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Undercrown Shade from Drew Estate

Undercrown Shade marks the first release blended by Drew Estate Master Blender Willy Herrera not to fall under the Herrera Estelí brand family. Herrera’s continued involvement in blending and brand development within Drew Estate is evident with this new blend, as Herrera worked extensively with the Undercrown roller team who blended the original Undercrown line to develop this new Connecticut blend.When asked about the new cigar, Willy Herrera stated that, “Since day one, Drew Estate has demonstrated that no premium cigar company better understands its team, and that the heart of the company is the production floor and factory. This is why I chose to work closely with the rollers responsible for the original Undercrown blend, and challenged them to create a Connecticut blend that would satisfy my palate. It was a long road, taking more than a year to develop. In the end, it was a very rewarding process, as finding a Connecticut blend to fit my palate wasn’t easy. We finally found a marriage of Drew Estate’s unique tobaccos that we believe is really special.

Featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Sumatran binder, as well as Dominican Criollo 98 and Nicaraguan Criollo & Corojo fillers, the new “Undercrown Shade” line will be presented in six vitolas, mirroring the San Andres-wrapped Undercrown core line that you’ve come to love. These sizes include a Belicoso 6 x 52, Corona Doble 7 x 54, Corona 5 5/8 x 46, Gordito (6 x 60, Gran Toro (6 x 52, and Robusto 5 x 54. The new Undercrown Shade will be available in 25-count boxes and most sizes will begin shipping to stores in Fall 2015.



The Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper is the color of lightly tanned leather with minimal seam and slight vein. Two white bands adorn the vitola, the primary label has the Rampant Lion/Griffin that’s signature to the Undercrown line from Drew Estate and sits atop a crown of gold, other gold features encircle the band with the words “Undercrown” on both sides with an intricate design meeting the symbol of the Brooklyn Bridge another identifying feature of Drew Estate. The secondary band rounds the foot of the cigar, also in white, it reads *SHADE* in gold font with circular embossed gold trim. The two white bands give the cigar an aesthetically clean look against the silky brown wrapper. The foot is wide open with a closed cap. Pre-light aroma had notes of bakers spice, hay and cedar. The cold draw had flavors of earth and a floral hint of dry fruit.


Upon first light flavors of slight spice, leather and earth are present. The wide open draw produced copious amounts of thick creamy white smoke, background flavors of wheat toast and charred cinnamon added a sweet nuance to the earthy and leather finish.


After cruise control burn was achieved flavors of graham cracker, wheat toast, dry Cheerios and creamy sweet butter appeared. Background flavors of earth, muted leather and light coffee blended in perfectly to the sweet and creamy finish.


In the final third all aforementioned flavors heated up with charred cinnamon, warm graham cracker with a slightly stronger coffee nuance. Dried Cheerios with a hint of mocha and milk chocolate added to the sweetness factor. Leather, earth, nutmeg and bakers spice enhanced the finish that was perfect all the way to the end.


Enjoyable and perfect are understatements when describing the Undercrown Shade. Construction was flawless with a black carbon line typical of Connecticut wrappers burned razor sharp completely to the nub. The dark grayish ash held to the inch point and loosely tapped off. The Vitola had the perfect amount of resistance that produced plumes of thick creamy white smoke. 3 cigars were enjoyed while producing this review and all performed consistently in both strength and flavor. The Undercrown Shade never peaked past the Medium BODIED range that would be ideal for the entry level smoker, however the cigar was very unique and full of flavor that would be enjoyed by the most expert aficionados. Offered in an array of sizes at this particular time I could only find the Gran Toro at 6 X 52, the rest of the line should start showing up any day as they were slated to be released in the Fall. With perception being everything, personally speaking I believe the Undercrown Shade to be the perfect morning cigar to be enjoyed on a clean palate, and now that my review is completed I can’t wait to try each size with my weekend ritual with morning coffee! Well done Jonathan Drew and Willy Herrera.

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Cigars Smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 9.5/10

Size: 6 x 52 Gran Toro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade

Binder: Sumatran

Filler: Dominican Criollo 98, Nicaraguan Corojo, Nicaraguan Criollo

Rolled At: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate; Estelí, Nicaragua

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