Cigar Review 

Undercrown ShadyXV by Drew Estate

In November of 2014, Drew Estate announced a partnership with Shady Records. The first cigar to come from this collaboration is the Undercrown ShadyXV which commemorates Shady Records’ fifteenth year in business. The Undercrown ShadyXV is a 5×50 box pressed belicoso utilizing the same blend as the Undercrown Corona Viva.

“Drew Estate has announced the release of the Undercrown ShadyXV, a line extension to their coveted Undercrown Line produced in partnership with Shady Records. The Detroit-based Shady Records will celebrate their fifteenth anniversary in 2014 and will be working with Drew Estate on the release of the Undercrown ShadyXV. ShadyXV, a compilation celebrating the label’s anniversary and featuring greatest hits alongside new music from Shady Records artists, will be released on November 24.

The Undercrown ShadyXV will be offered in a 5 x 50 box pressed belicoso size, featuring the same blend as the Corona Viva line. For hardcore fans, this release follows the lineage of the Corona Viva and Dogma blends. The cigar will be limited to 500 10ct soft packs, which will be sold exclusively through Detroit-area cigar retailers in honor of Shady Records fifteenth anniversary.

When asked about the project, Drew Estate co-founder Jonathan Drew stated that, “this project has been in the works for some time and I couldn’t be more amped that it’s finally coming to fruition. Anyone who knows JD understands my affinity towards hip-hop, so to have this opportunity to work with Paul Rosenberg and the Shady family is a true honor. Drew Estate is always on the cutting edge and ‘in the cut’ — and the Undercrown ShadyXV is no exception. This will be a collector’s piece for both the Drew Estate and the Shady fan.”
Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s long-time manager and partner in Shady Records, was the impetus behind this collaboration and had this to say about the Undercrown ShadyXV from New York:

“As an avid boutique cigar smoker and a long-time Drew Estate fan, this collaboration on our label’s 15th anniversary is a huge honor that I’m really excited about. JD and his team went all-out to create a really special smoke that I’m very proud to be associated with.”
The 10ct soft packs of the Undercrown ShadyXV will retail for $99.95 MSRP, or $9.95 for a single cigar. The ShadyXV will be shipped to stores by November 27th. Please remember that quantities are extremely limited.”

Vitola: 5×50 Box Pressed Belicoso

Wrapper: San Andres Morron (Negra)
Binder: Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut Sun Grown Habano
Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina & Nicaraguan Habano

Undercrown Shady XV by Drew Estate

Appearance: The Undercrown ShadyXV has a rather sharp appearance. The dark chocolate brown wrapper, the tapered belicoso head, and the box press work cohesively to compliment the navy blue and gold bands giving this cigar a notably regal appearance.

Pre Light: The tobacco has a very pleasant, sweet and floral aroma. The cold draw provides notes of jasmine, graham cracker, and tobacco.

First Third: Right off the bat, the Undercrown Shady XV provides a good mouthful of black pepper and leather which back off after the first few puffs to allow milk chocolate to shine through. The retrohale provides notes of cedar and black pepper, leaving the rich leather and tobacco notes on the finish. The draw is very open and produces a heavy volume of smoke. The Undercrown Shady XV is certainly full bodied and has a fairly even burn line during the first third.

Second Third: As the Undercrown Shady XV progresses into the second third, many of the flavors remain from the first third and there is a distinct pine note that appears along with a subtle peppermint on the finish with nutmeg and cloves on the retrohale. The cigar remains at a full body and continues to burn evenly throughout the second third.

Final Third: The final third of the Undercrown ShadyXV continues to hold many of the flavors from the first and second third but also presents some clove spice and a hint of caramel on the finish. It becomes quite hot and bitter in the last inch at which point I put it down. The cigar remained a full bodied, full strength cigar until the end.

Overview: The Undercrown ShadyXV is a very good cigar, one that will more than please fans of the traditional Undercrown. There are a lot of things to love about the Undercrown ShadyXV, from the blend of tobaccos, the reason behind its conception and the overall execution. I smoked both cigars in December, only about a month after its release and they could have certainly benefited from a little more rest; however, it is very good considering they were “right off the truck.” If you did get a chance to pick up some Undercrown ShadyXV cigars, I would recommend at least 6-8 weeks prior to lighting. The flavors were very rich and bold but they did seem to lack a sort of harmony that I like to see in cigars.

In all, the Undercrown ShadyXV is a great cigar that I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of the Undercrown or Liga Privada lines. If you were not able to get your hands on one of the only 5,000 cigars released, the Undercrown Corona Viva would be a good substitute as it is very similar in both flavor and construction.


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