irratebass

    I swear is this was posted on 4/1 I would not have been surprised…..this just seems silly to me, but time will tell.

    • JJO

      Haha. Well, this is from the maker of Acid, after all. 😉

    • garlar10

      Hahaha, great point irratebass! Especially since the article keeps referring to the Kentucky Fire Cured method and KFC. A fried chicken infused cigar? thats when you know its April Fools!!

      • swj045

        will it have a chicken on the band? maybe the next one will be called my chicken weighs a ton.

        • zanlamb

          Haha. Ye change the eagle for a chicken. That would be funny.

  • MR_EXPRESS

    Interesting. Also, My Uzi Weighs a Ton sticks are probably pretty good, but the name is just downright hilarious. Uzi’s aren’t at all heavy firearms.

    • neocigaro

      Haha there is some weird names out there that is definitely one of them.

      • pittjitsu

        the name came from when J. Drew was having the first batch of then named Uzi’s rolled. When he picked up the tray of them he said ” my uzis weigh a ton” and so the name stuck. Has nothing to do with the firearm of the same name

        • neocigaro

          Interesting I didn’t know that learn something new everyday.

        • playersrun1

          i thought Uzi was the name of one of his big-boned rollers!

    • JJO

      It comes from a Public Enemy rap song.

      • MR_EXPRESS

        Well, that makes more sense, lol.

    • pittjitsu

      The name is not regarding the weight of the firearm. Its actually because JD first named the Cigar Uzi. When he went to go pick up the first tray of them that where rolled in 60×6, they where heavy and he said “wow, My Uzi’s weigh a ton” and so the name stuck from there.

  • Rob

    A lot of talk recently about fire cured tobacco. It must be an exciting time to work in this industry.

    • Walshy

      It must be. I think just in general it would be cool as hell to work in the cigar industry. I just came acquaintances with Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars. He is always going back and forth to Nicaragua and the Dominican. I just think the travel would be awesome. Oh yeah and to get paid to smoke cigars all day long.

      • Rob

        I’ve traveled a lot for my job but not to places anyone really wants to go. I’d love to travel to the DR or Nicaragua…and to smoke cigars all day would be a bonus.

  • vscarpine

    I enjoy almost anything drew estate and really enjoy MY Uzi weighs a ton…so looking forward to this and anything else that comes out in this line

    • david121

      as a drew estate fan, what would you recommend? Personal favorites?

      • MorganGeo

        Bryan got me interested in the Acid Blondie in one of his reviews I saw. I’m just curious to try out that ‘candy’ taste. I have an idea in my head about what its going to be like. This is one of those where I’ll just pick up one at a local shop just to try.

        A good friend of mine likes the Kuba Kuba but haven’t heard much about it.

        • Walshy

          Drew Estate have a ton more premium cigars other then infused. The whole Liga Privada line are excellent for the most part. And man are they sought after. They will be the first to sell out on any online store before a ton of other Great cigars. So don’t limit yourself to just their infused cigars.

          • SsgtJerikUSMC

            I am really looking forward to seeking these out now. I constantly see their Acid, and other infused lines everywhere and hope to find some of their non-infused stuff. It seems a lot of their promotional attempts go towards the infused I wonder if some of their non-infused stuff gets passed over because of it?

          • Walshy

            I know from hearing it from Bryan that the Acid line is the number 1 selling cigar in the world. So yes im sure they spend a ton of money to market that. You really have to look for Liga Privada. When i first heard that i had no idea it was from DE. The Liga line is huge as well but much more uncommon if thats the correct wording. Hard to get i guess would be better.

      • vscarpine

        I really enjoy his ACID Blonde and Toast. If you like coffee flavor you will enjoy his JAVA line. I also like his natural dirt (not infused I believe). I enjoy the Liga Privada Undercrown.

