Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Corona Review
Specs and First Impressions:
- Corona – 5 5/8 x 46
- Beautiful Connecticut wrapper
- Hidden seams
- Pre-light barnyard smell at the foot
- Slightly spongy barrel
- Perfect draw (yay!)
Surprised by 6 out of 10 pepper on the retrohale in first half inch! Connecticut?? Subsided shortly thereafter. Ash dropped off at the end of the first third.
Throughout the second third, still some intermittent pepper, especially on the retrohale. A nice sweetness developed here. Oil on my tongue but especially on the lips. Not very much smoke coming off the foot, alas. Cigar is burning very coolly with only the occasional wave at the burn line, so very good construction – as you’d expect from a Drew Estate cigar product.
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Slight tingle on the lips, two inches from the finish. No pepper tingle in the throat, so a good morning choice. However, pairing with coffee can overpower the cigar flavors, which I really wish I had the palate to describe. All I can say is, it’s about halfway between mild and medium in flavor and solidly mild in strength, which I prefer for the first cigar of the day.
With an inch and a half left, a light pepper returns on retrohale. Still waiting for that “Aha!” moment when I can identify my first describable flavor, like coffee or cocoa or vanilla, etc. Practice, practice, practice! 😃
Starting to warm up too much with slightly over an inch left. I’ve no interest in finishing it with hot lips, so setting it down. Nicely mild to low-medium in body. Only a slight tingle on the lips, so about the same in strength. I won’t be tasting it in my mouth all afternoon, which works okay (for me) for the first smoke of the day.
My cigar was more flavorful than an average Connecticut cigar with more strength. Feeling the slightest tongue-tingle now that it’s done. Oil on the lips and a pleasant, mild aftertaste.
Recommended for those who can appreciate a lighter smoke, but if you have moved past mild cigars, I’d probably skip it. It was not fantastically fragrant, owing to minimal smoke coming off the foot (which i missed), but it was enjoyable enough. Solid construction requiring only a touch-up here and there to even it out, but most smokers probably wouldn’t need to bother with that. No canoeing or anything, even though I scorched about an inch on one side by mistakenly selecting a triple-jet lighter. I dodged a bullet when it didn’t ignite.
I’d rate the Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Corona around 85 for a Connecticut and would probably smoke it again when I’m done trying the umtpy-ump bazillion others I’m looking forward to trying. I’ve been out of the hobby for so long that myriads of brands have piled up in the absence, to rave reviews. Yay!
Peace and Health, if you can swing it.