General Observations: This cigar looks stronger than it is, but don’t let that gorgeous Maduro wrapper fool you. If you’re used to the more robust Liga Privada No.9 and T52 cigars, by comparison, the Liga Undercrown Gran Toro is surprisingly mellow and much sweeter overall. The balance of flavors was perfect. Not as complex as the full-bodied Liga Privadas, but there’s a lot more going on here than you might suspect. As the burn crossed over into the second half of the cigar the flavors intensified slightly and some sweet-spicy notes crept in. There wasn’t a bitter note to be found in this cigar.
Summary: Even with all the hype I’ve heard about this cigar, it still exceeded my expectations; in my opinion it’s one of the best cigars I’ve smoked all year. Another great job by the Drew Estate team with compliments to their torcedors, who originally created this blend for themselves.
The flavors caramelize beautifully as the cigar burns. Moreover, the flavor, burn, ash, aroma were phenomenally consistent. This cigar was so delicious I smoked it as far down as I could handle it; even at that last 1/2 inch, the smoke was still smooth and flavorful. You can tell that a lot of love went into making this edition. It paired well with the vodka and bitter lemon, though I would also like to pair one up with a good Tawny Port. If I had to sum up this cigar in a word, it would be “flawless.”
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