        My personal favs in order:
        1. Liga Privada Undercrown
        2. Uzi
        3. Natural Dirt
        4.Blondie
        5. Java (not mint)

      • swj045

        try one called the big juicy if you like a sweet cigar

  • Kalven

    Hats of to JD and Saka. They are real innovators, with passion and knowledge. I’ll have to try the KFC. What’s next with these guys?

    • Walshy

      I agree 100%. They seem to always be 1 step ahead of the curve. I can’t wait for this blend to hit the stores. If they are anything like the MUWAT then they surely will be tasty.

  • smokethis

    Pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuff are fire cured.

    • swj045

      like to know where in ky they are getting their tobbaco from.

  • kurngar

    I liked the MUWAT that I smoked, and intend on buying more at my B&M. The kentucky fire cured is on my list now.

    On a separate note, for a “Press Release” the article is full of bad proof reading, words run together and what not. I know I am a grammar Nazi but this kind of stuff seems to happen more often than not.

    • Walshy

      If they keep coming out with great cigars like MUWAT and the Liga Privada line then i can over look some misspelled words.

    • swj045

      I thought it was just my eyes sight this time of morning.

  • stevenknisley

    I honestly don’t like the MUWAT name but I really want to try this KFC blend

  • http://web.t-online.hu/mezossy777/index.html MPeter7

    The fire cured tobacco often smells like the tarry sleeper, below the railway tracks :)
    I tried it within pipe, and I liked it. I’m sure it’s good within cigars too.

    • david121

      what was it like?

  • gtclark

    Must be the next big thing…I’m waiting for my ultra-big-ring-gauge-fire-cured-ligero-nub cigar

    • kb9311

      I guess their trying to find the next big fad in cigar making, maybe this fire cured thing is it?

    • lostonmonday

      I’ll take one of those in maduro please…

  • SsgtJerikUSMC

    I’ve never tried any of Drew Estates smokes other than those that are infused. I like them, they’re not my favorite, but they are definitely of quality. Any suggestions on some of their non-infused stuff? Maybe I’ll try out this new brand for starters.

    • david121

      just run through all the drew estate reviews Bryan has here on the site. You’re bound to find something you think sounds good!

    • Rob

      I started out with the Undercrown and LP Papas Fritas then LP No 9. All great smokes. I have a couple T52 but have not tried them yet.

    • Walshy

      Go after the Liga Privada line. #9,T52, Ferel Flying Pig, all of them are excellent smokes. Ive never been disappointed. Honestly.

      • SsgtJerikUSMC

        Great thanks guys! I’ll definitely keep my eye out for these ones.

    • pittjitsu

      Try the Liga Privada undercrown (lightest) then the #9 (deeper) then the T52. Also, if your into smaller cigars their are the baitfish and the Papa frita, the Papapa Frita is a mixed filler cigar made from the trimmings of all the cigars in the Liga Privada line.

  • Wucioswong

    excited to see the review of these…. and to try one myself

  • Mr Rojas

    I think I understand what fire cured tobacco is, but how then are cigars normaly cured? Or are they?

    • lostonmonday

      Cured with time and air. There’s lots of neato’ videos on YouTube, just search, “how to make a cigar”.

  • garlar10

    Hmmm, I wonder if this is going to be like bourbon barrel flavored beers. All the micros breweries seem to have at least one bourbon barrel beer. It will be interesting if other cigar manufactures get into this kentucky fire cured trend.

  • david121

    When I first started reading this I read it as “Kentucky Fried Chicken” lol that would be an interesting cigar!
    The only Drew Estate I’ve had was the Blondie. Not a bad experience. I think I’m going to try the Java next, my friend suggested it to me

    • SsgtJerikUSMC

      The Java is great. I tried one out based on Bryan’s review and it was delicious. Definitely more of a desert type of Cigar with the infused flavors but worth a try for sure. I smoked mine after dinner with a Colombian coffee.

  • Walshy

    I could only imagine how pissed JD is. Im sure he wanted to be one of the first to come out with a line of this “Fire Cured” tobacco. And just yesterday that new line from Sam Leccia was announced. I bet you said a few choice words for not being the first.

