February 16, 2020

Lirio Rojo 2019 by Warped Cigars (6 3/8 x 42 lonsdale)



Video review HERE.



The Lirio Rojo, or Red Lily, is released each year in December and has been since 2015. This blend is the highlight for Warped fans all over the world for its uniqueness and minimalist beauty. The cigar come in a wheel of 50 with no bands and held together by a wide red ribbon and wrapped in red paper.

Since it's original relase it has only been released in a single size; 5.5 x 44. But in 2019 Warped Cigars is changing things up in regards to the size and shape.

The blend remains the same since 2015; entirely Nicaraguan tobacco.

 The 2019 Lirio Rojo will be a 6 3/8 x 42 size with a 109 cap in the traditional Cabinet of 50.

Due to the unique shape and only having wood moulds available that require hand maintenance to keep them up to par they are only able to manufacture a small amount of this vitola.



The cigar looks nice with the bullet cap. It has an average feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. Some of the previous samples had a semi-tight draw so be sure you have your PerfecDraw tool hand...just in case. 

The initial flavors at light up were a somewhat tangy cedar, a lot of brown sugar, nice cinnamon, sweet caramel, nutmeg, and a nice black coffee base. There was a nice black pepper initially rated at 7 1/2 to 8. Very nice, sweet start.




At the first third (23 minutes) the flavor notes are very much like initially described. I got a little more of the nutmeg notes. The cedar is not very tangy now but still very sweet with the brown sugar and caramel added to it. The tingly cinnamon notes are very nice. The black pepper is still very good. The black coffee base is nice and helps round out the cigar with lower level notes. The finish is caramel and nutmeg with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The cigar has very nice, sweet flavors and they are in a good mix. I rated the first third at 94.




At the second third (47 minutes) not a lot changed except for the strength. It's now medium to full bodied. Another small change is the caramel now has a toasted note. There are still a lot of sweet notes in the cigar. The nutmeg is in the perfect amount. It's there and you can notice it but it does not jump out.  Similarly, the black coffee makes a nice base but it does not dominant the flavors. The black pepper remains very good. The finish is unchanged. I see no need to change the score; 94 for the second third.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 9 minutes. Just like the second third not much changed in the final third except for the strength. It's now full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This has been a very good cigar and probably the best Lirio Rojo I've had over the years. The nice sweet flavors continued to the end. I maintained the previous scores of 94 for the final third. 



Overall Score: 94

February 15, 2020

Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII Full Court Press (5 7/8 x 52)












Video review HERE.



(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Crowned Heads has a announced a new limited production line extension to its Court Reserve XVIII line. The new vitola is a 5 7/8 x 52 box-pressed vitola known as “Full Court Press.”

I reviewed the Sublime vitola (6 x 54) back on 11/17/18. It scored a raw score of 92.67.

“The idea came to me last May during the NBA playoffs, said Jon Huber, co-founder/owner of Crowned Heads in a press release. “Initially, I tossed the name out there somewhat as a corny double entendre, but the more I thought about it the more I liked the idea of releasing a box-pressed expression of CHC Reserve. Once I smoked the sample it was a no-brainer to go to production.”

A total of 1,700 twelve-count boxes will be produced. Production will be handled out of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr’s Tabacalera La Alianza factory, which produces the other sizes in the line. Pricing is set at $11.95 per cigar.


Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza


Vitolas Offered
Full Court Press: 5 7/8 x 52 (Box Pressed Toro) REVIEWED TODAY
Corona Gorda: 5 5/8 x 46
Robusto: 5 x 50
Sublime: 6 x 54 (REVIEWED 11/17/18)



The cigar is a dark brown with a somewhat slightly pointed, yet dull cap. The cigar has an average feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, a little brown sugar and some cinnamon, quite a bit of a doughy nutmeg, sweet chocolate, and a dark roasted black coffee. There was a nice amount of black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. 




At the first third (29 minutes) some of the doughy nutmeg has toned down. The black coffee notes are more in the forefront. There is still some cedar but it's decreased, some brown sugar, and some cinnamon. The nutmeg is now more of a normal nutmeg. The chocolate notes have decreased while the coffee notes have increased. Lots of percentage changes of flavors. The finish is sweet cream, nutmeg, and a drop or two of chocolate. There is a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The cigar is good but different from the start. I rated the first third at 92.




