Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Binder: Nicaraguan (Proprietary)
Filler: Kentucky and Virginian Fire Cured, Nicaraguan, Brazilian Mata Fina
Size: 5.5 x 34 “Panatela”
Price: $4.20 MSRP
Today we take a look at the brand new MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Yoko Ono…er…Kyotos. This is the newest size to the blend.
Whether you call it a Panatela or a Cigarillo, it is a sipping straw.
I reviewed the MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured just after it came out a year ago in the 6 x 52 size. I liked it very much. This little firecracker should improve on that due to size.
The original press release from Drew Estate says that the cigar spent 2-1/2 years in development. And that it wasn’t manufactured in DE’s factory, but the JDN factory. No reason is given. Only that it is a joint venture between the two companies.
Cigar Aficionado says that DE went back to the drawing board during processing to fix burn issues that were common to the cigar. Did they fix it?
There is a certain rustic look to the stick. Seams are visible. Veins are plentiful. The wrapper is very toothy. It appears to have a single cap.
I clip the cap and find aromas of strong hickory BBQ. And a very syrupy maple aroma. The peat described in the PR is very definitive.
I can also smell spice, ginger and cocoa.
Time to light up.
The draw is perfect.
This should come as no shock but I taste a very intense, smoky, hickory element. And a delicious sweetness. I can taste beef jerky. Cocoa shows itself.
The smokiness is extremely powerful. Much more so than the Latakia in the AJ Spectre.
The sweetness and cocoa are perfect offsets for this potent element.
Right off the bat, the MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Kyotos is right in your face.
The follow up is a very smooth, buttery creaminess. All of this ratchets down the potency of the smokiness.
The peat is now neck and neck with the fire cured flavor.
I want to thank buddy, Brian Gulley, for gifting this cigar to me.
Less than an inch in, the cigar becomes very powerful. The strength is medium/full.
The cigar has some definite soft spots. It is not packed the way I expected it to be. Therefore, it is a quick burn.
Here are the flavors in order: Smoky hickory, peat, maple, sweetness, cocoa, spice, pine, and creaminess.
And the char line is behaving just OK.
It’s taken me less than 5 minutes to smoke 1-3/4”. I have 3-3/4” to go. This may not be any longer than a 15 minute cigar.
The MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Kyotos makes a solid impact on the palate.
I reach the halfway point in about 7-8 minutes.
The flavor profile started out very bold but has now flattened out.
The strongest flavor is black pepper. The others on the list have moved to the background.
So consistency is an issue.
Not to mention the fast burn.
The Kyotos are sold in 5 packs and mazos of 10. Buying 10 brings the price down to $2.96.
But we are back to the gimmick thing. The fact that this is an extension of the flavor infused blends from Drew Estate, you have to factor in that the production of the cigar is more complex than the average cigar.
Because it is burning so fast, I am running up and down trying to capture it in photos. I’m not really getting a fair chance to really enjoy the cigar.
The last 1-3/4” improves dramatically. The creaminess moves to the forefront. The flavors: Creaminess, black pepper, smoky hickory, peat, maple, sweetness, cocoa, spice, and pine return in spades.
You will need a roach clip to finish the last inch. Especially, since this cigar size is designed for smokers on the run. Don’t want the roach to fall into my lap while driving. Of course, if you are at a stop light sitting next to a cop and he looks over while you are puffing your MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Kyotos, he will pull you over.
For the price, it is a good cigar for its purpose.
One of the things that has kept me from buying more of the MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured cigars after they were released is the flavor profile. It is so intense in a weird way that you really have to be in the mood for it. I smoked Acid cigars for a long time about 15 years ago when they were new. But after a couple years, I tired of them and wanted to get away from flavored cigars. No matter how well they were blended and how good the tobacco is.
This is a good blend for newbies and women. It’s interesting and has very little to do with a real premium cigar. There is nothing subtle about the MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Kyotos.
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