Reviews Of The Undercrown Flying Pig Cigar By Drew EstateThe Undercrown Flying Pig is a cigar many aficionados have been waiting for.  Known for its fat and short perfecto cigars, Drew Estate now offers the vaunted Undercrown line. For several years, Drew Estate has unveiled its unique perfectos in a number of other lines and always as an extremely limited release. It’s much the same this time around, as this smoke will be difficult to find even for the aficionados who make an effort to look. Drew Estate has stated that most retailers will only get a box or two, so anyone who is interested will need to act quickly.

The stick’s wrapper is a San Andreas Mexican, and the binder is a Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano. The fillers consist of Nicaraguan and Bazilian Mata Fina tobaccos. The Undercrown Flying Pig is available in a number of vitolas, and these are why the cigar stands out. The iconic size is a 3 15/16 x 60, which makes the cigar look like a tiny bazooka. Other vitolas include a Robusto (5 x 54), Gordito (6 x 60), Gran Toro (6 x 52), Belicoso (6 x 52) and the Corona Double (7 x 54). The stick, obviously, has a unique appearance, with a smooth, medium brown appearance. It has a pigtail cap and is full to the brim. The band is blue and gold and emblazoned with a Liga Privada Lion. The pre-light notes include wood, earth and a little sweetness. 

The first-third starts off with a nice sweet and savory mix. The savory provided by some punchy black pepper and the sweet derived from citrus and cherry flavors. The pepper is just enough to make its presence felt on the retrohale and the tongue, but not so powerful that it overpowers the profile. Like other cigars in the line, the citrus and cherry flavors eventually meld into a syrup like flavor. 

The middle third develops the flavors in a number of ways, greatly adding to the smoke’s complexity. The pepper remains strong through this part of the stick, though it’s more of a secondary note at this point. The wood notes first detected on the pre-light draw are also present, and fade in and out. The sweetness changes quite a bit, becoming smoother and adding a creaminess to the cigar’s feel. Aficionados also noted that it tastes more like dried fruit in the second-third.

The final third of the Undercrown Flying Pig maintains the same characteristics found in the second-third, with a subtle, delicate balance between spice and sweet. The stick finishes gracefully and leaves a firm, cool nub.

Though the smoke is full-bodied, it is only around medium in strength, so it offers much more flavor than power. Drew Estate also placed a major emphasis on construction with this one, providing a near perfect burn and draw. Some reviewers were able to create a sizeable ash that is sure to impress. In all, it’s extremely limited release and memorable profile should make it a primary target for aficionados around the world.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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