Wrapper : San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Brazilian, Nicaraguan
Binder : Brazilian, Nicaraguan
Now the Liga Undercrown from Drew Estate is possibly in my own opinion one of the best non Cuban robustos I’ve ever smoked. We hear the stories for a lot of the new cigars that come out, but I really like the one that goes along with this cigar because, most likely it’s true.
In the above picture, the white placards reverse side reads:
“In early 2009 we asked our torcedores to smoke less Liga Privada cigars because the were leaving too few to be exported. This request was met with the disappointment you would expect, but rather ten being disgruntled they responded by blending their own signature liga.
Incorporating many of the same rare tobaccos, but of different vintages and primings the cigar they created was no mere replacement. Rather it is an exceptional smoking experience of uncompromising quality and flavour that deserves to be smoked by all.
It is always the master makers who are herald but the reality is that the great cigars are the product of many talented people, most of whom toil in factories with no publicity ever. They are the uncelebratedheroes who make all of our lives pleasurable with the cigars they craft. And therefore, it is with great pleasure that we are now sharing their factory floor creation with you as Undercrown, borne of our worker’s ingenuity, resourcefulness and passion for a great cigar.”
I cannot describe how beautiful the cigars are made. You wouldn’t think that this is a downgrade to the Liga Privada line, which is what it’s considered. At a price point around $150 USD per box of 25, or around 7$ a stick when sold in singles these are a well priced cigar considering the level of quality.
The wrapper is a perfect maduro with no imperfections to be seen by the unassisted eye. The cap is very well done, and the foot you can see the perfectly blended tobaccos as well as smell the cedar and cocoa when brought to the nose.
Once cutting the cap you can taste cocoa and some earthy favours of soil, oak and cedar. After the first few puffs the smoke is a nice dense white with notes of cocoa hitting the palate. The Undercrown while considered a medium to full bodied cigar definitely is closer to the full bodied in my opinion. The favours stay consistent for the first third. The ash holds well while we enter the second third of the cigar.
Once into the second third we begin to discover some of the hidden treasure that the Undercrown has and what has made it one of the top selling cigars as of late. I really love the rustic yet sweet favours that you explore in the middle of this cigar. Aged oak and cedar along with a smooth vanilla bean flavour make a decadent sweet spot that you wish never ended. Ash holds inches at a time with a razor sharp burn, something I find to be found in the entire Liga line from Drew Estate.
As you reach the band you start to taste a slight coffee taste, like a sweetened Americano(not from Starbucks, that is not real coffee, but that’s another debate for another time). The cedar is still a welcomed flavour as well as the coffee. At times the tobacco really begins to show and I love when that occurs as its a great reminder that you are not smoking all the things your brain is tasting and experiencing. Just tobacco. I personally love this cigar. I’ve smoked about 20 this month and have two boxes aging at the time. Definitely a must have for the cigar lover. If you’re not sure because you don’t enjoy the strength of the Liga No.9, I suggest you give this a try. You will not regret it.