It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a brand new cigar recently on display at IPCPR 2015. The Drew Estate Undercrown Shade is a perfectly rolled cigar featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper concealing a Sumatran binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. For this review, I will be smoking the Gran Toro which comes in at 6×52.
The wrapper gives off a barnyard and wood aroma, while the foot produces a tobacco and earthy smell. On the cold draw, I’m presented with a light earth and tobacco flavor. Once torched up, there is spicy wood with a big creamy element on the draw. The finish gives me a wheat and cinnamon, while earthy wood and grass are dominant on the retro-hale.
After thirty-five minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up a lot of creamy cedar and vanilla with some black pepper in the background. The retro-hale offers a contrasting white pepper with a delicious wheat and caramel mix. On the finish, I find fruity earth with some spicy cinnamon and an almond note. Strength and body both settle in at the medium mark.
Fifty-five minutes in, I finish the second third. The draw presents me with more of that creamy cedar with the introduction of a vegetal earth and nutty spice. Through the nose, I find mild leather with more wheat and caramel. The finish gives me some hay mixed with a very woody grass and a bomb of sweet oatmeal. Strength and body have not changed.
The final third comes to a close at one hour and twenty minutes. On the draw, the creaminess fades away and transforms to a spicy wood and grass alongside sweet wheat and toast. The retro-hale treats me to a fantastic blend of honey, coffee, and hazelnut. The finish is lasting with subtle black pepper spice and more of that delicious oatmeal flavor on top of a caramel note. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.
The Undercrown Shade is a delicious, complex stick with tons of balanced flavor and absolutely perfect construction. This thing produced huge plumes of smoke with a razor sharp burn and nice, tight ash. Don’t let the Connecticut shade wrapper fool you – this cigar is a flavor bomb! I can hands-down say the Undercrown Shade is one of the best Connecticut-wrapped cigars I’ve ever smoked and easily falls in the box-worthy category. Mark down another win in the Drew Estate book.