It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Drew Estate My Uzi Weighs a Ton Kentucky Fire Cured Yard Bird. This 5×50 Torpedo was recently released at the annual Kentucky Fire Cured Barn Smoker in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. I was fortunate enough to attend this event and published in-depth coverage right here on iROBUSTO. Be sure to check that out as well! The Yard Bird is an event-only size for the Kentucky Fire Cured blend, meaning you can only get them at the Barn Smokers and other select Drew Estate events. I find varying information regarding the exact blend of the cigar, but it appears the cigar features two wrappers, one being a San Andres Maduro. Inside is a blend of Nicaraguan, Brazilian Mata Fina, and of course, American Kentucky Fire Cured tobacco.
The wrapper gives off a smoky hickory aroma reminiscent of a bonfire alongside a slight floral smell. Out of the foot, I find a similar aroma with an extra barbeque element to it. The cold draw only gives me some bitter wood flavor. Once lit, I get a mild smoky hickory flavor and black pepper spice on the draw. Through the nose, I find sweet caramel and hickory. On the finish, I pick up similar flavors with spicy coffee.
Twenty-five minutes in, I finish the first third. There is some salty earth alongside meaty wood and smoky barbeque flavor on the draw. Through the nose, I find more smoky barbeque and hickory notes. The finish gives me a little black pepper spice and undertones of smoky mocha and caramel. Strength and body are at the medium mark.
The second third closes out at fifty-five minutes. On the draw, I find an oily, bitterness to the smoky notes on top of a creamy chocolate. The retro-hale produces cedar with a hint of molasses and maple syrup. The finish is bold with a smoky chocolate note alongside salty hickory. All of these flavors are topped off with a barrage of smoky, bonfire-barbeque-hardwood goodness. The strength and body jump up to the medium-to-full mark.
After one hour and twenty minutes, the final third closes out at the nub. The barbeque, bonfire, and smoked hardwood notes continue to be dominate. The draw also bombs me with molasses on top of a charred peanut flavor. Through the nose, I find hints of caramel, cedar, and coffee. I pick up on some oily earth and black pepper on the finish. Strength and body close out at the medium-to-full mark.
The Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured cigars are an awesome change of pace for a unique, delicious experience. The Yard Bird is no exception and is a welcome addition to the growing profile this blend offers. It’s not overly complex, but it doesn’t have to be. The flavors I pick out in this review are to be taken as light hints of flavor I’ve found on top of the phenomenal blast of smoky hardwood, barbeque, and bonfire-esque flavors that dominate this smoke. It’s not an everyday cigar, but it’s certainly one I’ll be keeping in my “every-once-in-a-while” rotation. The fire cured tobacco segment in the premium cigar industry is small, but Drew Estate successfully leads the charge with the Kentucky Fire Cured line. I highly recommend these cigars.
It’s all about the smoke!