The Undercrown line has been around for a while now, but the Shade version didn't release until IPCPR 2015. And the Flying Pig vitola in the Shade, did not officially release until yesterday, July 21. I like the UC line, I have become a huge Connecticut fan the last couple years and the pig vitola is just awesome in my personal opinion. Then again, I love the more varied shapes.
Undercrown Shade Flying Pig by Drew Estate
Size: 3 15/16 x 60
Vitola: Flying Pig
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Dominican Criollo 98 and Nicaraguan Criollo & Corojo
Factory: Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, Esteli, Nicaragua
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Drew Estate Cigar Co.
Prelight: The wrapper has a spicy mix of hay, graham cracker and white pepper, with a rich, creamy marshmallow sweetness from the foot. The cold draw is mainly a dry cedar flavor, with some white pepper spice on the tongue.
Beginning: To start, the UC Shade Flying Pig is a bit different from most Connies. The normal creamy, sweetness isn’t there. Instead, it’s quite woody and toasty, with a pleasant white pepper spice. This pig produces a thick cloud of white smoke and a pretty solid ash. The burn starts a tad wavy, I’m sure from trying to light such a small foot, but it evens out nicely on it’s own. This is a medium strength cigar from the start, with a mild-medium body.
Middle: The profile ramps significantly to start out the second third. There are still a lot of toasty wood notes, but they are joined by a burnt sugar flavor now. Along with the white pepper, which has faded some here. The smoke just pours out of this cigar on the draw and the ash just continues to build. The body and strength are now at a solid medium here too. The main flavors are a nutty mix of burnt sugar, wood and pepper.
End: The ash held on solidly until the start of this third, where it finally let go. Not bad at all. It is in this this third that the Shade Flying Pig finally shows a few of the normal Connecticut notes. Just a small amount of burnt, toasty marshmallow notes show up, but they are underneath some heavy wood and light graham cracker flavors. The pepper notes have faded out, but the profile still has the dry profile from them. I found that I had to keep things slow here or else the cigar got hot and bitter. So, just something to note.
Final Thoughts: This is not the normal Connecticut and it definitely smokes different than the other vitolas in the Shade line. It has a much sharper profile than most creamy Connies and that's not a bad thing. I do prefer them on the creamy side, but enjoy a change. Construction was great, the burn was in line and the ash held for over half the cigar. Not a daily cigar for me at this price point, but I would like to keep a few on hand, as I do with the regular UC Flying Pig. and other Ligas.
Rating: 88 AKA "5-pack"