The Undercrown Sungrown is a very worthy addition to the UC family with a very good flavor profile and sufficient complexity that it never gets dull. While I still prefer the Maduro version overall, I definitely enjoyed this iteration more than the Shade blend. The Sungrown has a very nice medium/medium-plus body with a good amount of pepper that never gets to be too much and enough sweetness to balance well with the notes of earth and wood.
After securing a special varietal of Ecuadoran Sumatra-Seed Sun-Grown tobacco that Drew Estate has allegedly been on the hunt for for fifteen years, the brand makes good use of the new tobacco by introducing a highly-requested natural-shade alternative to the Undercrown series. This new wrapper is used in conjunction with Nicaraguan fillers and the Liga Privada T52 wrapper leaf—incorporated as the Sun Grown's binder, as with the original Undercrown cigars. The result is a unique flavor profile that clearly stands on its own, being perhaps the most distinct cigar in Drew Estate's lineup. Tangy flavors abound, accompanied by zesty peppercorns, cheek-puckering minerals, cinnamon spice, and the cigar's "it factor" flavor of butter/toffee/salt that hits the palate hard and keeps you coming back. At its peek, the flavors teeter from medium-plus to nearly full, although the overall experience leans more towards medium body. An occasional lacking of sweetness is one of my only real complaints—this makes more sense at the cigar's start, building to something great at the tail end of the first third, but the dry-textured finale was a bit more disappointing. The cigar has its moments of deep flavors, though complexity is not what will keep you coming back. Instead, it's a solid cigar with slightly atypical flavors that can be smoked on nearly any occasion.