“Hecho Excluvisamente Pare El Jefe” is what you will read if you look close enough at the Liga Privada No. 9’s band. Originally blended as the personal cigar of Drew Estate’s President Steve Saka, the Liga Privada No. 9 has now found a home in cigar enthusiasts humidors.
Company: Drew Estate
Made in: Esteli, Nicaragua
Made by: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate S.A.
Size: 6″ (152 mm) x 52
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf #1
Filler: Nicaraguan (Seven farm blend)
Before I get into the details, I must first comment that I personally feel like this is a beautiful and rugged cigar. The veiny dark chocolate oscuro wrappers is oily and toothy to the touch. There were no firm or soft spots in any of the samples I smoked for the purpose of this review. I snipped the cap with my Palio cutter and took a couple easy pre-light draws. A woody and leathery flavor dominated the pre-light taste and the aroma of the cigar reminded me of spanish cedar.
I set fire to the samples with my Xikar Executive torch and took my initial puffs on the cigar that yielded a full on assault of flavors. I noticed flavor components such as wood, dark roasted coffee, nuts and hints of leather. The cigars all had near perfect draws and produced a lot of thick white smoke. The ash was stone white and seems to be strong not flaky.
As I made my way through the cigar I began to notice a slight black pepper spice while retrohaling the cigar. I was still able to taste the previously mentioned flavor components, however, the nutty and woody notes in the cigar really jumped out to be the dominating flavors. The first ash fell off approximately 1 1/2 inches in but the ash is still not flaky.
The final third of this cigar didn’t bring any surprises. The nuttiness remained upfront while the dark roasted coffee flavors increased. The smoke was creamy and coated my mouth. The burn line was not razor straight, however I never experienced any tunneling or canoeing in the burn. These cigars were exceptionally crafted by Drew Estate’s top torcedors, and the proof is in the smoke. I smoked these cigars down to the nub, and found every puff to be enjoyable.
I have to be completely honest about the Liga Privada No.9, it is one of my top three cigars, if not my favorite. I’ve smoked my way through about 2 boxes in the past year, and look forward to buying more. The cigar is medium to full-bodied and always leaves me feeling relaxed and fulfilled after smoking. The burn, while not razor straight, never required touch ups and the ash didn’t leave a mess on the front of my shirt. The flavors are rich and complex, the room aroma is intoxicating and the smoke floated wispily through the room like a spirit. I would recommend this cigar as a must try for any cigar enthusiast. Although the cigar is medium to full-bodied, it’s not harsh on the palette. If you are interested in trying this cigar please visit Drew Estate’s website to find an appointed merchant near you.