Size: 5 x 50 Robusto
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Negro
Binder and Filler: Connecticut Habano/Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Habano
Behind The Stick:
The story behind the Undercrown, while not filled with exciting car chases or dramatic plot twists – is one of those cigar stories that seems like it could ‘actually be true’. So often we hear about the “forgotten” cache of tobacco or a private blend that some how made its way into a 250,000 a year production but very rarely do you hear a story like the Liga Undercrown. Used from a selection of tobacco that utilizes the Mexican Otapan Negro Ultimo Corte ( last cut ) wrapper which is a leaf known for having a delayed harvest cycle which aids in producing more sugars in the leaf which paired with great fermenting will result in a richer and creamier flavor. Added to this, Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Longfillers in the middle and a T52 Connecticut stalk cut Habano for the binder – do we even need a story?
Legend has it that the Undercrown – like all mothers of invention – came out of necessity. The rollers who were tasked with rolling the Liga Privada were told that due to rising demand and the struggle Drew Estates was facing to meet the current demand – they would no longer be able to smoke Ligas while they worked. To still be able to enjoy the cigars they were rolling, they created their own blend using tobacco that was bought for the Liga Privada production but that were not specifically used in the blend. Undercrown comes in five sizes: Robusto (5 x 54), Belicoso (6 x 52), Double Corona (7 x 54), Gordito (6 x 60), and Gran Toro (6 x 52).
We are always told to never read a book by the cover, but when a cigar that smells this good is just a shade or two lighter than midnight – we all have similar ideas of the cigar has in store for us. Evenly packed from head to foot, the wrapper not only clings to the cigar almost looking ‘stretched’ but is covered in oils that make the veins stand out just a little more prominently. The simple but effective blue and gold band really makes the emblem stand out – immediately recognizable in a humidor.
This is not what I would consider a “complex” cigar by any stretch of the imagination. From the start to the finish the cigar produces this nutty overtone with strong coffee and mocha flavoring that changes slightly with intensity of each flavor but primarily holds this flavor profile from start to finish. There is a little spice that develops near the mid point but nothing to write home about.
Sometimes you just need a ‘good cigar’ and I think that the Undercrown fits that bill to a T. The price is right where you could put this cigar into a regular rotation and it wont break your pocketbook. While there will always be a big hype around the Liga Privada line, this understated ‘cousin’ to the blend may just have its own bit of fame. I personally have 5 of these on hand at all times, for just that occasion a buddy asks “I want a great full body cigar that wont break the bank” – I have some for us to smoke together, and for him to take home and get hooked. If you have tried the Undercrown please let me know what you think. If you have not, I highly recommend going out and picking up a 5 pack or a box!
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory