Subculture Studios and JDN My UZI Weighs A Ton

In doing the legwork for this week’s cigar review, I was reminded of the broad spectrum of cigar preferences. While the chatter on twitter has been generally positive with regard to the new My UZI Weighs A Ton (or MUWAT, or MUWT, but I’ll call it “the Uzi”), I also encountered a number of comments by people that were put off by either the unusual name, or the size of stick. It seems like an odd thing to bring up at the beginning of a review, but it gives me an excuse to share a Steve Saka quote Jonathan Drew cited recently: “If you try to make a blend that everyone likes, you won’t make a blend that anyone will love.” I like that policy, it made me even more interested in trying out the Uzi.

But before we get into my feelings on the cigar, a little background. To begin with, the name. The Uzi is not a Liga Privada extension, it’s set to be officially released at the 2011 IPCPR trade show as a joint venture between the Drew Estate’s artistic side project “Subculture Studios” and Joya De Nicaragua. It’s comprised mainly of Drew Estate tobacco, but it’s actually made by Joya De Nicaragua. And, as has been discussed around the blogs, the “My UZI Weighs A Ton” part is an old hip-hop reference, most likely to a Public Enemy song of the same name.

The Uzi will come in brown paper-wrapped bundles of 20, in three sizes, 5 x 60, 6 x 60 and 7 x 60. Though not officially released yet, the 6 x 60 vitola is for sale at select retailers in unbanded bundles of 10. (Which is where my review cigars come from. Drew Estate was kind enough to also send me samples of the 5 x 60 and the 7 x 60.)

It’s time to fire up the Uzi.

Cigar Stats:
Size: 6 x 60
Wrapper: San Andreas Negro
Binder: Connecticut Capote Broadleaf
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina Oscuro, Nicaraguan Ligero Esteli, Viso Condega and Seco Jalapa.
Smoking Time: 2 1/2 hours
Beverage: Water
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Price: MSRP $9.95

The Pre-Smoke
The name fits, the Uzi is one hefty smoke, with an oily, deep reddish brown wrapper, traced through with medium to large veins. The sticks I burned for this review were also toothy, and given to cosmetic imperfections, mostly superficial holes that were easy to overlook. The cigars were firm and had that barnyard-on-a-hot-day scent. In the cold draw I tasted creamy chocolate and a touch of sweetness.

The Burn
I did run into some trouble with the burn, but I’m going to give the Uzi the benefit of the doubt, and I’ll tell you why. In my hurry to get this review out before banded Uzis debut at the upcoming trade show, I didn’t afford these cigars the pre-review recovery period normally do. And since the issues were minor and consistent with many of my right-off-the-truck experiences (touch ups mostly), it only seems fair to do so.

I noticed that the Uzi doesn’t quite match the Liga Privada line in terms the volume of smoke off the foot of the cigar, but it’s still generates a good cloud. And that’s something to keep in mind when you’re deciding where to light one up.

The Flavor
You might expect that a cigar called My Uzi Weighs A Ton to open up, ligero barrels blazing, but that wasn’t the case. Things got off to a mellow start with some creamy, earthy chocolate. I picked up nougat and cinnamon as well in the initial third At times, the Uzi almost tasted like a cinnamon roll, albeit one with an earthy chocolate sauce added for good measure.

The second third was a continuation of the first without much of a change. But not long before the final third began the body started to pick up noticeably. The creaminess and cinnamon were gone at this point, and it was all about smokey dark chocolate, earth and a little leather.

The Price
The price will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Drew Estate’s Liga Privada lines. Given the ton of tobacco it contains, it might actually be a little cheaper.

The Verdict
The Uzi won’t make my top ten list for the year, but it’s a pretty enjoyable cigar, even taking into consideration its uncomfortable girth. The profile is straightforward and burns longer than other cigars the same length. That can be either good or bad, depending on your need for evolving flavor. You definitely get your money’s worth, but for me, I think I’d be better served by the 5 x 60 size.

Fans of the Liga Privada lines will probably enjoy the My Uzi Weighs A Ton, however, it’s not likely to replace the LP’s as your favorite, unless size is a deciding factor.

Liked It: Yes
Buy It Again: Maybe
Recommend It: Liga Privada fans should try it.

Tower of Burn
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