March 11, 2012

My Uzi Weighs a Ton Robusto (5x60)

My UZI Weighs A Ton cigars are the fruit of a collaboration between Drew Estate and Joya de Nicaragua. Brazilian Mata Fina Oscuro, Nicaraguan Esteli Ligero, Nicaraguan Seco Jalapa and Nicaraguan Viso Condega longfillers are framed in CT Broadleaf Maduro binders, and wrapped in San Andreas Negro capas. Their quirky name stems from Drew Estate founder Jonathan Drew's favorite 6 x 60 vitola, lovingly called it his "Uzi." Picking up a wheel of them, he exclaimed, "Damn, my UZI weighs a TON!"

This cigar is part of Drew's Subculture line. Only created in small batches, Subculture offers Drew Estate fans blends that are a bit more exclusive than their standard lines such as ACID or Natural. In fact, some ACID and Natural cigars can be found under the Subculture line, among others. These cigars are created with the finest Nicaraguan tobaccos and rolled by Drew Estate’s top torcedors. In addition, the tobaccos found in each Subculture cigar have been aged for an entire year longer than any tobaccos used in Drew Estate’s other phenomenal blends.

My Uzi Weighs A Ton begins with a San Andres maduro wrapper from Mexico - a rich, super flavorful leaf with a raw earthy finish and a touch of bittersweet chocolate - which conceals a special Connecticut Capote binder on top of Nicaraguan and Brazilia Mata Fina long fillers. Complex from head to foot, you can expect thick smoke with an effortless draw as these enormous cigars are only available in 3 sizes, 5.0"x60, 6.0"x60, and 7.0"x60. Today I am reviewing the 5.0x60 Robusto.

Video review HERE.

This is a well made, dense cigar. It is dark in color thanks to the maduro San Andres wrapper.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good, especially for a cigar this large. The initial flavors were dark chocolate, citrus, vanilla and a lot of pepper. There is faint vanilla on the finish along with some pepper.

Just a little further down the road the cigar has settled down and it is now a grapefruit citrus with sweet vanilla notes from the Mata Fina tobacco. The dark semi-sweet chocolate is the primary flavor. This cigar puts off a lot of smoke. The vanilla finish is now much thicker and creamier. The pepper is nice and strong and it's definitely black pepper.

At the 3/4" point the cigar developed a very nice richness. The vanilla appears to be where the richness is coming from. It's very much like a grapefruit and vanilla center of a chocolate candy. The pepper is not overbearing. In fact, it balances the cigar. The finish continues to have the creamy vanilla flavor with lingering pepper.

The ash reach a length of approximately 1 1/2 inches before dropping off. (in the ashtray, thank goodness) The cigar is burning very evenly.

At the midpoint the only change is on the finish. A few of those grapefruit notes slip over to the finish from time to time. Primarily the finish is one of vanilla.  The cigar is indeed medium bodied and I do not expect it to get much fuller. I found this to be a little odd for a maduro but that's the way this cigar is. The cigar is going along nicely.

In the final third the grapefruit notes are now the lead flavor followed by the dark chocolate and vanilla. The cigar continues to burn very evenly.

As the cigar wound down it remained rich. The name of the cigar is somewhat misleading. You might expect it to be very heavy and full bodied but it isn't. It is medium bodied. The chocolate notes combined with the citrus and rich vanilla have made this a very good cigar.

Score: 91

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