Cigar Review: Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Gran Toro

Initial Thoughts:

In our search for the best cigars to pair with coffee, I stumbled upon the Drew Estate Liga Undercrown Shade, a cigar I've seen a lot of people talking about but one I have yet to try.

After pulling the Undercrown Shade out of the cellophane and giving it a big sniff, I could smell wheat and grass. Not green grass, but grass that's been aging under the sun for a few days.

With a punch, the draw was perfect, and I could taste Grape Nuts cereal. After torching the end, unlike the Sobremesa Brulee, the Undercrown Shade was not sweet, though it does have lots of flavor and not a hint of pepper.


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Brand: Drew Estate
Line: Liga Undercrown Shade
Size: 6 x 52
Cut: Punch
Light: Torch
Price: $8.92
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Indonesian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic Criollo '98, Nicaraguan Corojo & Criollo
Smoke Time: 86 minutes

Through the middle of the cigar, the flavors remained good. I could taste hints of very light honey which was very pleasant. The draw was still excellent, and the burn was even.

Final Thoughts:

This Drew Estate Liga Undercrown Shade Gran Toro was a great cigar. The construction was fantastic. The draw was amazing. And I really enjoyed the medium/bold flavors that reminded me of Grape Nuts cereal and sometimes even Cheerios. There was also the occasional hint of sweetness.

I would definitely smoke the Liga Undercrown Shade again, and this cigar earns a CigarScore 5.

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