As I moved through the second third (54 minutes) the cigar turned darker. The chocolate is now an unsweetened dark chocolate. There remains a lot of black coffee. There are very little cedar notes and even less brown sugar and cinnamon notes. The nutmeg notes are still in abundance. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is much more nutmeg and some dark chocolate. The lingering black pepper remains good. The cigar turned darker and the sweeter notes decreased. Therefore I lowered the second third score to 90.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 11 minutes. In the final third the cigar went even darker. There are an abundance of unsweetened dark chocolate notes and dark roasted black coffee. There are very little cedar notes and I believe the brown sugar and cinnamon notes have disappeared. Even the nutmeg decreased. At this point the cigar is straight up dark. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. With the cigar turning darker I lowered the final third score to 89. The first third was pretty good but it went very dark by the end.


Overall Score: 90.33

February 10, 2020

Drew Estate Announces 2020 Barn Smoker Dates and Ticket Sales


Monday, February 10, 2020 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces the launch of its 2020 Barn Smoker Program, with ticket sales for the Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Kentucky and Louisiana events now available on www.barnsmoker.com. Drew Estate Barn Smoker illuminates the American Tobacco Experience, bringing the cigar enthusiast to the field and farm level, and educating consumers on the full gamut of growing, processing, and manufacturing premium cigars.



Barn Smoker 2020 continues to expand the festival atmosphere that celebrates attendees love of the leaf and the Drew Estate Culture. Envisioned and inspired by Jonathan Drew to bring aficionados, brands, and local businesses to American Tobacco Farms, Barn Smoker events also serve to raise awareness for Cigars for Warriors, a 501(c)(3) charity, whose sole focus is to support the American military.

This year, the Barn Smoker program will feature a multi-level ticket opportunity to satisfy the wants of every valued attendee:

VIP Experience Ticket with Dinner Sponsored by Xikar and Cigar Caddy – Each VIP Experience Attendee will be a guest at an intimate dinner the evening before or after the Barn Smoker hosted by Jonathan Drew, Willy Herrera, Pedro Gomez and the entire Drew Estate team. As part of the VIP Experience ticket, each guest will receive 3 rare Drew Estate cigars and much more. In addition, VIP attendees will also receive a premium swag package at the Barn Smoker.
VIP Swag Ticket Sponsored by Xikar and Cigar Caddy – VIP Swag Ticket holders at Barn Smoker, will receive a premium swag package upgraded over General Admission.
General Admission – Admission to the Barn Smoker with general admission swag.
In addition to the three Barn Smoker packages, 2020 will feature an “All-Star” program, where guests can purchase tickets for all 5 events at a reduced cost and receive a unique Barn Smoker Challenge Coin Set including a Master Coin only available to Barn Smoker “All-Stars.” This historic Master Coin will also have future discounts and benefits at Barn Smoker 2021.

The 2020 Barn Smoker program creates an immersive deep dive into a variety of unique sensory activations, focusing on brands including Pappy Van Winkle, Joya de Nicaragua, and more.

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew Founder and President of Drew Estate notes, “In 2019, we took Barn Smoker to another level. Now we have Pappy Van Winkle, Joya de Nicaragua, and all sorts of Sh*t to pump, pump, pump it up!!. And for all you rock stars, superstars and Barn Smoker “All-Stars” you are gonna wanna snag your tickets today. I promise it’s worth it! Let’s go!” 

The dates and locations of Drew Estate’s 2020 Barn Smokers are:

Florida Barn Smoker in Clermont, FL on May 16th, 2020
Pennsylvania Barn Smoker in Strasburg, PA on July 25th, 2020
Connecticut Barn Smoker in South Windsor, CT on August 8th, 2020
Kentucky Barn Smoker in Hopkinsville, KY on September 26th, 2020
Louisiana Barn Smoker in Convent, LA on October 24th, 2020
Tickets are available for purchase at www.barnsmoker.com and you can learn more about Barn Smokers via Instagram.com/debarnsmoker and facebook.com/barnsmoker

February 09, 2020

Cuevas Reserva Maduro Robusto (5 x 52)







Video review HERE.



(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
At the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show, Casa Cuevas Cigars released Cuevas Reserva. It’s a brand that originally had a limited release in the early 2000s.

Cuevas Reserva was released by Luis Cuevas Sr. At the time, he faced a huge dilemma- either invest in the time and resources needed to introduce his own brand or focus on the family’s factory operation in the Dominican Republic where he was making cigars for other people.  Cuevas Sr. made the decision to focus on his factory.

