A third blend is coming to the Drew Estate’s Undercrown Brand – and this one introduces a blend with a Sun Grown wrapper. At this year’s 2017 IPCPR Trade Show opening July 11th in Las Vegas, the Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown will make its debut.
Perhaps what is most interesting is the use of the Ecuadorian Sumatra seed Sun Grown wrapper. This is the first major traditional premium hand release by Drew Estate to use this wrapper (Sumatra has been used on its infused cigars).
The blend also features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut/Cured Sun Grown Habano and what is described as a “powerhouse” blend of Nicaraguan fillers. The company says that one leaf of extensively aged Ligero from the Nueva Segovia region along the border of Honduras has been used to enhance the strength of the blend. The cigars will be available in seven sizes with one of the sizes being Drew Estate’s signature Flying Pig size.
The Undercrown brand was launched in 2011 with the original Undercrown Maduro. This cigar features a San Andres Maduro wrapper and incorporated alternative primings from the same tobaccos used in Liga Privada. In 2015, the Undercrown Shade, a Connecticut Shade cigar was blended by Drew Estate Master Blender Willy Herrera in collaboration with the Undercrown Maduro team.
“Returning to Drew Estate as the Fourth President is immensely inspiring and satisfying. The collaborative consortium of creative talent at every level is our core competency. Challenging Willy Herrera and the Undercrown Blending Team to create the new expression after finally securing Sun Grown Tobacco is extremely exciting, as we have tried to secure this Sumatra Ecuador tobacco for over 15 years. The new Sun Grown continues the legacy of ‘Blended on the Factory Floor'” commented Drew Estate President Jonathan Drew.
Willy Herrera, Master Blender of Drew Estate, added, “The people of Estelí, Nicaragua opened their hearts to me and my family ever since I joined Drew Estate. Creating cigars from the ground up with the Undercrown Blending Team challenges my comfort zone and pushes the company to more impactful blends.”
At a glance, here is a look at the Undercrown Sun Grown:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra-Seed Sun Grown
Binder: Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut/Cured Sun Grown Habano
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate)
Each of the sizes is available in 25-count boxes, except for the Flying Pig which is in 12-count boxes. Pricing is per cigar based on the SRP Box Price.
Corona: 5 5/8 x 46 (SRP $8.20/cigar $205.00/box)
Robusto: 5 x 54 (SRP $8.48/cigar, $212.00/box)
Gran Toro: 6 x 52 (SRP $9.00/cigar, $225.00/box)
Belicoso: 6 x 52 (SRP $9.84/cigar, $246.00/box)
Gordito: 6 x 60 (SRP $11.20/cigar, $280.00/box)
Corona Doble : 7 x 54 (SRP $10.38/cigar, $259.50/box)
Flying Pig: 3 15/16 x 60 (SRP $12.72/cigar, $152.64/box)
Photo Credits: Drew Estate