In great anticipation for our upcoming Drew Estates Event, Thursday, December 10th, I would like to feature their Undercrown Shade, as the “Bear Cub Pick of the Week”. My first experience with this particular cigar was about a month back and it is my non-infused pick in our humidor, currently. To those of you that know this “Infused Cigar Queen”, as my Bear has dubbed me, yes, I am enjoying the expansion of a growing palate, as I peruse and partake. <BIG GRIN>
I found this cigar to be smooth in it’s draw. My personal choice, a v-cut. The body was medium that leaned more to the lighter side of the scale, in my opinion. Loved the flavor profile with it’s toasted nuts, cream, and subtle hint of spice background. The wrapper is an Ecuadoran Connecticut atop a Sumatran binder and Dominican Criollo 98 and Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo long-fillers. It burned evenly and holds a nice ash. I did not have to work to keep it lit and enjoyed it in all of its thirds. I did note that it’s profile became more distinctive in that second third, which made it delightful to the finish. Upon recommendation to even those that typically enjoy a more full bodied smoke, it was found to be quite the enjoyable surprise, especially as a first to early afternoon smoke of the day.
When I researched this cigars history, I discovered that it was created by the factory rollers, under the direction of Drew Estate’s master blender, Willy Herrera. When the Liga Privada 9, was met with overwhelming popularity, the rollers were stopped from smoking up the supply. They were then challenged by Willy to come up with a Connecticut based blend that would satisfy his particular palate, and thus the Undercrown Shade was born.
There will be several choices in size available at our Drew Estate’s Event of this amazing find. You will not want to miss out on this cigar, Y’all!