“With Willy Herrera placing an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade leaf around Undercrown innards, the man has instantly created a game changer,” says Tommy Zman referring to the latest Cigar Advisor panel review video on Drew Estate’s new Liga Undercrown Shade cigars. Cigar Advisor, the premium cigar news & information website of Famous Smoke Shop — a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices — uploaded the four-man critique to their YouTube channel today.
“I think this cigar might actually attract new smokers to the Drew Estate brand who might have been intimidated by the strength of the [original] Liga line and the herbal infusion of the ACID cigars line,” added Zman.
Blended with Dominican Criollo ’98, Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo longfillers, Sumatra binder, and an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Undercrown Shade is also the first release blended by Drew Estate Master Blender, Willy Herrera, that does not fall under the Herrera Estelí brand family.
Shot at Leaf Cigar Bar & Restaurant in Easton, PA, other members of the panel include Cigar Advisor editors & writers, John Pullo, Gary Korb, and Jonathan Detore. The cigar chosen for the review was the 6″ x 52 Undercrown Shade Gran Toro. Some of the comments the panelists offered about the new blend were strikingly similar regarding its strength:
“It’s great for mild-bodied smokers looking to break into a medium-full bodied cigar with a silky smooth Connecticut wrapper. They get what they’re used to up front, while being taken into the next higher level gradually and gently,” said Mr. Detore.
“It’s a radical departure from the original Undercrown we’re all used to smoking,” said Mr. Pullo. “Pacing yourself can help in experiencing some of the different flavors this cigar has to offer. It’s deceiving — you expect mild flavor because of the wrapper, but this Shade boasts some serious body.”
“If the Gran Toro is an example, experienced cigar smokers will undoubtedly take to the Liga Undercrown Shade selection,” said Mr. Korb. “New and less-experienced cigar smokers may have to adjust their heads a little. If you’re used to the sweetness often found in a lot of Connecticut wrapper cigars, you’ll find very little of it in here…this smoke has a lot ofmachismo.”
To get the most flavor out of it, the panel also recommended that smokers let the Undercrown Shade rest a minute or more between puffs.
“I believe Willy was looking to keep some of the body and richness of the original Undercrown in the mix, but allowing it to be consumed in more of a bite-size manner,” added Mr. Pullo, “meaning [it’s] for those who maybe don’t have the interest in, or the appetite for a full-bodied cigar. And that’s why I think Undercrown Shade is such a departure for Drew Estate.”
To watch the Cigar Advisor review of the Undercrown Shade Gran Toro, click here.
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