The boys at Drew Estate have caused quite a stir in the cigar industry in the last few years. With the release of a multitude of unique brands, they're quickly becoming known for producing high quality, premium smokes that come with shapes and names as unusual and creative as the blends themselves! The MUWAT (My Uzi Weighs A Ton) is a perfect example of creativity and exceptional construction colliding into one fantastic smoke. According to Jonathan Drew: “The MUWAT story began on the very first final consumer blending session at the Joya de Nicaragua factory in late 2010 during a Cigar Safari tour. After conducting blending sessions for the previous 3 years at the Drew Estate factory we were amped up to extend the concept to JDN. As months of blending passed, I felt this blend was most noble in the 6×60 format and began calling this cigar “MUWAT”. We all had a good laugh at the name, but when I went back to their factory to pick up the round of 50 sticks, the brand was officially born.”
Today the cigar is manufactured at the Joya de Nicaragua factory and is released though Drew Estate’s Subculture Studios. This massive stogie is a combination of both Drew Estate tobaccos and Joya de Nicaragua tobaccos, starting with an oily and slightly toothy San Andres Negro wrapper which covers and Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade binder which hugs Brazilian Mata Fina fillers from Drew Estate which are coupled with Nicaraguan strong fillers from Joya de Nicaragua. Expertly crafted, this medium to full-bodied smoke will lend complex notes of earth, leather, pepper, cocoa and sweetness. The smoke can last up to three hours, so take this bad boy out for a night on the town and pair it with your favorite tequila.
The Nicaraguan cigar industry originated when Cuban cigar makers escaped the revolution and re-established their livelihood in Nicaragua with Cuban-seed tobacco. Blessed with dark, rich soil, their new home was ideal for tobacco cultivation and Nicaragua quickly became known for cigars that rivaled Cuban quality. Unfortunately, revolution and war came to Nicaragua in the 1980s and devastated the industry, but it’s rebounded dramatically and is once again producing tobacco considered by many to be the finest in the world.
The Esteli Valley is in many ways the heart of Nicaraguan production and is known for its very powerful and spicy tobacco. The Jalapa Valley produces arguably the finest tobacco in the country: somewhat sweeter and less intense than Esteli, but extremely complex. The tobacco of the Condega Valley is often described as a blend of the other two regions.
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