Cigar Reveal #88

Drew Estate - Undercrown Maduro

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Brand Drew Estate
Cigar Undercrown Maduro
Wrapper Mexico
Binder Connecticut
Filler Brazil and Nicaragua
Description Most of you will know the story of Drew Estate's Undercrown... "In early 2009 we asked our torcedores to smoke less Liga Privada cigars because they were leaving too few to be exported. This request was met with the disappointment you would expect, but rather than being disgruntled they responded by blending their own signature liga. Incorporating many of the same rare tobaccos, but of different vintages and primings, the cigar they created was no mere replacement. Rather it is an exceptional smoking experience of uncompromising quality and flavor that deserves to be smoked by all." There are a lot of stories out there about how cigars were birthed from unusual circumstances, and most of them can be chalked up to marketing attempts, but for some reason this one rings true. As for the cigar itself, there's a specific taste profile here that some cigar lovers will love and others will hate. Meaty, leathery, and dark coffee with an abundance of smoke. It's certainly not as complex as a Liga, but there's a lot going on and, for certain smokers, a lot to love.
Review: Cigar Aficionado (Top 25 Cigars of 2017) ...Naturally, Undercrowns were immediately compared to Liga Privada, but the brand has been on the market long enough to stand on its own. This stately Churchill shows a strong oaky, leathery character finessed by hints of vanilla and a roasted coffee bean finish.
Review: Stogie Guys It’s slightly milder than the Liga Privada, placing it solidly in the medium (maybe medium-full for some people) spectrum. It’s toasty with nutty flavors and coffee bean. As it develops, roasted tastes dominate and there’s a little spice in the final third. I think Drew Estate has another fine cigar on its hands here, though perhaps not quite as exquisite as the original Liga blend. If the Liga Privada is a fine steak, Undercrown is a perfectly cooked hamburger. And a good burger is certainly nothing to sneeze at. That’s why the Undercrown Gran Toro earns four stogies out of five.