Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequeña

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Cigar Details: Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequeña

  • Vitola: Petite Corona
  • Length: 4″
  • Ring Gauge: 44
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro
  • Binder: Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano
  • Filler: Brazil and Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
  • Blender: Willy Herrera
  • Price: $5.50
  • Release Date: February 2020
  • Source: Drew Estate

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequeña is dark brown with some darker marbling and a few raised veins present. The seams are smooth but pretty easily visible due to the color variation of the wrapper. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. The cigar has two bands with the primary carrying the traditional design for the line but in a navy blue and gold color combination. The foot band has the same color combination and denotes Maduro. The aroma from the wrapper is slightly damp wood and light cocoa. The foot brings wood and a light wheat bread note. The pre-light draw is wood, light sweet tobacco and a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Finished with a dark and toothy wrapper, Oscuro in coloring, the Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequeña is firm throughout. It is rough in texture and has an aroma of rich earth, dark spices and licorice on the wrapper with an aroma of chocolate syrup, tobacco and spices on the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequeña has a footband, along with a primary band, which I found surprising given the diminutive nature of the vitola. The cellophane is designed to open in such a way as the UPC code remains intact. The cigar wrapper, as with other Undercrown Maduros, is a dark color with a slightly rustic appearance. I was able to pick up aromas of sweet plum, tobacco and dry wood. From the foot, there was faint sweet plum.

Pre-light Experience

The Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequeña has a uniformed maduro wrapper color. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give rubber, slight campfire and hay. Aromas from the foot tell spicy cedar and roasted nuts. Cold draw gives light cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with dark wood, black pepper and light mustiness. At a half inch in, the pepper has lightened up a fair amount. The retrohale starts with musty dark wood and then a punishing black pepper zing comes on. As the third comes to a close, the profile is just musty dark wood. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens with some noticeable red pepper flavors that are accompanied by rich chocolate and earth profiles. There are some meaty qualities present as well with a leathery finish. It is smoking at a level just above medium-full for strength, and the same for body and flavors.

First Third

The first third opens with intense, dry earthiness. My next few puffs bring cream, spices, cedar, earth and cocoa that finishes the retrohale. The spices immediately begin to linger on the post draw, delayed after each draw. Lingering sweetness joins a few minutes later as the first third settles in. Post draw spices creep up to full strength on the tip of my tongue, and sides of my tongue. That spice strength slowly reduces in strength as the first third progresses.

First Third

The first third gives off quite a bit of roasted/toasted characters. Roasted nuts and bread toast are the two primary notes followed by a slightly creamy bitter chocolate. At the half inch mark, the profile picks up a subtle dry pepper spice as well. The finish is pretty earthy with cedar and dry soil. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the mustiness has a slight lead over the dark wood. The profile has also become a bit dry. At a half inch in, a slight meatiness joins the profile. The retrohale is musty dark wood and light meatiness. At an inch in, the meatiness has picked up a bit in fullness so that it is even with the dark wood while the mustiness is up front. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some transitioning from the first and I am getting more chocolate and earth notes. There is a café mocha flavor present as well and the finish has this subtle molasses like quality. The chocolate, coffee and milk profile is really enjoyable. With the change in flavors, there is a change in the body and strength. I found this third to be more at the medium level, compared with the first.

Second Third

Cedar, sweetness and mild spices all lead the flavor profile into the second third. Some chocolate develops mid profile, with spices stepping back up to medium on the retrohale by the halfway point. This combined medley carries the remainder of the second third.

Second Third

The second third is starting to have a little bit more spice influence. Other than that, it’s still medium body and strength of roasted nuts, toast and faintly creamy bitter chocolate.

Final Third

As the final third begins, some char joins the dark wood. At a quarter inch in, the charred dark wood begins to show a slightly bitter finish. The retrohale has the mustiness leading with the dark wood right behind with a slightly bitter finish. The cigar finishes up with mustiness up front and charred and bitter dark wood with light meatiness. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

I am in the final third now and finding some of the red pepper and spice notes from the first third re-emerging. They are paired with rich earth, leather and dark chocolate syrup qualities. It is filling and has a long finish. There is a hint of coffee beans on the finish and it smokes cool to the end. I would classify the cigar as being between medium and medium-full.

