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.

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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.

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, and we’re excited to share the new blend with everyone at the IPCPR show. Willy Herrera

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 Toro cigar



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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Undercrown Shade
The Undercrown Shade is a cigar that was desperately needed in the DE lineup. With several manufacturers now entering the "amped up" Connecticut wrapper game, DE's offering comes out at just the right moment in the game, instantly becoming the top contenders in its weight class.
Appearance97%
Burn/Construction94%
Draw95%
Flavor92%
Complexity85%
Price/Value88%
Pros
  • Amazing construction
  • Smooth, pleasant retrohale
  • Great balance of strength & sweetness
Cons
  • Tapers off after 1st half
92%Solid
  • Jordan

    Awesome review fellas! Smoked one on the way down to the festival Saturday. What a great stick, you guys nailed it. Cheers\m/