November 25, 2011

Liga Privada Undercrown Gran Toro by Drew Estate

Liga Privada Undercrown Gran Toro (6x52)

Undercrown was created at the rolling tables by Drew Estate’s best rollers - not in a board room or meeting. The story goes as such: the rollers loved the original Liga Privada No. 9 blend so much that it was all they ever smoked. While most would consider that a ringing endorsement, Drew Estate was worried about the availability of the tobaccos. The primings used for the No. 9 aren’t easy to come by so the rollers had to quit smoking them – sort of. The rollers improvised and used different primings of the same tobacco to make a new blend they too could enjoy. This new blend went over just as well as the No. 9 and Liga Privada Undercrown was born.

Wrapper: Otapan Negro Ultimo Corte (Mexican San Andres Maduro)
Binder: T-52 Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut and Cure Habano
Filler: Select Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Cuban Seed
Available in these sizes:
  • Robusto (5x54)
  • Gran Toro (6x52) Being reviewed today
  • Belicoso (6x52)
  • Corona Doble (7x54)
  • Gordito (6 x60)

Video review HERE.

The cigar is very dark. You can tell it's a maduro. It's also very dense feeling. After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. The initial flavors were a sweet coffee, citrus, almond and lots of pepper.

About 3/4 inch in the flavors settled down into coffee, grapefruit citrus, raw almond and vanilla with a ton of pepper. The finish was one of vanilla and lingering pepper. There is a lot of sweetness and richness developing.

At 1 1/2 inches there was a sweet dark, red grape flavor. There were also a lot of almond notes on the spice with a subtle amount of citrus. The pepper is still good but has tapered off somewhat. The finish is a mix of vanilla and almond with lingering pepper.

At the midpoint the notes are coffee and vanilla. There is more raw almond on the finish.

With about 1 1/2  inches left the primary flavor is coffee. The other flavors move from vanilla to almond and there is a nice richness. The citrus notes have disappeared. The cigar is medium bodied with an even burn.

At the end of the cigar I can say it has changed several times. It ended up with a mix of coffee and rich vanilla. The pepper remained very good but it decreased from the initial inch or so. The finish bounced from one of vanilla to vanilla and almond with lingering pepper. I enjoyed this cigar very much.

Score: 92

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