Brand: Drew Estate Country: Nicaragua
Size: 7 x 40 Wrapper: Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut and Cured Habano
The Label Factor:
The Liga Privada L40 follows the same design pattern as the rest of the LP line. Where the L40 gets a special nod, however, is the excitement it brings to have one of these in your possession. Being one of the more difficult Liga Privada Único sticks to locate, it’s thrilling when one finally lands in your humidor.
What We Liked:
How did I finally get one? That is a story worth telling. Remember that giveaway we ran a few weeks ago? When I contacted the winner, he was super excited and gracious. After noticing that an L40 review had never been published on the site, he offered to send one as a “thank you.” I told him that wasn’t necessary, but sure enough, a few days after shipping out his winnings, a return package arrives at my door step with this stick in it. John, if you are reading this, thanks again!
After giving the L40 a couple weeks to chill in the humidor, it came time to see what I had been missing. A smile swept across my face as I took the initial puffs, there was that trademark chocolate sweetness I’ve come to expect from Liga Privada. For a few seconds, I was surprised by the lack of spice. It wasn’t long before the back of my tongue began to tingle with peppery deliciousness and I entered cigar nirvana.
The first de-ash, about an inch in, saw the arrival of the black coffee I’d been expecting. He prefers to show up fashionably late, but typically brings gifts. In this case, the gift was a delicious balance of flavors. Perhaps next time he could bring a fruit cake. Just sayin’! Through to the end, the sweetness subsides with rich earth and a slightly bitter coffee beginning to dominate. The strength here definitely grows as you get closer to the nub.
Quick note about the strength: This is a cigar that could destroy you. The combination of full body and full strength means that you should not give this to a new cigar smoker, and really…why would you? Think of the Liga Privada L40 like a big, rich and decadent piece of chocolate cake. Sure, it’s delicious and you really want to dig in, but if you don’t take your time, you may find yourself making friends with a toilet.
What We Didn’t Like:
This is not an easy cigar to get. I’ve been to many a cigar shop that carry Liga Privada Único, and only one has ever said they carry L40. Even then, I was told that a box a month, containing a mere 15 cigars, was all they ever saw. One shop even told me they weren’t available in the United States! I did my best not to laugh, but I’m hoping there are more opportunities for the L40 to enter my life in the future. If only I could trade my regular access to the UF-13, Feral Flying Pig, and Dirty Rat – for access to the L40.
Should You Try/Buy It:
After giving it some thought, I am comfortable saying this is my favorite of the Liga Privada sticks to come across my humidor, which puts it easily into our top 10 list. To me, the L40 is a more delicious, longer lasting, and slightly more expensive Dirty Rat. I would gladly pay that few dollar premium, if only they would let me.