Shortly before this year’s IPCPR trade show (only a few days), Drew Estate announced a new core-line cigar that it would unveil at the show in New Orleans. In a somewhat surprising move, the brand veered from their traditionally dark maduro wrappers of the popular Liga/Undercrown line, offering a new take on the Undercrown cigar. Wrapped in a delicate Ecuadorian Connecticut shade leaf, the cigar has been appropriately title Undercrown Shade.
As with the original Undercrown cigar, which saw its introduction in 2011, the new Shade offering has been blended by the Drew Estate factory workers – the very same rolling team responsible for the original Undercrown blend, as a matter of fact! This time around, the team has been aided by Drew Estate’s new Master Blender, Willy Herrera. Willy tasked the team with creating a Connecticut blend to please his discerning palate – easier said than done.
The cigars have been packaged in boxes of 25 cigars, having a similar look/feel to the original Undercrown, only going dark (in design) where the original was light, and vice versa. There are 6 vitolas to be launched, mirroring the San Andrés maduro Undercrown line. Cigars are expected to hit shelves this fall and will be priced between $7.50 – $10.
Undercrown Shade Breakdown
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
- Binder: Sumatra
- Filler: Dominican Criollo 98 and Nicaraguan Criollo & Corojo fillers
- Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate (Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular release
- Vitola: 6″ x 52 Gran Toro
- Price: $8.25
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- Amazing construction
- Smooth, pleasant retrohale
- Great balance of strength & sweetness
- Tapers off after 1st half