My Uzi Weighs a Ton is the latest creation from Drew Estate, but its name has been around since the days of Chuck D and Flavor Flav. Below are some lyrics from the song by Public Enemy and while I am not a fan of rap one cannot deny the effect of the group on the social climate of the inner city.
Like their rap predecessors Drew Estate has had a similar effect on the social climate of the cigar world and their innovative approach is not matched by anyone in the business, but what do you expect from a couple of kids from Brooklyn?
According to Drew Estate,
“The Collaboration: “My UZI Weighs a Ton” by Subculture Studios and JDN is the first formal cigar blending collaboration between Drew Estate Tobacco Company and Joya de Nicaragua.”
“The 411: The UZI story began on the very first final consumer blending session at the Joya de Nicaragua factory in late 2010 during a Cigar Safari tour with the B.O.T.L. group. After conducting blending sessions for the previous 3 years at the Drew Estate factory, we were amped up to extend the concept to JDN. While the B.O.T.L. group crafted their blends, I worked with the JDN team utilizing DE tobaccos, including a San Andreas Negro Wrapper, Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade Binder and hearty Brazilian Mata Fina Filler, coupled with Nicaraguan fillers provided by JDN. The blend proved to be rich and earthy, with a bright, sweet undertone.”
“As months of blending passed, I felt this blend was most noble in the 6×60 format and began calling this cigar “The Uzi.” 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, I said, “Damn, My UZI’s Weigh a Ton!” – and the brand was officially born. The initial sizes are 5×60, 6×60, and 7×60 – with the infamous “Bait Shop” (4×44) to follow.” – Jonathan Drew
Cigar: My Uzi Weighs A Ton
Size: 7 x 60
Wrapper: San Andres Maduro
Binder: Connecticut Valley Broadleaf
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina Oscuro, Nicaraguan Seco Jalapa, Nicaraguan Viso Condega and Nicaraguan Esteli Ligero.
Strength: Starts out Medium, Ends Full
Number Smoked: 2 (1 – 5 x 60 & 1 – 7 x 60)
Appearance and Construction: The Mexican wrapper has only a minimal amount of veins and is a rich medium brown with a nice amount of oils visible. In the hand the cigar feels a bit rough, like a light grade of sand paper and under close inspection there is a fine tooth. It also feels like it, weighs a ton. This might be one of the heaviest cigars I’ve ever held and smoked in terms of weight. The samples sent to me from Jonathan Drew don’t have bands on them, and
I am not sure to be honest if they will have them when they are officially released in July. will have a band on them when officially released at IPCPR.
Flavors & Notes: The foot of the cigar has a raw musky note and a hint of sweetness that borders on molasses. The draw reminds me of maple syrup with slight notes of earth. As I smoke the first third of the cigar I am rather surprised given the name, the cigar is packed, but I wouldn’t say it is fully loaded. Medium strength at this point the cigar has a nice subtle spice to it with hints of black cherry and apricots over a canvas of cinnamon and fine leather. In the second third of the cigar the spice begins to kick it up a notch making this on the heavier side of medium at best. Along with the spice is some notes of chocolate but not much else. I’m not saying it is a bad thing, but I kind of expected more complexity. The last third of this marathon smoke serves up notes of leather and chocolate with some lingering spice. The last third of the cigar regains some of that sweetness experienced in the first third.
Smoking Characteristics: The cigar burns slow, lasting about 3 hours. It never went out on me which surprised me considering the size. I’ve had bad experiences with a lot of larger ring cigars having burn or draw issues at some point and that wasn’t the case with my samples. The light color ash held on about 1-1.5″ at a time, and the cigar produced a decent amount of smoke. The aroma was pleasant adding the to notes of the cigar.
Conclusion: I need a nap. That is my first though when finished with this mammoth cigar. Kudos to JD thinking of me and asking for my mailing address especially considering I do not care for large ring gauge cigars. But over the course of the 3 hours I adapted to smoking this. But like Patrick over at Smoking Stogie, I too something was missing in this cigar. But since I enjoyed the 7 x 60 more then the 5 x 60, I’ll give it another shot when the regular release comes out but for now this Uzi wasn’t fully loaded. Maybe this will come out in a small ring gauge in the future where I think this cigar could really blow things up.
Footnote: I guess I am showing my age, because there is also a song called Carry It which Patrick pointed out on his review over at Smoking Stogie. The song features the lyric “My Uzi Weighs A Ton”. Eh, Give me the PE song any day, at least Chuck D had some skills. Although, Tom Morello can definite shred with the best of them.