Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang Cigar Review

Reaching deep  in the darkness of my humidor the other day, I pulled out the latest in the Drew Estate Kentucky Fired Cured line – The Swamp Thang. The little critter has been hiding in there since July of last year simmering and maturing, just waiting for a human hand to take it out into the light so it display all  its brilliance. The day was right, just the right humidity in the Stogie Press lounge, so the transition was smooth and easy. I took the little rascal out and introduced to my yard friend Dino the Dragon, who wanted to have a taste of it. Who was I to argue with a dragon and a swamp thing.  Turns out, it was match made in cigar heaven. Just look at the love going on there.

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Jonathan Drew and Drew Estate officially announced the Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang at the 2016 IPCPR. That is where I picked up a sample and have held to it ever since. In fact,today , the official  press release has come out announcing that the Swamp  Thang and Swamp Rat will be shipping to retailers. Here is a little info about the Swamp Thang.

There are three different sizes of this funky creature:

  • Swamp Thang Toro (6 x 52)
  • Swamp Thang Robusto (5 x 54)
  • Swamp Rat (6 x 46).

The blend is a unique as the name:

  • Wrapper – Candala
  • Binder and Filler – Kentucky Fire Cure Tobacco

Drew Estate stated in the press release:

This thing should not be, and it’s a deeply disturbing yet pleasing smoke. Deep in the swamps it is lurking, waiting to be discovered. By pairing this deliciously sweet candela wrapper with the smoky & tasty Kentucky Fire Cured tobaccos, an eerie mystery has been revealed for a unique and powerful experience.

Pre-Light Examination

The Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang is wrapped with a smooth, pale green, Candela wrapper that is quite pleasing to look at. It is all but veinless and though it looks like it stops at the band,  it actually continues to the head and a small Kentucky fire cured leaf is wrapped around it from  the band to the cap. The band is the standard Kentucky Fire Cured band with no indication that it is the Swamp Thang. you just know it is because of the green color.

The aroma of this cigar is closely similar to the original Kentucky Fire Cure with that deep hickory smoke scent. after the clipping the Cap, you will  notice the green candella leaf under the brown outer wrapper.

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

The cold draw was lightly restricted and offers that distinctive fire cured flavor along with some pepper and sweet butter.

It was now time to set this Thang on fire.

For this review,  I sampled the Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang Robusto


Cigar Review Notes

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

  • Magical sweetness entered from the candela wrapper .
  • Much less smoked hickory on the palate than the original KFC
  • Ash falls early
  • Just past the half-inch and the smoke is actually quite smooth and easy on the retrohale
  • The sweetness and hickory blend like a BBQ sauce lingering on the palate
  • Medium grey ash with a slight flake
  • Pristine burn so far
  • Thick char line
  • Salty butter enters after the end of first third
  • And I am picking up a mix of fruit, it is subtle, but there
  • Aroma is roasted hickory but again more faint than the original KFC
  • I have to say I like the impact of the candela on this it was a brilliant concept!
  • Dry Leather enters especially on the lips
  • Spicy roasted nut enters just before the band
  • Gets interesting at the end with the additional wrapper
  • Touch more hickory and savory notes coming in
  • Spice builds through the end – a rather radical change
  • Medium Strength
  • Total Smoking Time was just over an hour or so.

Overall, the Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang was quite the unique smoking experience. The burn was awesome and the smoke was delivering a flavors that enticed the palate. I have to say i like the Swamp Thang better than the original KFC, but that is just my palate. If you were to pair this,  I suggest a some Mash Bourbon, and if you can it try some  of the new John Drew Brands Brixton Mash Destroyer. 

Even my buddy Dino the Dragon agrees with my assessment.

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang

Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang



Here is the Official Press Release announcing the shipment to retailers today

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Drew Estate Ships Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang & Swamp Rat

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today that the Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang & Swamp Rat will start shipping in April 2017. Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang and Swamp Rat were formally introduced at IPCPR 2016 and soft released at the 2016 Kentucky Barn Smoker.

This thing should not be, and it’s a deeply disturbing yet pleasing smoke. Deep in the swamps it is lurking, waiting to be discovered. By pairing this deliciously sweet candela wrapper with the smoky & tasty Kentucky Fire Cured tobaccos, an eerie mystery has been revealed for a unique and powerful experience.

From his Wynwood safehouse, Jonathan Drew stated “We continue to demonstrate our leadership in the Fire Cured Tobacco segment, making history as the first company to blend Candela and Kentucky Fire Cured Tobaccos in the premium segment. It is sure not to be like any other Candela cigar you have ever smoked.”

Pairing the smokiness of Fire Cured Tobacco with the sweetness of Candela wrapper, Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp creates a uniquely balanced, complex and savory cigar; perfect for fans of both Fire Cured and Candela tobaccos.

The release includes three sizes: Swamp Thang Toro (6 x 52), Swamp Thang Robusto (5 x 54), and Swamp Rat (6 x 46). The new sizes will be available in soft pack 10 count bundles similar to the current Kentucky Fire Cured lines, as a refill to the new display trays, which will only be available to retailers. Swamp Thang and Swamp Rat are Drew Estate’s first foray into Candela wrapped cigars.

Swamp Thang

About Drew Estate, Inc.

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Isla del Sol, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

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