Brand: Drew Estate Country: Nicaragua
Size: 5 x 44 Wrapper: Habano
The Label Factor:
I don’t think anybody can argue with the excellence of Liga Privada labels. From the awesome lion on the back, to the simplicity of the text on the front, this label simply gets everything right. Too often cigar labels are gaudy to try and grab consumers’ attention. The Dirty Rat represents the antithesis of that design methodology and it is marvelous.
What We Liked:
It’s hard not to get overly excited about the Liga Privada line of cigars. They are some of the best cigars out there and these limited releases add a layer of exclusivity that makes them even more desirable. My heart skipped a beat when I visited my local cigar shop and saw these Dirty Rats sitting on the shelf. The question was not should I buy it but, how many should I buy?
From the first puff, I was surprised by the Dirty Rat. It was far spicier than I anticipated but not in a harsh, horrible way as can often be the case. What surprised me even more was when the spiciness subsided after half an inch and creaminess crept in. The spice takes a back seat at this point and does a very nice job complimenting the cream and adding an additional layer of complexity. At about the halfway point, the spice subsided almost completely and made room for a subtle cocoa taste that blew me away. Where many cigars tend to get more powerful towards the end, the Liga Privada Dirty Rat really mellowed out and led to one of the most satisfying finishes I have ever smoked.
I love the size of the Dirty Rat. I typically tend to smoke with my friend, and co-writer, Nick. On this day, I was smoking solo. For this, the Dirty Rat was ideal. With the smaller 5×44 size, you will have no issue smoking through this guy in 45 minutes to an hour. If you try to smoke it faster, you may die. Seriously, for being such a little guy, he packs a serious punch. I don’t get lightheaded from cigars but the Dirty Rat made me question my manhood.
For being such a tiny stick, the Dirty Rat produces an absolutely ridiculous amount of smoke. I have found this to be the hallmark of most of the Liga line. This is the kind of cigar that you use to practice blowing smoke rings or smoke pirate ships. I loved it.
What We Didn’t Like:
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Joking aside, there was really only one thing that bothered me when I got done smoking the Dirty Rat: knowing that there is no way I can obtain these on a consistent basis. While my local store almost always has the T52 and No.9 Liga Privada in stock, this is the first time I have seen these appear. I hope it isn’t the last.
Should You Buy/Try It:
Oh mother of god yes. However, this could be a tough sell for many people. For the asking price, you are getting a small cigar with a short smoking time. For the same price or even less, you could be smoking a full size Liga Privada T52/No.9. These are first world problems and they are good to have. If you are a fan of the Liga Privada line, then you will undoubtedly love this cigar.