It has been a while since I have been able to smoke a cigar for review as allergies this year have been particularly brutal for me in the Northeast (New York to be exact). From congestion to a cough to endless sneezing it has taken a toll on me. But this past week at an event for Drew Estate I managed to pick up a couple of Liga Privada #9 cigars to review.
These cigars have been sought out by me for a long time giving them almost an Opus X appeal to them in terms of difficulty of locating them. No local shops have them in stock and to be honest it is a bit upsetting. Drew Estate has long been a cigar I stood away from. The aromatic cigars such as the Acid do not work for me, but I did admire their construction and packaging so when I found out they produced a mainstream cigar I was dying to smoke them. However making them this difficult to track down I feel prohibits Drew Estate from escaping the profile of an aromatic cigar company. Or perhaps the exclusivity will help them. I never took a marketing class but as a consumer I would want them to be more available.
Cigar: Liga Privada #9 by Drew Estate
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua grown Cuban Seed
Pre-Smoke: This my friends is one quality rolled cigar right down to the triple cap. The dark maduro wrapper has some brindle effects to it, and is virtually without veins. This is one classy looking cigar that is packed with tobacco. In your hands the cigar has a nice weight to it and is very well balanced with no soft spots to think of. I would easily classify this as one of the 10 best rolled cigars I have ever had in my posession. The prelight ritual reveals notes of coffee and nuts. I felt like I was comitting a sin cutting my cigar because it is truly a masterpiece.
Smoke: The draw of the cigar was incredible. Not to loose, and not to tough. The burn line was true and it held on to its ash very well. The cigar offered some complexity to it and it was a pleasure to identify the notes on my palate. The 1st third offered notes of coffee and nuts that were joined by some chocolate that was at times a bitter chocolate in the 2nd third. A few times I thought I noticed some fruit like notes but they did not hang around long enough to identify. The final third of the cigar offered notes of leather and espresso mixed in with some remaining chocolate notes.
Overall: This is hands down one of the best cigars I have ever smoked. It was the perfect welcome back cigar from my hiatus during allergy season. I read somewhere that this cigar is limited in production to just 85,000 and I pray that is not so. For such a cigar to disappear after a limited run would be sad to see. To sum it up this cigar is simply incredible!.
Price: $10.50 Retail
[Edit: According to the local Drew Estate rep these are indeed a limited edition cigar as only the Corona Ligero leaf is used in making the cigar and until they can obtain enough wrapper to to meet demand it will remain a limited edition]