Drew Estate Liga Undercrown Gran Toro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, March 14, 2012
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Drew Estate Liga Undercrown Gran Toro Cigar Review

This 6×52 cigar features a very dark brown, oily slightly toothy firm wrapper with a couple small veins, tight seams, double cap and rich chocolate tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, thin but flavorful medium-full bodied smoke with notes of a creamy peppery earth and tobacco with a long zingy finish. The first third changes things up, going to a smooth creamy sweet bread, with an almost soft candy like quality. Smoke is thin but plentiful, especially between draws. Body is medium at most and the finish short and clean. 45 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, the ash has dropped twice, construction is perfect with a razor sharp burn and perfect draw. Flavors remain unchanged delivering the exact same experience to this point. By 55 minutes in I started getting quite a head rush, proving this stick had quite a strength kick, more so than the body. Ending at 1:20 the last third dropped a bit of the sweetness going to a deeper earth and tobacco combo with a bit of a parched finish, not adding more than the slight bump in strength. Thank you very much to viewer Kris McKinney for sending this in for review!

  • Bill O

    Wow great review Bryan! Your articulate discription of the stick was very impressive. Thanks again!

  • JJO

    Nice review of one of my favorites. This stick is a smoke bomb, but the construction and flavors are great.

  • kdmckin

    I never realy thought about the sweet bread flavor, i’m going to light another up today and see if I can get that.

  • Geoff

    Great review Bryan! Have on in my humidor that I received in a trade a few weeks ago. After watching this, I will be firing it up this weekend!

  • What you didn’t get any wood flavor?

  • HappyTaro

    Had this a couple of weeks ago (recommended by the local tobacconist I frequent). I enjoyed it, tastey & aromatic. Thanks 4 the review!

  • MaxDuo

    Tried this tonight, was very good! I got a little over an hour and a half out of it, was surprised. You really weren’t kidding about the endless smoke though. I was smoking next to a fire and I swear this cigar was letting off more than the fire.

    • MaxDuo

      Er, and I mean even if I took a minute between draws it would still be smoking more than the fire too. Nuts.

      But good cigar all the way through.

  • Brian

    U gonna review the t52?

  • playersrun1

    i have an Undercrown sitting in the humi, which i cant wait to try. sounds like these are well-liked all around.

    • kb9311

      I also have one waiting in the humidor, I think tomorrow may be the day, these cigar are well hyped so I hope it lives up to it!

  • D-BO

    GREAT REVIEW… JUST GOT A 5 PACK RESTING IN MY HUMIDOR CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THEM WANT 2 SEE IF THE HYPE IS REAL

  • gumby_130

    One of the top cigars I ever smoked. Drew estates got a good thing going with this.

  • superdutyal

    Great review .. this is one of my top 5 cigars .

  • Magicshark13

    Just had that cigar two nights a go and I loved it .. Was able to sit back after my game and enjoy this awesome cigar! Thanks for the review!!

  • Brandonsr81

    This stick is one of my new favorite smokes. I love the Liga lines.

  • RobinsonV

    Just had me one and it was good but I think I prefer the number 9

    • JJO

      True, but DE doesn’t consider this to be part of the Liga lines, thus Undercrown without any Liga Privada references. It was created for the rollers who were smoking up too much of the Liga stock. Still a great stick, especially for the price. In fact, I’m smoking a Viva right now, but saving my one remaining Liga Privada No. 9.

  • garlar10

    Had one of these guys tonight and I really enjoyed it. Not much change in flavor throughout and really noticed the strength pick up in the final 1/3. This was the first Drew Estates cigar that I have tried and now I am pretty excited to try the Liga Series too. I also heard the stories of how this cigar was created by the cigar rollers… I wonder how much of that is true and how much is just clever marketing?

    • JJO

      As far as I know, it’s true. JD refernced it in an interview.

  • PAG

    One of my favorites, but I really love their Corona Viva size. I always keep a few in the humidor.

  • LunchBox87km

    Just had one if these the other day an it is now one of my top 5 cigars. I loved it so much i had to go back the next day and buy a few more along with another one of my favorites.

  • Greg Bellante

    Hmmm Cigar.com just had a special on these with a Drew Estate Liga UnderCrown ball cap tossed in with the purchase , after this review I’m sorry i didn’t purchase it.

  • people send him this stick in corona viva and belicoso sizes

  • MarkInMemphis

    I got a Corona Doble (when JD was in town a few weeks ago at my local B&M) and decided to try it today. I always like to watch your reviews as I smoke to see if I taste the same flavors you do. As usual you nailed it and I have a new fave. Thanks Bryan!

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