Liga Privada Undercrown Cigar Review

July 26, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

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.

Undercrown cigars (click on picture to go to manufacturer's site)

Undercrown cigars (click on picture to go to manufacturer’s site)

Cigar Stats
Length: 5″
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

Infection Incineration!

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.

92 points

Diesel Cigar Review

December 16, 2009 · Posted in Cigar Review · 5 Comments 

This near-jet black beauty of a cigar is made by A.J. Fernandez who has made cigars for Rocky Patel, Padilla and the Man O’ War lines as well. I must be honest, this is one of the better looking cigars I have seen. In addition to the jet black wrapper it is a rather smallish torpedo that absolutely glistens with oils. There are no seriously raised veins either.

It is rough to the touch, though. And the cigar is tightly packed. Based off of my previous experiences with this cigar neither of those things should hurt the flavor at all.

Cigar Stats
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 56
Wrapper: USA/Pennsylvania
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua (Jalapa, Condega, Esteli)
Price: $6.00/Single | $100/Box (30 cigars)

Funny Flame!

As expected, the draw is very good. Not too tight, not too loose. Also, as expected, the Diesel has a ton of flavor that runs smack dab through the “dark” flavor profile. Lots of espresso/coffee beans, earthiness/grassy and some charcoal. There is a little bit of spice but not a whole heck of a lot to speak of. Oh, and chocolate – milk chocolate to be precise – is a fairly prominent flavor with the Diesel.

The flavors coat the mouth and just won’t leave, which is a pretty good thing here. It’s a very good cigar throughout the first half and shows no signs of slowing down.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn. One of the previous Diesels I smoked had the flavors drop off around the halfway point but, with this one, the flavors are sticking through – so far.

For the most part the flavors are staying strong even as the burn line crosses the three-quarters mark. There is some complexity with this cigar and, overall, I am liking it a lot. This isn’t to say that this cigar is special but it is above average for sure.

Leather starts to come through during the second half along with some spice. Further on, within a half inch of the nub, the flavors take a bad turn but, as long as you don’t smoke it way too far down, it’s a very good cigar. The bad flavors revolve around salt, which isn’t a horrible flavor but does diminish my enjoyment to a degree.

What amazes me about this cigar is that if you buy it by the box it is less than $3.50 per cigar. That’s amazing for a cigar that tastes this good. While the flavors are not mind blowingly great they are well above average for the majority of the stogie. If you can buy a box I would strongly suggest you do so; after all, Christmas is just around the corner.

89 points

Nub Maduro Short Cigar Review

November 23, 2009 · Posted in Asides, Short Cigar Review · 5 Comments 


The 460 (4″ x 60 ring gauge) Nub Maduro is a good enough looking cigar. Not too tightly packed, somewhat veiny, no glaring imperfections.


Due to its large ring gauge, it does take a little bit longer to light than most cigars. The predominant flavor is espresso with a good helping of a low-octane spice (i.e. not very spicy spice – if that makes sense).

After the one-inch mark the flavor profile makes a dramatic shift towards earthy/grassy flavors. However, it appears that was nothing more than a brief intermission since the spice and espresso return.

It’s an up-and-down cigar as far as flavor goes. The flavors alternate between being crisp and muddled.

On the bright side, the draw is good (maybe a smidgen too tight for my liking) and the burn is for all intents and purposes, even. It is a medium bodied cigar.


The Nub Maduro was one of those cigars that I don’t have any real negative or positive feelings for. It’s a fine cigar but, as I was merrily puffing along, I found that I was waiting for the end of the cigar to come along. It’s just a boring cigar.

2.5 points