 Fast forward to 2016, and Luis Cuevas Jr. had convinced his father it was time to create their own brand of cigars and Casa Cuevas Cigars was born. Now the family has made the decision to bring back the Cuevas Reserva brand.

As for Cuevas Reserva, it is available in a Natural and Maduro option – both produced at the Cuevas family’s Las Lavas factory in the Dominican Republic. The Cuevas Reserva Maduro (a personal favorite of Cuevas Sr.) features a Mexican San Andres wrapper, a Dominican Piloto Cubano binder, and combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan (ometepe) fillers.



Cuevas Reserva Maduro
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Habano
Filler:  Dominican, Nicaraguan, and U.S.
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Las Lavas S.A.


Robusto: 5 x 52 (SRP $10.50) REVIEWED TODAY
Toro: 6 x 50 (SRP $10.90)
Torpedo: 6 1/4 X 52  (SRP $11.40)




The cigar is very dark and has an average feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, low level brown sugar and cinnamon, moderate amounts of a leathery nutmeg, dark chocolate with some sweetness, and espresso. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. At the early stage the nutmeg is a little creamy with some leathery notes but it may actually be a almond butter flavor. I will let the cigar develop more to pin down the exact flavor.




At the first third (26 minutes) the mystery flavor is definitely a nutmeg with light leather notes. I still had cedar, very light brown sugar and cinnamon, light leathery nutmeg, lightly sweetened dark chocolate, and espresso. The dark chocolate and espresso are the predominant flavors. The finish is dark chocolate, nutmeg, and black coffee with a moderate amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. This cigar is starting off a tad better than the natural. I rated the first third at 93.




At the second third (47 minutes) the cigar is burning very evenly. The flavors are mixing better in the second third. The black pepper seems to have increased somewhat. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is now full bodied. I rated the second third at 93.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 11 minutes. In the final third there was a little jostling of flavor percentages. The cedar is now a dry cedar and it's more noticeable. Along with the brown sugar and cinnamon. The nutmeg is smooth and creamy. The leather notes on the nutmeg have gone. The dark chocolate has decreased but the espresso has increased. The cigar is still full bodied and the finish is unchanged. Even though the percentages of flavors changed the overall appeal of the cigar remained the same. I rated the final third at 93. This is a pretty good maduro cigar.


Overall Score: 93

February 08, 2020

Cuevas Reserva Natural Robusto (5 x 52)






Video review HERE.



(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
At the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show, Casa Cuevas Cigars released Cuevas Reserva. It’s a brand that originally had a limited release in the early 2000s.

Cuevas Reserva was released by Luis Cuevas Sr. At the time, he faced a huge dilemma- either invest in the time and resources needed to introduce his own brand or focus on the family’s factory operation in the Dominican Republic where he was making cigars for other people.  Cuevas Sr. made the decision to focus on his factory.

Fast forward to 2016, and Luis Cuevas Jr. had convinced his father it was time to create their own brand of cigars and Casa Cuevas Cigars was born. Now the family has made the decision to bring back the Cuevas Reserva brand.

As for Cuevas Reserva, it is available in a Natural and Maduro option – both produced at the Cuevas family’s Las Lavas factory in the Dominican Republic. The Cuevas Reserva Natural features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over a Habano binder and a combination of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and U.S. tobaccos.

“The Cuevas Reserva for my father was supposed to be the Cuevas signature brand back well over a decade ago. As with all things in life, plans always change. I am proud to have worked closely with my father and my son Alec Cuevas, who is now part of the family business recreating this blend. I am ecstatic that this brand has come full circle, as we can now present it as a family project to the consumer.,” commented Luis Cuevas Jr, President of Casa Cuevas Cigars.



Cuevas Reserva Natural
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Habano
Filler:  Dominican, Nicaraguan, and U.S.
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Las Lavas S.A.

Robusto: 5 x 52 (SRP $9.50) REVIEWED TODAY
Toro: 6 x 50 (SRP $9.90)
Torpedo: 6 1/4 X 52  (SRP $10.40)



The cigar is a golden brown. It has an average feel in the hand for a robusto of this size.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a cedar/citrus combination, good bit of brown sugar and quite a bit of cinnamon, a thick creamy white chocolate, light nutmeg, and black coffee at the base. There was quite a bit of a nice, coarse ground black pepper rated at an 8. 