    • Walshy

      I bet “he” not you said a few choice words.^^^^

    • Rob

      Well neither are out yet. JD still has an opportunity to release his first.

      • Walshy

        I was basing on the Press Release. Not the actual release. Im sure he will get his out first.

        • Rob

          I hope so. I am more inclined to try a cigar from a manufacturer that I already like.

  • RobinsonV

    I dig the graphics on the boxes or bundles. I hope the cigar is as good

  • Chaz

    Good to see some reasonable ring gauges here- the huge rings have kept me away from MUWAT’s in the past. Sounds like an interesting smoke.

  • reallybigd

    Has anyone here tried any of the Uzi series? I know Drew Estates makes “classic” style cigars, but they have all these brands and lines that seem to be aimed towards non-cigar smokers with all these crazy infused cigars, colored packaging, and names. Has anyone tried the Uzi line, and your opinion?

    I’m new to smoking cigars, but so far Padron and Alec Bradly are by far the best. I’ve tried probably 4-5 Rocky Patel’s and haven’t been overly impressed.

    • pittjitsu

      I have tried the entire line from dirty rats to flying feral pigs to the Uzi, the ligas and acids. the only thing I havent tried is the coffee infused cigars like tabak. They are GREAT cigars in general. I would say that the infuded Acids are the worst of the bunch and that’s only because the others are so good. I would start with an Undercrown and see what you think. If you like it, you will love the #9. There is always a debate as to which is better, the T52 or the #9.One is grittier and the other one is more balanced and smoother. Both are amazing smokes IMO. Th e Uzis are also great but do not compare with the #9. To me, the 9 is top notch and sits with the best of them. AF. Padron and AB.

  • Texvet

    I will happily try this new brand. But, I won’t chase it all over heck’s 1/2 acre for it. I am not all that impressed with the whole “outside of the box” funky hats and glasses thing. But the DE stuff I’ve tried has been enjoyable.

  • LunchBox87km

    Never tried this brand but will love to try it specially once they release the KFC smokes Will have to check out the brand for sure an see if my local B&M Carries it

  • AngSolo

    Hmmm seems like fire cured tobacco is the latest fad. I’m going to have to try one when available so I guess I’ll see what all the huff is about. I mean Your going to smoke smoked leaf. How much more smokey can you get !

  • NMartin

    Another fire-cured tobacco proclamation. I can’t wait. If this means more strength and body, it’s definitely for me. I’ve been wanting to try the MUWAT for a little while now, I guess now’s as good a time as ever to go grab one.

    • samgiroux42

      Just missed a huge sale on it from Cigar Monster today. Almost picked it up.

      • SsgtJerikUSMC

        I know! I just missed it by minutes. The deals that come out on the Monster Mash Ups are insane!

  • USA2ndAmendment

    This is awesome! I am super excited about this cigar. It sounds great, and it’s from Drew Estate, one of my top 2 cigar brands. Any idea when they should hit local cigar stores and not just online?

  • samgiroux42

    Sounds pretty promising. May stay away from the honkin’ huge ring gauge, but the Chunky seems up my alley.

  • vscarpine

    what exactly does fire cured mean…does anyone know how it changes/improves the taste? Just wondering cause I have never heard of it before

    • SsgtJerikUSMC

      If you go over to the Sam Leccia update, he himself talks about the process and it’s effects.

      • MorganGeo

        Per Sam Leccia …. ‘The wood fire cured technique is as old as tobacco itself. It’s just a different way of drying the leaves. Give a very unique flavor and aroma. I added just a leaf in the blend. It doesn’t overpower it or under-perform. I stumbled across it when creating the blend, and knew I needed to try and use it. I really feel it ties the blend together.’

        • vscarpine

          Interesting I will have to try one of these fire cured cigars to try/taste them myself

  • Joseph Szeremet

    I absolutely love the MUWAT line. As a favorite of mine I love that Drew Estates is continuing and growing it. However I went to the Drew Estates website and could not find any information about the MUWAT line at all. Kind of disappointing.

