Cigar Aficionado

Undercrown Churchill
48 48
Tasting Note
Undercrown by Drew Estate first came onto the scene in 2011. It was supposed to serve as a surrogate smoke for the Liga Privada cigars, which are more expensive and in higher demand. The way the story goes, the rollers at the Drew Estate factory were smoking too many Liga Privadas, so they blended the Undercrown for themselves after they were told to stop depleting the Liga Privada inventory. They came up with a blend and Drew Estate commercially released it as Undercrown. Naturally, Undercrowns were immediately compared to Liga Privada, but the brand has been on the market long enough to stand on its own. This stately Churchill shows a strong oaky, leathery character finessed by hints of vanilla and a roasted coffee bean finish.
Body Medium-Full
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 48
Length 7"
Filler Brazil, Nicaragua
Binder U.S.A./Conn.
Wrapper Mexico
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2018
Price $9.44
Designation Top 25 of 2017 | Rank: 25
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2019 | Score: 88

An inky-black Churchill that smokes evenly, producing a fine ash. Heavy notes of earth and bitter cocoa are met with hints of coffee and licorice.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2017 | Score: 91

Notes of oaky vanilla, leather and cumin are all brought together by sweet spiciness and a coffee-like finish. The dark cigar exudes a notably sweet aroma as it burns.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale