Undercrown Shade Belicoso (6×52)
W: Shade-Grown Connecticut, Ecuador
F: Criollo ‘98 (Dom. Rep.), Corojo & Criollo (Nicaragua)
Factory: La Gran Fabrica, Esteli, Nicaragua
Created by Drew Estate’s reigning blend king Willy Herrera, the Undercrown Shade follows up the company’s smash hit Undercrown cigar with a lighter wrap that’s medium in body and lush with ultra-smooth flavor. Toasty, woody, bready, nutty, creamy, peppery, and sweet, this is one Connecticut stick that you can safely categorize as “non-traditional.”
Flavor Report: cedar, cream, white pepper, toasted bread, burnt caramel, grass/hay, nougat, smoky wood, black pepper
Along with the Drew Estate name comes certain expectations, and the Undercrown Shade lived up to them. In addition to the creamy and woody vibes you’d expect from a cigar with this type of wrapper, the Shade dished out formidable complexity and a full taste that elevated it well beyond its weight class in terms of flavor. Instincts tell me to call it “a fantastic golf cigar,” but truth be told, this engaging profile may be a little distracting if you’re trying to lower your handicap. The burn, however, would be no distraction at all, as it was spot-on from start to finito.