As the story goes, the torcedores in the Drew Estate cigar factory were smoking too many Liga Privadas, so they blended the Undercrown for themselves after they were told to stop depleting the Liga Privada inventory. Rather than use Connecticut wrapper used on Liga Privada blend, which is always in very limited supply at the factory, the rollers turned to the equally dark Mexican San Andrés Negro.
“We have the farmer harvest the tobacco later than is common to increase the starch in the leaf so that when it is air cured, it results in higher levels of natural sugars,” said company president Steve Saka. He said this practice means the harvest is delayed by four or more weeks.
The torcedores also “inverted” Undercrown’s binder and filler tobaccos, too, using the same leaf in a Liga Privada blend but from different vintages and primings on the plant. For instance, the stalk-cut Connecticut used as a wrapper on the Liga Privada T52 is the binder in the Undercrown blend.
The latest and very eagerly awaited undercrown’s wrapper is a light reddish Otapan Negro Ultimo Corte that seemed to almost smolder when lit just like it’s big brother the Liga, it gave off tons of thick dense smoke! For the pics I took I had to keep blowing on the cigar as the smoke kept covering the lens on my phone.
Reminding myself that this is not a Liga we all know that the undercrown is a direct result of the Liga Privada and I am happy to report that the undercrown although very Liga-ish is a great cigar with a personality all it’s own.
After initial lighting the burn was even all the way through with virtually no touch ups. The cigar itself is medium to full bodied but had points where it mellowed into a complex kind of olive flavor. The cigar itself evolved almost continously with nuances of coffee, Chocolate, Sweet cedar and toffee but no one flavor ever dominated.
After removing the band it took on subtle spice notes that was the perfect finish to a great cigar. As always I am a huge advocate of aging my cigars and can only imagine what this is going to smoke like in 6-8 months. Big applause for the team at Drew Estate and big up’s to the torcedores without whom this great blended cigar would never be.
Wrapper: Otapan Negro Ultimo Corte
Binder: T52 Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Habano
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Cuban Seed
Corona Double: 7 x 54
Belicoso: 6 x 52
Gran Toro: 6 x 52
Gordito: 6 x 60
Robusto: 5 x 54