  • dvillan87

    I can’t wait for these. I have 10 MUWAT Baitfish and love those little suckers !!! I just hope that these have more of a pepper spice kick, the baitfish has alot of flavor but i feel like it is missing something, hope these new MUWAT adresses this.

  • mrl4889

    Not a huge fan of the original MUWAT line but I must say the “digital son six” which was exclusive to Outland cigars here in Charlotte NC (my local B+M) is absolutely incredible. Full, rich, oily flavors much different from the original MUWAT. So if this new KFC line is anything like that we are in for a real treat.

    PS if anyone is interested I think Outland cigars will take online orders for the Digital Son Six. I highly recommend them

    • pittjitsu

      Are the digital son six made by drew estate?

      • mrl4889

        Yup it is a MUWAT, very similar to the bait fish, just a few tweaks to the blend

  • Kace

    Everytime they said KFC in the article, all I could think about was chicken. Lol.

  • zanlamb

    Sounds very like the Sam Leccia Black Dominican or is that just me?

  • Kace

    I was looking at some videos on YouTube about fire cured tobacco and I noticed this process is used on snuff and chewing tobacco. It’s going to be interesting to try.

  • connorkern

    How do you finish a leaf with sawdust?

    • lostonmonday

      Fires are used to heat cure the tobacco, and as the last step, sawdust is added to the fires to increase the smoke, thereby imparting more smoke flavor into the tobacco leaves.

  • Freddy62

    I can’t wait to get my hands on these, I bet it’s going to be a very unique smoke!

  • gumby_130

    Being from kentucky can’t wait it try it. Hope it pair well with bourbon.

  • playersrun1

    wasnt the last press release about fire cured cigars? seems like a trend already

    • vscarpine

      I was thinking the same thing…seems like its going to become the theme of the summer

  • zanlamb

    can anyone suggest the best spot for cigars in Miami? Im visiting from the UK soon

  • playersrun1

    looking forward to DE coming to CI at Hamburg later this month for their big promo event

  • Boucher207

    I’ll have to try these.

  • http://codeonthebrain.wordpress.com TampaPete

    As stated above, most pipe tobacco is “fire cured” in one way or another, it’s part of the aging process, just like aging and rotating the cigar leaf bales. Kentucky, especially Cumberland, tobacco is very common in many pipe blends, and there are a few where it’s the primary leaf. The best one I’ve had is G.L. Pease Cumberland (http://www.smokingpipes.com/tobacco/by-maker/g-l-pease/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=1596). Interestingly enough, GLP also makes a blend with cigar leaf in it.
    Long story short, I’m looking forward to trying these soon :)

  • BBEJ4321

    I can’t wait to try this

  • D-Pap

    Depending on what type of wood (sawdust) they use for the fire curing it could be a rank smoke. Latakia is a type of pipe tobacco that is fire cured and when burning IMO smells like burning tires. It does however taste better than it smells. It also increases the strength of the blend. It works for some in pipe tobacco, but I don’t know how the cigar public will react to it. If it smells anything like Latakia count me out.

  • dbfr181

    I’m sure DE will have another home run here with this one!

  • Bosoxlaxcarl

    I don’t know if it is just the college student in me or what, but whenever I see Kentucky in regards to things like this it instantly triggers thoughts of bourbon, which brings me to this question have any of you guys tried the Maker’s Mark cigars? I really like their bourbon and would like to try the cigars. I think it would be awesome to see a video review up here on CO

  • GurkhaMan

    As a pipe and cigar smoker I can tell you, smoked and fire-cured tobaccos are a good thing! I love the MUWAT, haven’t tried the Baitfish yet but can’t wait to try KFC! (They should sell them in buckets. Lol)

  • PAG

    The release mentions “fire cured tobaccos of Kentucky and Dark Fire Cured of Virginia”. Does anybody know of any readily available cigars that use either of these? It might provide a little sneak preview.