Thursday, April 3, 2014

Undercrown Dogma from Drew Estate

What happens when Drew Estate and Cigar Dojo team up? Something great, the Undercrown Dogma!

After visiting the Smoke Inn website I came away with the understanding that Dogma, is a term describing a belief or set of beliefs that is accepted by the members of a group without being questioned or doubted. Cigar Dojo’s dogma? "Never Smoke Alone."

Drew Estate's collaboration with Cigar Dojo resulted in a new Undercrown that has been re-shaped, re-banded, and re-blended with added ligero leafs for a fuller bodied experiance and a box-pressed shape to better marry the flavors together.

You know it's always the story for me, but today this one is actually on me. I have six regular Undercrowns sitting in my humidor and they have been there for over two months. Why haven't I smoked one yet? I don't really have a good answer, but perhaps since I have heard how good the Undercrown is I have been waiting for the weather to warm so I can enjoy the entire experience. Well with the Undercrown Dogma the wait is over. Did I like it? Let's get on to the details and find out...

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size:  6 x 56 Dogma box-pressed
  • Wrapper:  Mexican San Andreas
  • Binder: Connecticut Stalk-Cut Habano
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Nicaraguan & Brazilian Mata Fina
  • Cutting Method: Xikar guillotine
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi - auto drip coffee
  • Price: $9.50 single or $99.50 per 10 pack. Only available from Smoke Inn
Undercrown Dogma from Drew Estate
Once the Undercrown Dogma was free from the cellophane, the first thought that crossed my mind was just one single word: impressive. The steel blue, and gold dual bands really stand out against the box-pressed shape and the dark, oily, Mexican San Andreas wrapper. The wrapper itself would appear seamless if it were not so stout and toothy and surprisingly, the stout wrapper contained only the smallest of veins adding to the cigars visual appeal.

Checking the foot for aromas there were notes of toast and cocoa to the nose. Testing the firm, but free, cold draw the same notes of cocoa and toast were present. Feeling down the body, the cigar was firmly packed with no hard or soft spots to be found.

Toasting the foot with my single flame lighter, the cigar was quickly burning and rewarded me with an ample mouthful of sweet, nutty, espresso flavored, mouthwatering, full bodied smoke.  As the burn progressed I found flavors notes of cocoa, brown sugar, sweet cream, oak, coffee, earth, tree fruit, vanilla and even a dash or two of black pepper. The wrapper left a lingering sweetness on my lips and the smoke left a fruity aftertaste on my palate. In my review notes I called the aftertaste "unreal," it was that good. I found the Undercrown Dogma to have a complex flavor mix since nearly each puff the flavor seamed to change until the final third. In the final third my favorite flavor mix of "burnt mocha" developed with an underlying hint of sweet fruit, ending  my 60 minute smoking experience with a long, satisfying finish.

Burn wise, as the burn progressed up the cigar, it was a bit wavy until the mid point and it left behind a firm light gray ash that held until the 1/3 mark. The burn never wandered enough to need correction and it self corrected by the mid point. A nice oil line developed above the burn line and by the final third the wrapper had a deep oily sheen.

Overall all, I thought this cigar was fantastic. It had great visual appeal, great construction, good burn and a superior flavor mix. If you get a chance to smoke this cigar, I say, don't pass it up!

I would like to than Drew Estate for providing this sample for review! Thank you!

Rated: 95