Brand: Drew Estate Country: Nicaragua
Size: Just A Friend 6 x 52 Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Price: $8.15 ( Buy ) No. Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
The first that comes to mind when I look at this label is the resemblance to a sign you might find in front of a General Store in a small town, probably right next to the saloon. With the name of the stick coming from the use of Fire Cured tobacco from Kentucky, I feel pretty confident saying this is exactly the rural vibe that Drew Estate was going for. Mission: Accomplished.
What We Liked:
The pre-light aroma smells unlike anything I’ve ever smoked before. It’s easy to throw leather around, but this is as leathery as it gets. Imagine if you took a brand new leather baseball glove and let it sit in a smoker for a few hours; that’s the aroma you’ll get from the KFC. When combined with the sharp color contrasts between the tobacco above and below the label, the Kentucky Fire Cured does a great job of getting you excited and intrigued to light up.
Surprisingly, the flavors on the initial light are nowhere near as crazy as I was expecting. But honestly, I don’t really know what I was expecting? Fried chicken and mashed potatoes? Well maybe not expecting, but a guy can dream, right?
Instead, the smoked leather from the pre-light rings loud and clear. It’s hard to understate the smokiness here, as the fire cured tobacco does not hesitate to let you know he’s there. After a little while, the smokiness begins to lose ground, allowing in a slightly sweet molasses-like flavor. Once this shift takes place, it no longer seems like such a wild and crazy stick, just an interesting one.
The typical fantastic Drew Estate construction is present here as well. So at least if you don’t find the flavor to your liking, you’ll have more than enough smoke to be able to practice blowing rings for the full hour and a half you’ll need to power through.
What We Didn’t Like:
If you demand complexity, this is DEFINITELY not the cigar for you. This is the cigar for when you just need a relaxing and enjoyable smoke. When I write that, I begin to wonder why you would ever want anything else. It sounds ridiculous, right? I’ve made the analogy before but you don’t always want to watch the Oscar nominated character piece. Sometimes, you just want to watch Surf Ninjas.
Should You Try/Buy It:
No matter what you end up thinking about the flavor, you’ll definitely agree it’s unlike anything you currently have in your smoking rotation. With so many cigars that taste the same, it’s nice to have one that just absolutely takes it in other direction, even if that direction is fairly linear.
Interested in trying the Kentucky Fire Cured? You can purchase it here.