Here’s the situation:  homemade iced coffee from Twin Engine Coffee, Amos Lee Radio on Pandora, this beautiful Shade from Drew Estate’s Undercrown series, and a small pour of Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

Smoked one of these the other day at my favorite local hangout, Governor’s Cigar & Pipe, and it was an interesting experience to say the least!  Enjoyed it with Friday and Clinton, and when you + 2 can’t come to a conclusion on how to describe it, you know it’s a cigar you need to take home and burn a couple more  times.

Undercrown Shade Governors

Background:  Friday feels coconut husks from the Shade.  Clinton draws cedary goodness and possibly something like toasted bread.  Me?  I’m getting an early morning walk in the woods – and that’s about as sure as I could get on my first smoke.  I’m not a huge fan of connecticut wrappers in general, but this cigar made me think I could get into it.  Around the halfway mark I tasted a distinctly grassy note – enjoyable, but I was solo on that account.  Curious to see what the Undercrown Shade brings today.

Today’s prelight:  a little sweetness, a little pepper, and the barest whisper of something deeper.  Opted for the trusty punch cut again.

Undercrown Shade Cut

Initial puffs:  lots of smoke, pepper on the retrohale, yet more earthy than woodsy this time around.

The earthy experience is starting to mellow out, and I’m about to try it with some Laphroaig .  I think the buttery, smokey flavors would compliment this cigar nicely.

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Right about now I’m detecting the occasional cedar when drinking the coffee & cream, and an oaky note when drinking it black.  Still haven’t ran into any coconut husks, but I’m on the lookout!

Undercrown Shade Ash2


Just had my first ash mishap, user error, and the grass is back!  The lawn tastes I’m speaking of are slightly reminiscent of the CroMagnon Fomorian, but in a sweeter finish.  I’m really enjoying it, and the pepper is coming through stronger as it continues to burn.

Undercrown Shade Ash1

Undercrown Shade and Laphroaig?  That’s the magic!  Buttery, creamy, cedary goodness comes out of the Shade emphatically with this pairing.

Undercrown Shade and Laphroaig

Alternating between earthy and woodsy, with the occasional grassy sweetness, this Undercrown Shade is really working for me.  Traditionally, I’ve always assumed Connecticut wrappers to be a morning smoke.  This Undercrown Shade is making me reconsider my assumptions.  Mild-medium bodied, medium strength, great experience.

Undercrown Shade Ash4

About an inch from the wrapper, and a sharp, nutty finish is dominating the experience.

Now that I’ve peeled the wrapper off, earth and nuts are about all that’s left.  It’s mellowing out again, the pepper’s said sayonara, and it’s still chugging along without turning bitter on me.  Heat?  Only an issue on the last 2 inches or so.

Undercrown Shade Ash3

A walk in the woods, from earth, to grass, to cedar, to oak, that’s what the Undercrown shade brings to mind for this guy.  What about you?

Undercrown Shade Review
9 Reviewer
8.7 Cigar Noise Network (5 votes)

Long lasting

Mild without being boring


Draw could be better

A medium draw, lots of smoke, and endurance like Lance Armstrong characterizes this neat addition to the Undercrown family. Earth, nuts, cedar, and grassy sweetness make this a winner in my book.
What Other Folks Are Saying: 5 Make some Noise
Great Smoke
Great smoke. One of my favorite medium bodied smokes. Not a ton of flavor, compared to what I usually smoke, but still a great buy.
December 18, 2016, 6:31 pm
Ome of my favorites!
Outstanding. One of my go-to smokes.
March 29, 2016, 3:05 pm
Top notch morning cigar!
Right away there’s a creamy leather, cedar and white pepper with a spice on the tongue. Soon enough a very light chocolate comes in, and by the second third I am getting a rich vanilla in the smoke and retrohale. Halfway through the cigar a nice hay comes in to replace the leather, I don’t often like Connecticut cigars, but this is the second Shade I’ve had, and this is the one I’d pull out each time. A very good cigar in its own right.
January 20, 2016, 8:31 pm
DE - Undercrown Shade
I have to start off by stating my favoritism to Drew Estate and that I was excited for the release of this stick. I picked up a couple of these in high hopes, I have smoked one of the two and at this time, was not greatly impressed. Most likely this was from not being a fan of the lighter Connecticut wrapper. I like it but not sold on it, and probably only like it as much as I do because it is DE.
November 28, 2015, 2:21 am
Great Smoke!
Loved your review. I got the "grassy" notes throughout. Loved the creaminess of this stick. Pepper w a slight spice as well was really nice! Overall a great smoke by Drew Estate and would smoke again!
September 27, 2015, 5:32 pm
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