Drew Estate MUWaT Baitfish review
Drew Estate MUWaT Baitfish
An NHC exclusive
Acquired: Trade with loulax07
Time in humi; Just over 2 weeks
Total age: Unknown
Smooth, slightly toothy wrapper. Very veiny, but very flat veins, none raised. A few very minor soft spots, but nothing concerning. Uniform espresso color throughout.
Black pepper and dry savory spices pop on the first draws Warm, rich, dry cocoa or chocolate, not quite sure which, rich leather, and hazelnut on the retrohale, like Nutella, but dry and not sweet. A fantastic start. Thick, chewy smoke for such a little guy, even with the light breeze. About 3/4" into the cigar, a pleasant wood flavor joins the others and soon becomes one of the leaders. Rich earth too. There's a very subtly sweetness here as well. It doesn't taste sweet at all, you have to think about it to notice it. It simply balances the other dry flavors. Over an inch in, the ash holds like a champ, and smoke output is great. Retrohale conjures up images of rich, dark, moist soil, but warm and dry in tone.
Flavors profile remains largely the same, though a slight vegetal note appears. It's almost herbal, but herbal gives the wrong impression. Very slight in any case. Unfortunately, shortly after this, the cigar takes on a bitter, metallic tone. I don't much care for it. The ash falls at an inch and a half, I purge, and the metallic bitterness disappears, but espresso, rich chewy espresso joins. At just before the halfway mark, rich chocolate, which had all but vanished, appears boldly on the scene, and is quite welcome. Wood, deep rich leather, chocolate, hints of baking spices all intermingle, and I'm still getting warm, roasted hazelnut on the retrohale. I do find that the slight metallic bitterness shows up if I don't purge every half inch or so, but it's an easy cure. Burn remains maintenance free, ash still solid, smoke still thick and chewy.
Rich earth leaps to the forefront; warm chocolate, espresso, wood with a hint of cedar, and a rich, warm leather round out the flavors. I smoke it right down to the nub.
The flavors of the Baitfish are very Drew Estate. It's not as refined or as luxurious as the Liga Privada line, and I can see why this was released outside of the label. This is not a subtle, refined cigar. This is a full-flavored little powerhouse. Every flavor is bold and full and rich. It has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, and I can see why so many powerhouse lovers dig it. It may be little too bold for my normal tastes. That being said, it's certainly a bit more refined and well balanced than its larger brothers and it's a nice change from some of the sweeter cigars I've smoked recently, and will likely find a home in my regular rotation. I'm hoping that slight metallic bitterness was a result of it's young age, and that with time, it will be gone. I'll rest the next one a few months and see how it does.