Final Third

Some dry cedar and earth accents on each puff moving into the last third. Sweetness joins the profile as it settles in. Earth settles into the post draw, and rapidly steps up to medium strength for the remainder of the third.

Final Third

The final third picks up a bitterness on the finish. Aside from that, still roasted nuts, toast and slightly creamy bitter chocolate. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was fairly wavy throughout and required a touch-up in the second third to keep things in unison. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

The burn was perfect from start to finish. Incredibly well constructed cigar.

Burn

The burn was uneven at a number of points, but didn’t require attention. Ash held on in 1-1/2 inch increments.

Burn

Perfect burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes, cool burning temperature and a cigar that basically smokes itself.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with dark wood, black pepper and light mustiness. The black pepper faded out by the end of the first third. The second third saw a light meatiness join in which built up a bit as it went along. The final third saw the dark wood gain some char and a bitter finish. The construction was pretty good and strength was medium the whole way. The Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequeña had an average flavor profile until the final third when the char and bitterness knocked it down a bit. As was the case with the Shade version in this viotla, I don’t think this size allows the blend to shine as it does in the larger sizes. Other than if I had a shorter smoking time than normal, I’m not sure I’d come back to this vitola. For really big fans of the line, it’s worth a try to see if they find something they like here.

Draw

Like the burn, the draw was perfect on the cigar.

Overall

I don’t know how I feel about Undercrown being around for nearly nine years. It’s showing my age, as I remember when they were first released and reviewing them. I was a huge fan of the brand when it was first released, but like anything, when you smoke a lot of different cigars all the time, you lose track of some brands. Smoking the Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequeña has resurrected my interest in the brand, and I will definitely be smoking some of the original vitolas the next time I go to the shop. I need some Undercrown Flying Pigs! This is a terrific small cigar and great for when you don’t have much smoking time. There is a lot of flavor in the cigar and the second third is magnificent. It shows great transitioning and depth, and the construction is top notch. I am not going to say it is my favorite Undercrown offering, but the size speaks to me and that will lead to me smoking these often. Job well done!

Draw

The draw was 1-1/2 to 2 notches into the resistant spectrum. While this would be undesirable on a larger ring gauge cigar, I prefer smaller ring gauge cigars to be resistant as they burn slower and cooler.

Overall

The Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequeña served up many of the flavor notes you’d find in the larger versions. Sweetness, earth, cream, cedar, cocoa and spices that were quite intense at points. If you’re looking for a shorter version of the Undercrown Maduro I think this would be a great choice. Total smoking time was a surprising 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Draw

The draw was also perfect, giving the ideal resistance and air flow.

Overall

I don’t really realize it until I smoke them, but it’s hard to find a good small cigar to enjoy, especially in the non-Cuban category. The only long standing one that I’ve loved is Illusione’s Rothchild Maduro. The Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequeña gives a good fight to be amongst the few enjoyable small cigars at it’s fairly attractive price point. I can see myself coming back for more of these.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.20

Cost/Point

$1.06

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.52

Cost/Point

$0.73

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

$0.84

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$0.81

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  • Ray - May 11, 2020 reply

    Thanks for the review guys, and the contest as well.

  • Tim McCabe - May 12, 2020 reply

    Nice little size Undercrown for winter days. Good luck everyone.

  • Bob Langmaid - May 12, 2020 reply

    I love a petite corona with coffee before work…. if I ever get my job back that is…

  • Charles Green - May 13, 2020 reply

    Sounds like a great cigar for Wisconsin winters.

  • Brandon - May 14, 2020 reply

    Would love to try this smaller format.

  • David Turley - May 16, 2020 reply

    This one has been on my wish list!

  • Arless - May 18, 2020 reply

    Jiunn,
    I would suggest you try the INTEMPERANCE WHISKEY REBELLION 1794 Hamilton. It is a 4×46 flavor bomb. I mean it, for a relatively quick smoke it has an abundance of rich flavors from the initial light.

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