Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma

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Cigar Details: Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Sun Grown
  • Binder: Connecticut Sun Grown Habano
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
  • Blender: Willy Herrera
  • Price: $10.20
  • Release Date: August 2020
  • Source: Drew Estate

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma is pretty stout in this soft box press format and also is fairly heavy in hand. The wrapper is a dull dark tan with well pressed veins and smooth seams that are only detectable based on color variation of the wrapper. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. There are three bands, all with a red and gold color combination. The primary is the traditional Undercrown design with the secondary denoting Dogma with the Dojo logo on the back. The foot band denotes Sungrown. The aroma from the wrapper is wood with a creamy sweetness. The foot brings wood, tobacco sweetness and light pepper. The pre-light draw provides creamy leather.

Pre-light Experience

With a firm press, the Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma is firm and lovely in appearance. The wrapper is between Natural and Colorado in coloring, and there is this faded reddish brown coloring. The wrapper has an aroma of sweet spices and fruit stew, while the foot gives off an aroma of dark chocolate and cherry liqueur.

Pre-light Experience

The first thing that stands out on the Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma is that it’s triple banded. Triple banded! If having three bands doesn’t get you an amazing score for the pre-light experience, I’m not sure what could. The cigar is also box pressed, which I appreciate given the larger ring gauge. The wrapper is a tan color, and has aromas of sweet tobacco, bread, graham cracker and fresh wood. From the foot, I was able to pick out molasses, prune and sweet tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma has a uniform Colorado Claro wrapper shade. The cigar is stout and girthy in nature with the bling of bands on bands on bands. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well capped off. Aromas from the wrapper tell dry barnyard, sharp red pepper spice and cedar. Aromas from the foot tell sweet prunes, red pepper spice and cedar. Cold draw reveals herbal tea, cedar and nuts.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of wood, leather and baking spice. At a half inch in, the baking spice transitions to black pepper. The retrohale is toasted wood and black pepper. At an inch in, some dry earth joins the profile. At an inch and a quarter, the wood, leather and earth are even with the black pepper in the background. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third smokes around a medium level in strength with a body between medium and medium-full. I am getting stone fruit notes with a focus on dark cherries and it is pairing with coffee, rich earth and cocoa notes. There are some leather aspect as well, and it is a rich and filling first third.

First Third

The first third opens with nuts, baking spices, earth, leather, wood and mild sweetness. Quite a start! Post draw lingering cedar, leather and light baking spices show up on the first few puffs. The post draw spices start to build up to medium strength, with leather joining at light plus. As the first third settles in, bread joins the retrohale, with cocoa a few minutes later. By the 20 minute mark, the retrohale has harmonized pleasantly. Baking spices begin to fall in intensity down to between light and light plus. As the first third progresses, cedar moves to the front of the retrohale profile. During the transition to the second third, a spice and wood combination settles on my palate.

First Third

The first third has a tasty mix of flavors. The profile is inherently sweet, earthy and shows decent spice. Flavors of oily and silky butter, sweet cream, dried nuts, minerals, cedar and layered red pepper spice. Retrohaling shows more influence in minerals and red pepper spice, but at the same time it is balanced. The finish is namely cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood and dry earth are up front with the leather and black pepper in the background. The profile is a bit dry. At three quarters of an inch in, the wood gains a toasted note and the leather has departed. The retrohale is toasted wood and dry earth. At an inch in, the dry earth has a slight lead over the toasted wood while the black pepper is faint in the background. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third continues to delivers those powerful spices from the first third and I am picking up cinnamon and red pepper. It is paired with coffee and cocoa notes, and the finish shows some charred meat qualities. Like before, the cigar is medium in strength and the body is medium-full.

Second Third

Nutty baking spices take the cigar into the last third. A lingering medium strength cedar defines the post draw. Mild hay quickly moves into the center of the profile. As the second third settles in, mid profile mustiness is detectable. By the halfway point, a dry earth joins the post draw. Mustiness joins the retrohale approaching the last third.

Second Third

The second third continues to build off the first third’s platform. I notice the oily and silky nature of the cigar quite a bit. Also, the dried nuts can be more identified as roasted chestnuts. Other than that, still getting the other flavors of sweet cream, minerals, cedar and layered red pepper spice. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toasted note transitions to char and it is at the front of the profile with the dry earth right behind. The black pepper is no longer present. The retrohale is lightly charred wood and dry earth. At three quarters of an inch in, the char is fairly heavy. The cigar wraps up with heavily charred wood and dry earth. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Final Third

The final third delivers a lot of the same qualities present in the second third and I am getting sharp spices with stone fruit notes. There are touches of coffee, and the finish is that of pepper and charred meat. Smoked at a medium-full level for strength and body at the end.

Final Third

Dry cedar drives the retrohale into the last third. Bread comes through at the end of the retrohale, as dry cedar moves into the post draw. As the cigar progresses, a post draw bitter earth comes in. Cedar moves into the center of the profile, with cedar still driving the flavors, and a mild sweetness accenting underneath. By the halfway point, baking spices mix with earth.

Final Third

The final third shows a spike in minerals and a slight harshness seeps through. This takes away from some of the softer notes (roasted chestnuts, sweet cream, silky/butter nature). Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was perfect throughout. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn was fantastic on the cigar from start to finish. Well constructed cigar.

Burn

Burn performance was fairly flawless with a slightly flaky ash. The ash held on up to 1-1/2 inches.

Burn

Flawless burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes, ample smoke production and cool burning temperature.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar began with a mix of wood, leather and baking spice. The baking spice transitioned to black pepper fairly quickly. Some dry earth joined in a bit later. The second third saw the wood gain a toasted note. The final third saw the toast transition to char and build up throughout. Construction was great and strength was slightly above medium most of the way. The Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma had a nice start but went downhill in each third after as the profile became a bit dry and char joined in and built up. I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Undercrown Sun Grown line and this iteration doesn’t really change that. The flavors are a bit sharp and it tends to become a heavy and strength driven profile. In regards to the Dogma options, I prefer to stay with the Maduro and don’t really see myself coming back to this one.

Draw

Draw was great throughout. Again, this was a well-made cigar.

Overall

I found the Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma to be an average cigar. I will be honest, I have never been sold on the Undercrown Sun Grown, it is not my type of Ecuadorian Sumatra offering, but it does perform well in the larger ring gauge formats. I think the pressing helps the blend, and it delivers this stone fruit and spice profile that is solid, but it lacks some complexity and transitioning throughout. With that, the cigar has a nice body and strength level. If you are a fan of the Undercrown Sun Grown offerings, I believe you will find this to be one of the better offerings, right up there with the Sun Grown Flying Pig.

Draw

The draw had a fair amount of resistance to it, roughly 3 to 3-1/2 notches. Despite that, each draw brought significant amounts of smoke production.

Overall

The Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma was overall a good, enjoyable experience. I was treated with a significant number of different flavors that harmonized in ways to engage me throughout the review. I also appreciate a box pressed vitola when the ring gauge gets over 52. I would smoke these again if I had the opportunity. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 59 minutes.

Draw

The draw was also flawless, giving the ideal air flow.

Overall

Definitely not my cup of tea in terms of the large ring gauge, but when it comes to overall flavor delivery, I gotta give praise to the Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Dojo Dogma. Silky/buttery mouthfeel with flavors of sweet cream, roasted chestnuts, minerals, cedar and layered red pepper spice. Well executed until the final third in which harshness and an abundance of minerals shows. This one is worth it.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$1.82

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$1.74

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.37

Cost/Point

$1.60

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.50

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