Liga Undercrown Maduro Robusto: Impressive smoke from an underwhelming cigar
One thing that you cannot say about Drew Estate cigars is that they are all the same. I have had a number of their cigars since 2020 and every one of them has been different. I bought the Liga Undercrown on the recommendation of a friend and having seen and heard a lot of buzz about this line of cigars. I chose the maduro over shade as I have tended to prefer darker wrappers more to my preference than the lighter ones. I will just say that since buying the Liga Undercrown Maduro, I have become a lot more open to claro wrappers.
Out of my humidor, the cigar looked elegant and regal yet somehow understated. This perfectly represented the idea behind this line of cigars, celebrating those behind the scenes who quietly blend and roll the cigars. The aromas as I slid the cigar out of its cellophane I has hit by beautiful aromas of marshmallow, toffee, chocolate and pecan. These carried through into the cold draw and I was excited to light up and see what delights awaited me.
The nutty notes really came into their own with the first draws I took on the cigar. What had been a sweet pecan on the nose, became a oak-toasted walnut dipped in milk chocolate when it hit my tongue. The rich, smoothness of the flavour enticed me to savour each mouthful and roll the light and creamy smoke around before watching the ribbons spiral around the room. There was a slight mintiness to smoke which added an extra dimension to the first third of the Liga Undercrown.
By the time I reached the end of the first third, I had a lovely stack of white ash with a lovely even line separating it from the remainder of the cigar. It wasn’t until I tapped this off that I noticed that the cigar had started to tunnel. Rather than having a nice cone of filler extending from the foot of the Liga Undercrown, I had the inverse with the centre of the cigar sitting nearly a centimetre in from the wrapper. Alas this wasn’t the only time that I experienced tunneling and this did somewhat reduce my enjoyment of the cigar.
Having corrected the first tunneling issue I poured myself a glass of Honduran rum and sat back to enjoy the rest of the cigar. The rum was a beautiful tipple to pair with the Liga Undercrown as it brought out some really rich liquorice notes out. The smoke continued to be voluminous and hypnotic but once again I was plagued with tunneling issues. Once again I corrected the burn issue and carried on through to the final third.
I have to be honest and say that by this stage of the cigar I was beginning to loose interest in the cigar and the conversation was much more stimulating. I did note that the flavour did change one final time to one of a pine bonfire, but other than that the Liga Undercrown was rather lack lustre. That being said, I did smoke it right to the nub, but this was more through habit than true enjoyment. Perhaps this is a cigar that I need to revisit some time.
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Liga Undercrown Maduro Robusto Cigar Details
- Vitola: Robusto
- Length: 5″
- Ring Gauge: 54
- Smoke Time: 2h 50
- Source: Paul Bugge
- Origin: Nicaraguan
- Binder: Connecticut
- Filler: Brazilian, Nicaraguan
- Wrapper: San Andres Negro
Liga Undercrown Maduro Robusto Review Summary
I think that there is a Drew Estate cigar out there for everyone, but I have still yet to find mine. I would smoke this again, but if I had the option, I’d try something different.
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