Brand: Drew Estate Country: Nicaragua
Size: Gran Toro 6 x 52 Wrapper: San Andres
Price: $7.95 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
I’ll come right out and say it: the Undercrown has my favorite label. It’s simple and somehow mysterious. Why a lion? Did you ever notice the crown under the lion? It’s an under-crown. Yah, so I am rambling about the label. It’s pretty slick. But what about the cigar? Well, the cigar is definitely something special. I am trying to be careful to give this a balanced review. There is a lot of hype surrounding the Undercrown and my mission is to determine whether the hype is justified. Mission: Accomplished. Answer: The hype is justified.
We had so much fun trying various soda pairings, we couldn’t help but do the experiment again with beer. There are way too many beer varieties for one smoke session, so we chose six beers that represented a wide array of flavors and styles. We tried to go from lightest to darkest but forgot about the Dundee Pilsner so we went lightest to darker to lighter to darkest. It all worked out in the end.
Some general notes about the process: There are two of us, so in the time it took to smoke these Gran Toro Undercrowns, we each had about three beers. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but it was enough to…make things interesting. Despite the fact that he is a giant, Nick is quite the lightweight. Full disclosure, Nick got drunk. You cannot rely on his reviews of the pairings that came towards the end of the test. You can rely on Chris (the other Cigar Nub) for those.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the Undercrown, know that it is a medium bodied smoke with creamy, delicious flavors. Our full review of the stick will be up in the coming days. Now, on to the pairings…