Brand: Drew Estate Country: Nicaragua
Size: 5.5 x 52 Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Dark Mediums
The Label Factor:
What do you say about a cigar band that hasn’t been said many times before? The UF-13, which stands for Único Fuerte, differentiates itself with a unique hand-written font and, the thing that will catch most peoples attention; a badass twisted cap. I don’t know much about rolling cigars, but that sure doesn’t seem easy. There is no mistaking the UF-13 for any other Liga Privada; it stands on its own. Also, spoiler alert for what’s to come in the review, but it also stands on its own flavor-wise.
What We Liked:
As I do with all Liga Privada sticks when preparing to smoke, I couldn’t help but admire the construction for a bit before lighting. I was surprised to see larger veins than I am used to. The wrapper also seemed a bit more dry than the super oily No. 9 and T52. None of these are complaints. As you can see, no issues were had with burn and smoke production was at it’s usual, insane LP levels.
The big surprise here was how the UF-13 starts things off flavor-wise. Where I was expecting the smooth, creaminess of the other Liga Privada cigars, instead a wave of pepper is dominant for the first inch before taking a supporting role the rest of the way. If you ever hear cigar reviewers talking about “pepper” and want to know what they mean, try this cigar and you’ll know. A root beer was my best friend during this initial section, helping to cut that dominating zip with some creamy sweetness not to be found in the cigar.
After leaving pepperville, I started to recognize the landscape a bit more as the hallmark Liga flavors began to subtly appear. I welcomed some muted bitter chocolate and coffee flavors that had a rustic and earthy nuance. And don’t think that Fuerte name is a coincidence, the UF-13 is one of the stronger Liga Privada sticks out there.
What We Didn’t Like:
Though I took the UF-13 to the nub on both sticks smoked for review, I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite Liga. That being said, it’s still a Liga. In fact, I can see why people are going to love this. With its full flavors and powerful kick, this cigar will have no problem finding fans. People are constantly discussing which LP is the cream of the crop and the UF-13 will only serve to divide the opinions further. For me, the Feral Flying Pig and Dirty Rat still reign.
The other issue is fairly obvious: availability. I am spoiled by a B&M that continuously stocks most Liga Privada lines, and as such, don’t expect a whole lot of difficulty in obtaining more of these in the future. I don’t like to gloat, so I won’t rub it in…I know that most people have a harder time finding these cigars than those of us in the Nashville area. Call it one of the charms of the South — deliciously unhealthy food and an abundance of hard-to-find cigars.
Should You Try/Buy It:
I am currently of the opinion that any premium cigar released by Drew Estate is at least worth a try. I have yet to be truly disappointed by anything in the Liga Privada line and the UF-13 is no exception. While I don’t see myself reaching for this over the slightly cheaper and more readily available No.9 or T52 on a regular basis, I think many will find reasons to disagree.