Full Disclosure: I received some of these cigars from BnB Tobacco.
I reviewed this exact same cigar, the Undercrown, last year and I really liked it. In fact, it made it into my Top 10 for 2011. Usually, I don’t review cigars more than once but BnB Tobacco sent me a couple. And this is a good thing. Cigars change over time and this cigar has been sitting for a few months. Also, won’t it be fun to find out if I like this cigar as much as I did last year (92 points in my previous review)?
The first time I heard about Drew Estate it was as the maker of flavored cigars. And, since I hate flavored cigars, I didn’t think much of the company. But then I tried the Liga Privada no. 9 and the Liga Privada T52 and I quickly found out that these guys can make some awesome cigars.
Impeccably constructed, this cigar with a dark brown wrapper is so devoid of imperfections I’m beginning to wonder if it’s not android tobacco. Here we go with the review.
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Otapan Negro Último Corte
Binder: T52 Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Habano
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Cuban Seed
Price:$149.99/Box of 25 | $32.99/Pack of 5
There’s something about this cigar that I like… and it’s subtly different with a few months worth of aging. Rich, clay earth, dark chocolate and espresso. Very nice mixture.
Earth and espresso lead the way during the second third. Little bit of sweetness pushes through as well during the penultimate third.
The final third does have some changes. There’s this berry sweetness shrouded in a cocoon of bitter earth and espresso. Interesting mix and it’s a good change of pace even if it isn’t a monumental change.
The Liga Privada Undercrown is a solid cigar, there is no doubt about that. And it is a little surprising to me since I like cigars with spice and bolder flavors. This is not that kind of a cigar. Instead, you’ll find a solid group of flavors and a reserved demeanor.
Medium bodied with an excellent burn and draw. Even if you are a fan of stronger cigars you will like this cigar. This is the kind of cigar that would be liked by both beginner and experienced cigar smokers alike. Is it better with a few months worth of aging? I didn’t find that there was much difference in my enjoyment of this cigar.