Released at the 2016 IPCPR, Drew Estate added their famous Flying Pig size to the Undercrown Shade line. This is the sixth Flying Pig release from Drew Estate following the Flying Pigs from Liga Privada No. 9, T52, Kentucky Fired Cured, Feral and Undercrown. The Flying Pig is a very unique small perfecto size with a pigtail cap. They are released in boxes of 12 and have the same blend as the regular Shades.
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
- Binder: Sumatra
- Filler: Dominican Criollo ’98, Criollo and Corojo from Nicaragua
- MSRP: $12.88/$138.95 per box of 12 available from Serious Cigars
The wrapper is very smooth with a light brown, leathery appearance. The pigtail cap is nicely rolled on top the cigar. On most pigtail caps, you can twist them off without needing to cut them to smoke, but I figured I would want more of opening to get good airflow so I cut the cap. The cold draw flavors are toasty with a honey graham cracker sweetness and hay.
For the first half, I’m getting notes of cedar, pepper and a slightly creaminess, but the core note is the honey graham cracker note. I love that note so I’m really enjoying it. The problem is that you can’t smoke this cigar too fast because it’s quite easy to get too hot. The burn is really crooked, but, honestly, I’ve never has one of these burn right. It’s nothing major, but something to keep in mind. Its medium bodied at this point.
The second half has a lot more of the woody cedar note than the first half. The pepper note is a little stronger too, but the honey graham cracker has faded to the background. The sweetness has subsided quite a bit as well. The strength has picked up some to more medium-full.
While I think its a good cigar, I prefer the Gran Toro over this one, which is my go to size for the Shade. This one is less sweet and creamy the the regular vitolas which I what I prefer. This is more woody and has more of a pepper kick, so if you like more spice, then check this one out.