Shape: Corona Extra
Size: 4 x 46
Strength: Medium – Full
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper Type: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder / Filler: USA / USA, Proprietary
Blender: Drew Estate
This is the third fire cured tobacco cigar I’ve had, the others being the Leccia Black and the Spectre by AJ Fernandez. Pre-light, the KFC is the one that smells the most similar to what I’m used to with fire cured pipe tobaccos – a real smokey, firey, meaty scent.
Initial puffs are intense. Smoke, charred meat. Seared wood. Almost too much to handle, and I can feel it all in the back of my throat.
Flavors are incredibly strong in the first third. Ultra smokey, spiced meat, like I’m smoking a stick of beef jerky.
The flavors don’t let up at all as the first third comes to a close. I probably couldn’t stomach anything larger than this 4×46 petite corona. Too heavy. The various other review sites aren’t exaggerating with the mesquite BBQ flavors, but these flavors would be a bit much even if was meat being discussed, and not tobacco. Much smokier than any pipe tobacco I’ve ever had.
A nice sweetness emerges at the halfway point, taking some of the edge off the fire cured flavors.
Combo of sweet and spice as the cigar burns through the final third.
Easy draw, straight burn, loads of smoke output, but not so much while it’s resting as is the case with virtually every other cigar from Drew Estate.
Rating: 4, mostly when compared to the other fire cured cigars on the market. It’s certainly one of the more interesting cigars I’ve smoked recently. The KFC is intense and I don’t think I could handle anything larger than the ‘Chunky’, as at times it’s what I imagined eating a spoonful of something like Dunhill Nightcap pipe tobacco would taste like. Total change of pace cigar that I couldn’t smoke every day but that I’d definitely reach for again.