Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown CoronaCigar Info

In July 2017, Drew Estate Announced a Sun Grown version their Undercrown cigar. This would make its third line extension.  The Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown Corona has an Ecuadorian Sumatra Sun Grown wrapper, Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut/Cured Sun Grown Habano binder, and fillers from Nicaragua. A filler ligero leaf from the Nueva Segovia region along the border with Honduras has been extensively aged and increases the strength.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

This cigar comes in the following sizes: Corona (5 5/8 x 46) MSRP $205.00/25ct Box, Robusto (5 x 54) MSRP $212.00/25ct Box, Gran Toro (6 x 52) MSRP $225.50/25ct Box, Belicoso (6 x 52) MSRP $246.00/ 25ct Box, Gordito (6 x 60) MSRP $280.00/25ct Box, Corona Doble (7 x 54) MSRP $259.50/ 25ct Box, Flying Pig (3 15/16 x 60) MSRP $152.64/12ct Box. The blend, just as in the original Undercrown, is a collaboration between the Liga Privada rollers and Master Blender Willy Herrera. It is said that the tried to secure this Sumatra Ecuador tobacco for over 15 years.

Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown CoronaVital Stats:

Vitola: Corona
Length: 5 5/8 ”
Ring Gauge: 46
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Sun Grown
Binder: Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut/Cured Sun Grown Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan
Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
Blender: Willy Herrera
Number of reviewers: 5 Ryan H. (Ryan H.) Steve (ThaGreatWazoo) David F. (dfafjf) Mickey T. (irratebass) Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
Price: $8.20
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: September 2017
Contributed by: Drew Estate Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown CoronaInitial Impressions

Appearance: 89

“Corona sized cigar that is dark brown like wood in color plenty of visible seams, but no veins” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Aroma: 89

“This cigar had a real pleasant aroma. Soft notes of mixed nuts came forward and were very inviting. The cold draw was very smooth and clean and had me ready to light this thing up.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown Corona
Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown Corona

First Third

Flavor: 87
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“First puff delivers a blast of pepper from both the body and retro hale. I often have a hard time distinguishing between certain flavors but this really reminds me of crushed red pepper. Upon the first few puffs I’m sitting back and ready to see what else this cigar delivers! After about the first inch the pepper subsides slightly but still present. A bit of the honey sweetness is present but is hard to detect from the general woodsy / barnyard flavors present. Seems weird to describe as a positive aspect, but there is a lingering musky flavor that I’m actually enjoying. ” –David F. (dfafjf)

“WOW!!!! starts off with alot of spice and black pepper on the front putting it through the nose is like rubbing your eyes after picking peppers in the garden. Its not close to over powering but you know its there. After about a half inch it becomes a very heavy earth profile. At medium plus with a little cream” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown Corona
Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown Corona

Second Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“No real flavor change, which isn’t a bad thing. This cigar is really making my mouth dry with the mustiness, and I have to continue to sip water with each puff. Getting a chocolate fudge kind of flavor on the lips and tongue…..yummy. Sadly the fudge didn’t last long, the mustiness has returned….not a very complex cigar. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)”

“Its mainly earth there have been times I thought it was going to take a sweeter turn, but to no avail. The wrapper has split in a couple places i thought that might be a problem as thin as the wrapper is.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown Corona
Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown Corona

Final Third

Flavor: 87
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“The final third remained earthy but was more dirty then dark earth. Unfortunately the flavors never really cleared up and remained muddy through the end.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

“The hype I have for this cigar so far is way up there. With that said, the final third disappointed me. Not that it was not good, but it lost its momentum. The notes began to slow and the overall complexity melted together. The profile became muddied over and all notes blended almost over-the-top. Still, a good finish, but nothing like the first two thirds.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown Corona
Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown Corona

Overall Impressions

Draw: 92

“The draw was very clean and crisp. A straight cut and flame got this thing going.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

Burn: 93

“A prime example of how a cigar should burn. Slow and cool with a firm ash.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Construction: 91

“Construction was good, nice firm ash that held on about an inch at a time ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 88

“Not anything exceptiinally special about this one would keep it around for golf or yard activities” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“I knocked the final third of this cigar, but only because the first two thirds were tremendous. One of the best cigars I have reviewed for Blind Man’s Puff. Grab these, as many as you can, and enjoy them often. Outstanding job.” –Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

“I really enjoyed smoking this cigar. The first 1/3 of the cigar was truly fantastic. Really great spice and pepper to begin mixed with hints of sweetness. If the flavors continued throughout the rest of the cigar, it would have ranked much higher for me. While the second and final 1/3 of the cigar was very good, I was missing a lot of the flavors that the cigar started out having.” –David F. (dfafjf)

“This cigar didn’t blow me away or upset me, it was just there. I enjoyed the molasses, and chocolate flavors that I detected, but sadly they didn’t last long enough to hold my attention. There was way too much mustiness that left my mouth dry.

“I wouldn’t buy any, but if gifted I would smoke again.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“There were flashes of goodness in this cigar but the beginning and end are what really stands out… Unfortunately neither of those portions have me wanting to try another.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 78

Reviewer
Apr
Aro
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Const
Ovr
All
Ryan H. 88 88 85 88 87 90 90 83 88
Steve 90 90 92 90 87 92 92 90 92
David F. 90 97 95 92 92 100 97 95 95
Mickey T. 88 83 85 85 85 88 88 88 85
Jason H. 90 90 85 90 87 97 95 92 88

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Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown Corona

Overall Score – 89 – Good

Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Undercrown Sun Grown Corona
Summary
"I really enjoyed smoking this cigar. The first 1/3 of the cigar was truly fantastic. Really great spice and pepper to begin mixed with hints of sweetness. If the flavors continued throughout the rest of the cigar, it would have ranked much higher for me. While the second and final 1/3 of the cigar was very good, I was missing a lot of the flavors that the cigar started out having. " -David F. (dfafjf)
Appearance
89
Aroma
89
First Third
87
Second Third
90
Final Third
87
Draw
92
Burn
93
Construction
91
Overall Experience
88
90
Overall Score - Good