During my recent jaunt to San Diego, I stopped by Captain Hunt Tobacconist, a tiny but astonishingly well-stocked cigar shop in the Seaport Village shopping district downtown on the Bay. After poking around for a bit, I settled on something new: an Undercrown Corona Doble, a 7×54 maduro.
I enjoyed the cigar on the outdoor patio at the smoke shop. Despite being located in the middle of a tourist-heavy pedestrian district, there were more than a dozen regulars seated outside the shop — feeding the pigeons, talking about the Navy, chatting up employees of nearby establishments. Good cigar culture, there.
The Undercrown didn’t disappoint. A medium-to-full blend of various tobaccos, it presented well with a chocolate-brown wrapper, earthy initial aroma and elegant band. The cigar lit cleanly and burned evenly throughout, with no construction problems and remarkably little variation through the thirds.
Because I had grabbed a fruity slushee before stumbling across Captain Hunt, I had no choice but to enjoy this cigar with frozen fruit punch — a combination that affected my sense of the cigar’s flavor. That said, the cigar was neither bland nor overwhelming, but it was subtle enough that it proved difficult to pull out any clearly identifiable tastes.
With a reasonable price point, solid construction and a robust, subtle flavor, the Undercrown performed well. Final verdict reserved, however, for after I can enjoy it with a less contradictory beverage.