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Spotlight Brand: Drew Estate Undercrown

Liga Privada Undercrown

A top-seller from Drew Estate.

#25 Cigar of 2017—'91' Rated by Cigar Aficionado.

Not only have the folks at Drew Estate won the world over with their countless infused blends, but they amazed everyone with their traditional Liga Privada No. 9. Not to rest on their laurels, they have since come out with a handful of small batch, traditional lines that are well worth the attention.

Undercrown was created at the rolling tables by Drew Estate's rollers — not in a board room or meeting. The story goes as such: Drew Estate allows their rollers to smoke any of the cigars in production, and the rollers loved the original Liga Privada No. 9 blend so much that it was all they ever smoked. While most would consider that a ringing endorsement, Drew Estate was worried about the availability of the tobaccos. The primings used for the No. 9 are so rare and limited that they had to remove Liga Privada No. 9 from the list of cigars the rollers are allowed to smoke. The rollers then improvised and used different primings of the same tobacco to make a new blend they could enjoy in the factory every day. This new blend impressed the Drew Estate team so much that they rolled it out to the market, and thus, Liga Privada Undercrown was born.

Capturing a similar character and profile as the No. 9 blend it's based on, Undercrown is an exceptional cigar in its own right. Featuring a dark, San Andrés wrapper, a US Connecticut 'T52' Stalk-Cut binder, and a potent combo of Brazilian Mata Fina & Nicaraguan long-fillers, this medium to full-bodied blend offers rich, creamy flavors — equal parts sweet as it is savory with a long, rewarding finish. This San Andrés leaf adds some spice to the blend and makes its presence known in the onset of the cigar. The blend develops nicely with flavors of espresso and hints of cashews. Undercrown comes off as a medium-bodied cigar that expels a lot flavor with a cool, perfectly even burn. Expect a medium finish as this blend is perfect for every enthusiast.

Q & A: Off-Season Herf-a-Dor Use?

Q.
My Herf-a-Dor doesn’t get any use during the winter. Any suggestions?

2/08/12 | by JL of Brookline, MA

A.
​​​​​​​We realize that during the winter months you may not get much use of your Herf-a-Dor; less gatherings, usually no vacations, and you’re probably not doing many outdoor activities. The perfect way to utilize this accessory is for dry-boxing. You may have some nice oily Habano or maduro-wrapped cigars that hold humidity better than most blends. So, naturally, when you go to smoke them they may have a difficult draw. Instead, of plopping them onto a desk or countertop, throw them into your Herf-a-Dor. Your unused Herf will still provide minimal humidity and will protect the cigars from sunlight, extremely dry air, nosey pets ... you name it, while keeping your cigars in optimal smoking condition.

by Dave

Review: San Lotano Requiem

Bryan San Lotano Habano
Robusto (5.0"x54): A great size to start this line off with. A nice mixture of cream and spice right up front will instantly get your palate’s attention. The size is good for about 45 minutes of enjoyment; just enough for a nice break in your day.

Toro (6.0"x54): The Toro builds on what the Robusto started. This size is definitely one of the best cigars that have come out lately. Rich spice and cream floods your palate with notes of cedar throughout.

Toro Gordo (6.0"x60): The hefty 6.0”x60 will water down the blend a bit and won’t be as gripping as the smaller sizes. This cigar is still perfect for a long summer day where you can casually smoke one of these while barbecuing in your back yard.

Torpedo (6.5"x54): Pretty nice size. The ring gauge still offers the notes you’d get from the Robusto or Toro. The longer size makes the blend start to burn a little hot though. But that’s just being nit-picky.

Churchill (7.0"x54): Suffers from the same problem the Torpedo has. But at this point, we’re just trying to look for issues. Still an excellent cigar.