Personal Cigar Review: Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Suprema

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Cigar Details: Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Suprema

  • Vitola: Perfecto
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 50/54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
  • Binder: Sumatra
  • Filler: Dominican Criollo ’98, Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
  • Blender: Willy Herrera
  • Price: $9.60
  • Release Date: June 2019
  • Source: Drew Estate

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Suprema is dark tan and carries a network of fine and well pressed veins. The seams are pretty well blended but visible in some spots. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap and the nipple foot is also finished well. There are three bands and the primary and foot band are the normal design in white and gold. The secondary strip band carries the same color combination and denotes Suprema. The aroma from the wrapper is sweet, slightly musty hay. With the foot opening being so small, I can detect nothing other than the wrapper aroma. The pre-light draw brings a dry, golden hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with charred wood and light mustiness. As the burn line reaches the bulb, the char is very faint and some hay and light black pepper join the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the profile is musty wood, black pepper and light hay while the black pepper has a very long finish. The retrohale starts with musty wood and then finishes with a black pepper zing. At an inch and a half in, the musty wood is up front with hay right behind and black pepper in the background. The strength in this third was right at medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the musty wood and hay are even while the black pepper remains in the background and continues with its long finish. At a half inch in, the profile has become a bit drying. At an inch in, the black pepper has left the profile. The retrohale is just musty wood. At an inch and a half in, the hay drops out and the profile is now just dry and musty wood. The third finishes with the dry and musty wood. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the dry and musty wood. At a quarter inch in, some bitterness joins the profile. The retrohale remains just musty wood. At an inch in, the bitterness has increased a fair amount and has a long finish. The cigar wraps up with dry and musty wood with the bitterness right behind. The strength in this third remained at slightly below medium.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy at times and straight at others. The ash held on through each third.

Draw

The draw was slightly looser than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with charred wood and light mustiness. Some hay and black pepper joined in fairly quickly. The second third saw the hay and black pepper drop out as it went along. The final third saw some bitterness join in and build up as it progressed. The construction was very good and strength was slightly below medium most of the way. The Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Suprema had a nice start, but went downhill in each third as some components dropped out and bitterness joined in. I don’t find this vitola as enjoyable as some of the previous vitolas in the line. Past the first third, the profile is very traditional Connecticut shade with the dry and musty wood and bitterness. I likely won’t return to this vitola as I would go back to the previous sizes, but if I’m in the mood for a unique size, I’ll go after the Flying Pig.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$1.75

Scoring System

Aaron
GoodPre
Light
GoodFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
SubparFinal
Third
Very GoodBurn
Very GoodDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Suprema
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Suprema

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