The Undercrown line has really been a great addition to the Drew Estate brand because it has offered smokers the opportunity to enjoy a high quality premium cigar on a more frequent basis since the Liga production is quite small. The line came about when the upper echelon of Drew Estate asked their most skilled torcedores who rolled the Liga lines to cut back on their smoking of them. As you can imagine, those torcedores got upset, and instead of them enjoying their Liga smokes, they began rolling their own line, the Undercrown line. The cigars were composed of mostly the same tobaccos, but were made with tobacco that was of lower primings, and different vintages. The cigar became so well known and popular that Drew Estate decided to produce the cigar for cigar smokers and still give the credit to their torcedores. The newest vitola, the Corona ¡Viva!, was in pre-production in December of 2011, and began hitting shelves last month.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and there is a rise in the spice/pepper flavor profile and also with the wood and leather notes. The wood notes are really showing hickory, oak and cedar qualities, and it is so smooth. There is some cocoa and coffee bean notes present as well, and I am also getting some soft hints of stone fruits present. The burn line on the cigar is still as perfect as it was in the first third and I am still holding on to the solid and firm near white ash. The strength of the cigar is still remaining at that medium full level, and this is a perfect smoke for me in the afternoon or evening. One great aspect to the cigar is the cool and smooth draw that you get with this smoke. There are times when a cigar is going to be hot with a thin ring gauge like this, but that is not the case with this beauty.
This was a terrific cigar, and the best cigar ever released by Drew Estate is you ask me. This size makes the Liga Dirty Rat look unbalanced and not flavorful, and that is saying something. I think these cigars are tremendous now, and will do wonders with some aging. It is very different than other Undercrowns, and that comes with the smaller ring gauge and the blending of this cigar. It sill shows great qualities to the Undercrown line, but there is something different about it. With that being said, I would not say it is similar to a Liga Privada though. This particular cigar is in its own playing field, and that shows with all the great flavors, beautiful construction and solid medium full strength level. I give this cigar a solid 94, and I know that I will be enjoying these quite often while they are in production. Great job Drew Estate!