Master blender, Willy Herrera of Drew Estate challenged the rollers at the factory to create a satisfying high quality, yet affordable blend when the maker’s Liga Privada #9 became scarce to high demand. The result from the workers was the” blue collar” Undercrown series.
Undercrown Shade a balance of Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper enclosing Sumatran binder and Dominican Criollo 98’ and Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo long-fillers.
Mellower than the Liga Privada #9, Undercrown Shade Gran Toro is a well balanced, mild to medium- bodied blend with notes of spice, nuts, sweet cream and toast, with a slightly sweet finish. Cigar aficionados and beginners alike will savor the wonderful finish.
Just in time for the holidays, Ommegang and HBO® and brewer Ommegang have released their newest collaboration for the Game of Thrones® inspired beer. This year’s offering includes the rerelease of "Fire and Blood" and the new "Winter is Here" and a commemorative chalice. "Winter Is Here" is an 8.3 % ABV Belgian-style double white ale which has the ominous Night King on the label. I made the pairing of the white ale with an Undercrown Shade. The lighter ale with its' creamy head, and the milder Undercrown Shade Gran Toro worked together to balance the spicy nuances of both the beer and cigar. For the Game of Thrones® fan , beer enthusiast and cigar aficionado, the Ommegang gift set and a box of premium Undercrown Shade Gran Toro is a the perfect gift.