MUWAT Bait Fish

MUWAT Bait Fish #1

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4 x 44
Wrapper : Mexican San Andreas
Filler : Brazilian, Nicaragua
Binder : Connecticut Shade
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The MUWAT (My Uzi Weighs A Ton) project is a collaborative effort between Drew Estate’s Subculture Studios and Joya de Nicaragua Factory. Rolled at the Joya factory the MUWAT Bait Fish was officially released at the 2011 IPCPR trade show and is exclusively sold through New Havana Cigars out of Columbus, Ohio.

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Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Gran Consul

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 4.75 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Havana-seed
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-7 each
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The Antano! One of the most powerful cigars on the market. In fact for many years it was THE most powerful cigar around. Here's some info from the manufacturer:

Antaño in Spanish means "yesteryear", a name that is a tribute to the Joya de Nicaragua cigar of the 70's when the brand became one of the favorite smokes in the US market.

This is a full bodied cigar, made totally by hand with 100% Nicaraguan tobacco. The filler, binder and wrapper are Havana Criollo seed grown in Nicaragua. The shiny Colorado wrapper and the complexity of the blend give a very distinctive personality to this cigar, created to satisfy the most exigent smoker who looks for a strong cigar, rich in taste and aroma. Introduced in 2002, Antaño actually is one of the favorite cigars in the American Market and is a symbol of the true Nicaraguan puro.

I’m not normally a fan of big ring gauge cigars, but there is something special about the Gran Consul that sets it apart from the smaller sizes in the Antano line.

This beefy cigar is very oily looking and has a nice dull point to the torpedo end. The cigar clips easy and the pre-light draw is very open; but not due to being under-filled as this cigar is very densely rolled.

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My Uzi Weighs A Ton

My Uzi Weighs A Ton

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Fat Robusto
Size : 5 x 60
Wrapper : San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Brazil, Nicaragua
Binder : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9-12
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“Well I'm all in - put it up on the board
Another rapper shot down from the mouth that roared
1-2-3 down for the count
The result of my lyrics - oh yes, no doubt”

Yea! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! You guessed it, that’s a taste of some old school Public Enemy No. 1 for ya! It happens to be a quite nice little ditty called “My Uzi Weighs A Ton”. As I’m reminiscing, I can’t quite decide if I want to pop a cap, or cut the cap on the new collaboration between Drew Estate and Joya de Nicaragua. Fortunately, I’m not the violent type, so I think I would rather tell my fellow readers about this intimidating stick.

MUWAT. That’s what JD, Jonathan Drew (yea, we’re tight like that… not really), calls his My Uzi Weighs A Ton creation for short. As I am quite sure everyone has figured out, JD is much more “with it” than other cigar makers, therefore, good for you JD for giving this beast such a moniker. MUWAT was JD’s personal blend, so I certainly had high expectations for this thing, and I have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on it.

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Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Poderoso (Torpedo)
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7-8 each
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The Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo blend was introduced in 2009, and it is definitely a powerhouse. This puro features tobacco from the famed Esteli region of Nicaragua. It is a strong cigar, as the foot band indicates (Fuerte Doble = Double Strength). This 6 X 54 Torpedo is known as the “Poderoso” which, in Spanish, translates to “Powerful”.

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Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Corona

Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Corona

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/2 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan Seco
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano Seco and Ligero
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4-5 each
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A couple of months ago I was gifted a box of Joya de Nicaragua Antano (the review it links to is not mine and I can't pick up all those flavors, but it describes it nicely). Needless to say, I immediately smoked one and regretted my decision 30 minutes later as it packed quite a punch and I had it on an empty stomach. My second experience was much better, but I still found the cigar too powerful despite the excellent flavors that I was enjoying. I continued smoking these cigars from time to time, mainly after dinner, and, visiting my local B&M, saw a box of Celebracion in the corner. The tobacconist told me that these were basically the 'lighter' versions of Antanos, so I grabbed 5 sticks to try.

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Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta

Origin : Nicaragua
Joya de NicaraguaFormat : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian shade / Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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A few weeks ago Denis, here at Cigar Inspector, offered up a press release on Drew Estates’ newly released Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on a couple shortly thereafter and chose it for this week’s review. Much like the visually unique barber pole style cigars many of us are familiar with, the Cabinetta Serie consists of a wrapper comprised of two leaf types. The first five inches from foot to band sports a soft caramel colored Ecuadorian shade grown wrapper. Roughly one inch of the head is overlaid by a significantly darker Nicaraguan Crillo wrapper. While not as glaringly obvious as the barber poles, the differentiation between the two raises intrigue and demands a closer inspection. The band helps to downplay the separate wrappers by encircling the barrel where the two colors join. The burnt sienna and soft gold hues do wonders to tie in the colors of the cigar. I would have liked to see the cream border removed, however, to allow the band to blend into the cigar, thereby enhancing its already earthy appearance.

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Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Robusto

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 140 x 21 mm (5 1/2 x 52)
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano
Binder : Nicaraguan Habano
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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On a recent visit to one of my favorite local tobacconists I found a half box of these in prime condition. Without hesitation I purchased them. It has recently been brought to my attention that the Antano (Sp. Yesteryear) 1970 blend is to be discontinued and rebranded by Drew Estates under the Casa Magna band (see Norman's comment below). As such, I have been stockpiling this blend in its current incarnation as I am unaware to what, if any, changes are in store for this blend.

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