At the first third (23 minutes) the flavor notes are about the same. The white chocolate has toned down but there are still nice cream notes in the cigar. The black pepper is still very good. It is still close to an 8. The finish is primarily sweet cream but there is also a touch of citrus. There is also nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied. I rated the first third at 92.




As I moved through the second third (46 minutes) there was more cedar on the front end than citrus. There is a lot of cinnamon in this cigar. The cedar, cinnamon, and brown sugar team up to make a nice flavor mix. There are still light nutmeg and cream notes and a nice black coffee base. The cigar is still a low grade medium to full bodied. There are actually some cinnamon notes on the finish to go along with the sweet cream and light citrus notes. The lingering black pepper remains very good. In fact, the black pepper on both ends is very good. I held the score of 92 for the second third.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 4 minutes. In the final third there was an elevation of the coffee notes. You have the notes of cedar, some citrus, brown sugar, lots of cinnamon, light nutmeg, light cream, and lots of black coffee. There is still quite a bit of black pepper. The finish is unchanged with nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is now full bodied. I scored the final third 91. Overall this has been a good cigar.



Overall Score: 91.67

February 02, 2020

Boondock 2019 Corona Larga (6 1/4 x 46)






Video review HERE.



(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Oveja Negra Brands has announced the return of the Black Works Studio Boondock 2019. This marks the third annual release of the limited edition cigar. The cigar had been released as Boondock Saint during the previous two years.

The Boondock 2019 is highlighted by the use of a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper. Pennsylvania Broadleaf is also used in the filler along with Connecticut Broadleaf and Nicaraguan tobaccos. The cigar has a small batch limited production out of Fabrica Oveja Negra in EstelĂ­, Nicaragua. The cigar is available in two sizes –  a Corona Large and Robusto. Each is presented in 20-count boxes and priced at $10.50 per cigar.

“It’s our 3rd release of Boondock and it just keeps getting better. This cigar is the perfect balance of strength and flavor, its bold yet refined."



Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua, U.S. (Pennsylvania, Connecticut)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra


Vitolas Offered
Corona Larga: 6 1/4 x 46 REVIEWED TODAY
Robusto: 5 1/4 x 50




The cigar is very dark and has a pretty good feel in the hand. The foot is partially closed.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were dark; very dark. I had anise, light brown sugar, dark chocolate, earthy black coffee, and nutmeg. There was black pepper initially rated at an 8+. I love the black pepper. Not a bad start.




At the first third (31 minutes) the cigar has settled down and gotten more defined. It is still very dark but there is some sweetness that has picked up. I now had cedar and it's quickly followed by a brown sugar/nutmeg paste. It's very thick. There is still a lot of dark chocolate and earthy black coffee. There is also a lot of black pepper. I do not have the anise notes any longer. The finish is chocolate with the brown sugar/nutmeg paste and a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The texture of the paste lingers. The cigar is very dark but it has plenty of sweetness. I rated the first third at 93.




As I moved through the second third (56 minutes) I had the same primary flavors but the coffee notes rose somewhat and a little brown sugar decreased. Not a big change but noteworthy. The thick paste continued. The cigar is now full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The black pepper has toned down to a 7. The thick pasted continues to make the cigar interesting to me. I lowered the second third score to 92.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 22 minutes. In the final third I had a lot of chocolate and black coffee. The thick paste is still there but now it's more of a chocolate/nutmeg paste flavor. The cigar has a leathery taste. I don't really have the cedar any more and the brown sugar is almost entirely gone. The sweetness comes from the chocolate. The cigar is still very full bodied. The finish is a chocolate/nutmeg paste and a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is very enjoyable but it's a little different with that thick paste. I rated the final third at 91. A very good cigar that is a little different for Black Works Studio.


Overall Score: 92

January 30, 2020

Mi Querida Triqui Traca no. 648 (6 x 48)









Video review HERE.



(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
At the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and owner Steve Saka showcased the Mi Querida Triqui Traca. It’s an extension to the existing Mi Querida line.

