|Undercrown Gran Toro|
The Gran Toro vitola is your standard toro, and measures 6" with a 52 ring gauge. Every one of the cigars I smoked had beautiful caps to them, and the cigars wrapper were dark and smooth. Firm in hand, the cigar does not have an oily wrapper, but there are very few veins present throughout the cigar. It is almost as if there are no veins present, and has the coloring is almost Obsidian to the eye. It is definitely Oscuro in coloring, and just gorgeous to look at. These cigars are just packed with great tobacco, and so well rolled that you can tell the amount of time put in to them. The cigar has wonderful aromas of leather, rich earth and coffee at the foot, and the wrapper also shows some cocoa notes with those flavors. One cool thing about these cigars is the band of the cigar. I love the Undercrown band! I think it is one of the coolest bands on cigars right now.
|The beautiful San Andreas Otapan Negro Ultimo Corte wrapper.|
When I get into the second third of the cigar, I am finding the flavors to still be very similar to that of the first third and the smoke to be kicking ass. No matter what these cigars are incredibly consistent in terms of construction, and with every one I get a beautiful burn line, a solid ash, and a great draw. This cigar has all those great qualities, and I love all the smoke the cigar is producing. There is a lot of rich cream notes in this third, and the coffee beans have become more like espresso beans. I am still picking up some nice cocoa notes with the cigar, and there is a finish of cinnamon, anise and wood. The flavors have been so great in this third, and the whole cigar. The strength is still at a solid medium level for me, and I think any smoker could enjoy this cigar.
The cigar is finishing up soon, and I wish this final third was the first. Throughout this whole smoke the cigar has performed excellently, and there are very few issues I have encountered. The flavors have been very enjoyable, the cigar has performed wonderfully, and overall it has left me wanting to smoke another cigar. The flavors of cream, coffee and cocoa have been very enjoyable in this third, and I have even picked up a bit of stone fruit as well. The stone fruit notes are really that of dark cherries and hints of dates, and very enjoyable. There is a finish of wood and spice to the cigar, and it is finishing right up my alley. As I smoke the cigar down to the nub the draw is still cool and lush, and the burn line still razor sharp. I am left with a very small nub of the cigar, and a nice grouping of solid white ashes in the tray.
Though the cigar did not make it into my Top 25 list as of last year, I must say that this cigar has been nothing but enjoyable, stick after stick. I personally find the cigar to be the best of all that Drew Estate has made, and what a great release it was for them in 2011. The cigar has allowed them to be a part of the non-infused cigar market, and to be readily available. Yes the cigar is going to move very fast, as to be expected, but unlike the Liga Privada line, it will be back in stock fairly quick. I give this cigar a 92, and find it to be just as great as the Belicoso vitola. Each and every size in the line I have smoked has performed wonderfully, and produced a great amount of flavor. If you are looking for a better San Andreas seed Mexican wrapper, you will struggle, and with all the other great tobacco in this cigar you will not be disappointed one bit.
|Burn line in the first third. Yeah, I cut my finger.|