As we announced earlier this week via a press release from Drew Estate, the company has begun shipping the smaller ring gauges of the Liga Privada line. I’ve been smoking them like crazy, and was surprised to see I haven’t review it as of yet. So without further adieu…
Cigar Review: Liga Privada No. 9
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras
Length: 144mm (4.5″)
Size: Petit Corona
The Look: Packaged in flip top wooden boxes, the cigars are tied together in a wheel by black ribbon. The cigars which are sans-cello feature the Liga Privada No. 9 band, but the words have a darker feel to them then the original bands. The small 4.5″ cigar features a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper some oils and a few thin veins.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Liga Privada No. 9 Petit Corona has hints of cherry, cedar and a subtle mocha component. The aroma off the foot serves up pretty much the same but in a less potent intensity. Once we light the cigar up the first note is charred cedar.
Moving into the first half of the cigar there is some continued notes of charred cedar from this massive smoke producing stick. The cigar is joined by some pepper on the retrohale and the cigar reminds me a bit of toast as well. Not Acid Toast, but toast from bread.
Moving into the second half the toasty goodness of the cigar is dominant with notes of pepper and cedar. In the background there is a bit of an amaretto that is enjoyable and intriguing as its something I don’t recall getting in a cigar before. The retrohale of the cigar is bready with some subtle pepper and a short finish in comparison to other Liga sizes.
The Finish: For me as an old school cigar smoker, Liga Privada has changed over the years, but there is something about this vitola that reminds me of Liga Privada during its heyday. It’s smooth, flavorful and feels more balanced at this size then other’s in the line.
Price: $10.59 / $224.99