Mi Querida Triqui Traca, pronounced ‘me kay-ree-dah tree-kee trah-ka’, is arguably our boldest cigar released to date,” shares Founder and Master Ligador Steve Saka in a press release. Adding, “At its core, it remains our quintessential Mi Querida blend with its earthy, sweet broadleaf notes, but with the incorporation of a couple refinements. The capa has been switched from the traditional Connecticut Broadleaf Mediums to the rarer No. 1 Dark corona leaves plus a unique, high octane ligero grown in the Dominican Republic has also been introduced into the liga. The resulting cigar retains its inherent sweet loam and chocolate characteristics, yet delivers a significantly heavier smoking experience.”

Saka explains, “’Triqui Traca’ is Nicaraguan slang for oversized firecrackers that are connected by fuses in a long serial string. These explosive ropes are then laid down in the center of a street and sometimes stretch multiple blocks. Ignited from one end, they explode in a cascading line of powerful concussions and blinding light down the entire length of the street. Triqui Traca are often lit in celebration of important religious and national holidays. This cultural icon is an ideal moniker for the explosive nature of this cigar.”

The Mi Querida Trique Traca will be introduced in two formats: 
No 552 (5 x 52)
No 648 (6 x 48) REVIEWED TODAY

To differentiate the cigars from the existing Mi Querida offerings, the cigars will feature a red band (as opposed to a blue band found on the existing line)and chevron. The cigars will be presented in 20 count boxes with pricing ranging from $10.75 to $11.75.

Production will be limited due to tobacco constraints.



The cigar is dark and has a very oily wrapper. It has a nice feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were very quick to develop. They were a nice, sweet orange citrus, brown sugar, tingly cinnamon, hints of sweet caramel, a leathery nutmeg, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. The cigar has a thick sweetness. Right away the cigar has a taste and body that is very full tasting. 




At the first third (35 minutes) the cigar is extremely good. There is now a thick, syrupy orange citrus, brown sugar, cinnamon, some sweet caramel, leathery nutmeg, and black coffee. Just like it started. In a percentage breakdown about 66% of the flavors are the sweeter flavors and 34% are the dark notes. The finish is one of caramel and nutmeg with a nice amount of tingly lingering black pepper. At this point the cigar is a high grade medium bodied. I do not expect it to stay that way for long. The cigar is fantastic. I rated the first third at 96.




As I moved through the second third (1 hour 10 minutes) the caramel notes came out a little more. The cigar has a very rich sweetness. You could say it has some buttery richness. The flavor notes are just as previously described. The cigar has not changed much except it's now full bodied. The cigar is getting a tremendous burn time and I would suggest you go as slowly as I am to get all these amazing flavors. I held the score of 96 for the second third.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 43 minutes. A nice, long burn time. In the final third there were some subtle changes. There were hints of cedar to go along with the sweet citrus. There were also some dark molasses notes intermixed with the caramel. The nutmeg  is in a nice amount and non-intrusive. The leather is also non-intrusive. It sort of blends with all the other notes smoothly. There was still nice brown sugar, cinnamon, and a nice black coffee base. The cigar is very full bodied. The finish has a little citrus to make it sweeter. There were still caramel and nutmeg notes with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. This is a very good cigar. It's fantastic, actually. The final third is easily a 96. /the subtle changes did not hurt it at all. A tip of the hat to Steve Saka for making a great cigar. Very impressive. Put this one on your must try list. You can purchase these cigars HERE.


Overall Score: 96

PUNCH TO LAUNCH CHOP SUEY LIMITED EDITION CIGAR


Punch will kick off The Year of The Rat with the launch of a limited-edition smoke called Punch Chop Suey, a follow up to 2019’s wildly-successful Punch Egg Roll cigar.

Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager of Punch and the creator of Chop Suey said, “We had a lot of fun with Punch Egg Roll last year so we decided to come out with a similar release for 2020. With its panatela size, this cigar delivers a great smoking experience in a format that really lets the tobaccos shine through. And with an SRP of less than $6 per cigar, Chop Suey hits that post-holiday sweet spot for cigar lovers.”

Handmade at General Cigar Dominicana in Santiago, DR, Punch Chop Suey is made with a Nicaraguan and Dominican blend and has a Nicaraguan binder with an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper. It will be available in one size only, a 7” x 37 Panatela with a 1” shaggy foot.

The cigars come in 25-count bundles placed inside a Chinese food takeout-style box with a shout out to the Year of the Rat. The inside of the band features a fortune courtesy of Mr. Punch and there are five fortunes in total.

