With Drew Estate announced that Liga Privada No.9 and T52 would be coming in smaller ring gauges we decided to take a look at a small ring gauge that already exists in the company portfolio. The Liga Privada Dirty Rat is available only to retailers that are part of the Drew Diplomat program, of which 2GuysCigars.com is a member.
Cigar Review: Liga Privada Unico Serie Dirty Rat
Wrapper: Stalk Cut American Habano (Connecticut)
Binder: Mata Fina (Brazil)
Filler: Honduras & Nicagua
Ring Gauge: 44
The Look: Each box contains slotted grooves in which the 12 Dirty Rat cigars sit perfectly with a notch included for the fan tail style cap. Looking at the cigar, the wrapper has a brindle like effect along with some faint oils. The cigar has a lot of veins present, but it is exceptionally and flawlessly rolled. The Dirty Rat uses seven different tobaccos and that is clear in the weight of the cigar which is hefty for its size.
The Notes: The cold draw of the cigar reminds me of breakfast cereal, specifically Rice Krispies from right out of the box with hints of apple and earth. The aroma off the foot is faint but serves up some cedar and cinnamon.
I decided to cut the cigar with my Jaws Cutter and spark it up with a Vertigo Glock and once the cigar is lit I am hit with a burst of damp earth and a touch of leather and an exorbitant amount of black pepper. A little less than a half-inch into the cigar the first notes begin to dial it back a notch. As the cigar develops further some notes of chocolate and a wisp of cinnamon come into play with some red pepper through the nose.
The second third of the cigar sees the red pepper continue on the retrohale and the lingering finish of the cigar. On the palate some notes of toast and coffee enter the mix transitioning to notes of heavy cream and cedar. The little cigar is incredibly complex especially when retrohaling.
The last third of the cigar sees the cedar component become dominant with a soft creamy finish. The red pepper notes that were strong on the retrohale have faded tremendously and the cigar finish more on the medium side then the medium-full of the first two-thirds.
The Finish: While finding the Dirty Rat has gotten easier, it is still one of those rare cigars that people go crazy over. While the L40, UF-13 and Pigs are harder to find I rather smoke the Rat. The size is perfect for me, and the complexity of tobacco of 7 different tobaccos just works. Smooth, balanced and complex the cigar is worthy of a box purchase.