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Liga Undercrown Robusto

Created by the rollers of the Drew Estate factory, the Liga Privada Undercrown uses tobaccos similar to the Liga Privada #9 but that are more readily available. While the Liga Privada #9 is full flavored treat, the Undercrown is a little lighter on the palate. Wrapped in a dark San Andreas, the Undercrown starts with notes of coffee with a slight hint of spice that becomes more prominent as the smoke progresses. Even as it progresses, the cigar still manages to round out as a medium to full bodied treat perfect with your morning coffee.

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Size: 5 x 54

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper Origin: Mexican

Wrapper Leaf Type: San Andres

Drew Estate Undercrown

Drew Estate began rolling the Undercrown that’s made with the identical binder of Liga Privada and used identical filler tobaccos with slightly different primings. Their unique Mexican Otapan Negro Último Corte wrapper harvest was delayed by over 4 weeks, resulting in a higher natural sugar content which adds a richer creamier flavor to the wrapper. After torching the foot, the wrapper smolders with a waterfall of smoke that adds a slight touch of spice to the blend. The cigar develops nicely into an array of robust flavors that included coffee, cocoa, earth and finishes with a deep nutty yet slighty floral sweetness. The draw was perfect requiring only slight touch ups, I would place the cigar in the Medium-Full range. Originally developed for their factory rollers, the blend was so popular amongst the employees that the decision to release it nationally came as no brainer.

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Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)

Wrapper: San Andreas Otapan Negro Último Corte

Binder: T52 Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Habano

Filler: Select Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Cuban Seed

Strength: Medium-Full

Drew Estate’s Undercrown Robusto

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.

Review:
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.

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Wrapper: Otapan Negro Ultimo Corte
Binder: T52 Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Habano
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Cuban Seed

Sizes
Corona Double: 7 x 54
Belicoso: 6 x 52
Gran Toro: 6 x 52
Gordito: 6 x 60
Robusto: 5 x 54

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