While the Year of the Rat promises mobility and prosperity, Ed Lahmann gives cigar lovers a bit of advice. “The fortunes are coming from Mr. Punch, so expect a couple of friendly jabs and ‘inspirations’ from the snarky Punch mascot.”

Chop Suey will debut at brick and mortar locations across the country in mid-February and will be limited to 3,650 bundles.

Punch Chop Suey (7” x 37) – SRP per cigar $5.49

January 26, 2020

Undercrown ShadyXX by Drew Estate (5 x 50 box pressed belicoso)














Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Drew Estate has released the Undercrown ShadyXX. It’s a collaboration between Drew Estate and Shady Records. While this isn’t the first collaboration between Drew Estate and Shady Records, it’s the first one that will get nationally released.

Back in 2014, the two parties collaborated for the Undercrown ShadyXV to commemorate Shady Records’ 15th anniversary. The cigar was released as a Detroit, Michigan regional exclusive and a 5 x 50 box-pressed belicoso based on the Undercrown Corona ¡Viva!. The ShadyXX returns with the same size and same blend, but some upgraded packaging. The blend features a San Andres Mexican Maduro wrapper, a Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano binder, and a combination of Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan fillers. The cigars will be packaged in ten-count petacas. Pricing is set at $104.00 per petaca. The ShadyXX will only be available to Drew Diplomat retailers.

In a press release, Jonathan Drew President and Founder of Drew Estate commented, “Eminem, Paul Rosenberg, and Shady Records have changed the world. It’s undeniable!! While selling 230 million records is impressive on its face, it’s the unique way that Shady has connected with so many of us “regular folk” that’s impacted me the greatest. Shady made it okay to be different, no matter how weird or how fucked up we might be. The conceptual space of Shady Records is connected to the Undercrown brand because UC is cut from a different cloth, and not afraid to admit it. THE Undercrown is not the king in this romantic cigar story. The Undercrown’s position is juxtaposed to the king, like a wildin out prince on some DE, homegrown shit. The UC don’t want to be king. He’s deep in the cut, robust, and got mad flavor. I love the connection to Shady Records and am very proud to celebrate 20 years with the dudes.”

Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s long-time manager and Shady Records’ President, added, “I’m honored to team up with JD and Drew Estate again on our second collaboration resulting in the stellar ShadyXX. 20 years is a huge milestone, and I couldn’t think of a better way to reflect on the label’s legacy and celebrate our achievements than by lighting up another limited edition cigar that we can share with the world. This smoke is a superb, authentic blockbuster and just like one of our classic albums I expect it only to get better with time.”



The cigar is very dark and nicely made. A box pressed belicoso is a nice looking cigar. It also has a nice feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a ton of black coffee which was very close to espresso and black pepper. orange citrus with a touch of brown sugar, cream, a lot of a sweet dark chocolate, and nutmeg. You get the black coffee and black pepper immediately after tasting the orange citrus. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. There are a lot of dark notes in this cigar but there are also plenty of sweeter notes. The cigar is very powerful tasting. A nice dark noted start with sweetness.




At the first third (31 minutes) I noted the nice burn time. For a short cigar that's a good first third burn time. The cigar is much better now than when it started. I would call the cigar full bodied. The chocolate notes have really come out. They are not so much of a solely dark chocolate. I can get milk chocolate notes too. While there are still plenty of coffee notes they have toned down a bit. The citrus notes are not easily defined because there are a lot of nutmeg notes attached to them and there are some brown sugar notes also. What you will notice are the chocolate and coffee notes. The cream notes are not much of a factor at this point. The finish is chocolate and nutmeg with decent lingering black pepper. The cigar is very good. I rated the first third at 94.




At the second third (1 hour 2 minutes) the cigar is still very good but it's changed somewhat. The front end flavor of citrus is now cedar. There is still quite a bit of nutmeg, some brown sugar, a lot of chocolate and black coffee with hints of caramel. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is very smooth. Since I lost the citrus and the cedar is light I lowered the second third score to 93. 




The cigar lasted 1 hour 25 minutes. In the final third the cedar, some of the cream, and some of the caramel came back. The chocolate and coffee are sill in abundance. The cigar is very full bodied and the finish is unchanged. The cigar got back to the nice notes it had in the first third. Therefore I raised the score back to 94. This is a very good cigar and another good offering in the Undercrown line. Very impressive cigar that you can purchase HERE.


Overall Score: 93.67