Brand: Drew Estate Country: Nicaragua
Size: Belicoso Oscuro 6 x 52 Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Price: $13.00 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
I feel like a broken record. Drew Estate: Your cigars are sexy. The black and grey label on the dark brown Connecticut broadleaf looks incredible. In fact, everything about the look and feel of this cigar is appealing. I wonder, though, whose handwriting is on the label?
What We Liked:
I don’t know…everything? This cigar was made for me. The highlights include a sweet and delicious creaminess with unparalleled smoke production. This thing produces more smoke than… something that produces a ton of smoke. If this were like 8 years ago I might try to make a LOST smoke monster reference. Oh snap, I just did.
There is something special about the construction of these cigars. The wrapper looks smooth and flawless and there is just the right amount of weight to the cigar. It feels great in my hands.
On top of the superficial things, like smoke production and construction, the Liga 9 also delivers in the flavor department. The taste is sweet with very little spice. There is a creamy perfection that rounds out all of the flavors that I find in all of the Liga Privada cigars. If I had to pick a flavor besides a generic sweetness, I might say there is cocoa with some nuttiness. I have a hard time really isolating specific flavors in these cigars. It just leaves an overall impression of sweetness without being very specific.
What We Didn’t Like:
Similar to the Liga Privada T52, the only problem with the No.9 is that he has more delicious siblings in the Feral Flying Pig and Dirty Rat. I find it difficult not to think about them while smoking. It sorta feels like you are cheating on your girlfriend. Yeah, she’s pretty, but her sister is hotter and maybe, just maybe, you could be smoking her instead.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Hell yes. While it may not be quite as excellent as the Feral and Rat, the No. 9 has something neither of those have; availability. When I walk into the local B&M, there are always plenty of Liga Privada No.9. Flying Pigs and Dirty Rats? Not so much. Because of that, the No.9 will be my “goto” Liga Privada for the foreseeable future and it may be yours as well. Give it a shot!
Interested in trying the Liga Privada No. 9? A Test Flight can be purchased here.