Name: Liga Privada No. 9 Belicoso
Country of origin: Nicaragua
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper:Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero Oscuro
Binder: Plantation-Grown Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan Cuban Seed
Today I am very excited because I get the chance to review a cigar that really does not need any kind of introduction as it is known across the globe. I have heard so much about these cigars throughout the years and today I finally get the chance to see what they are all about. I picked up my Liga from the cigars and gun clubs of Afghanistan sample pack from cigarbandits.com. I have waited a long time to try this cigar, so I am more than ready to dive in and get started.
The Liga Privada is an absolutely stunning cigar. It comes wrapped in a dark ,almost black (Oscuro), Connecticut broad leaf. The wrapper feels slightly course, with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, no visible tooth, and is capped with a perfect double cap. The body on the liga privada is packed extremely tight with no soft spots or knots that I can feel. I am really digging the band. It is something that I’ve not seen before, except in the Cuban Seed Cigar company Behike blend which is actually handwritten. The liga, on the other hand, has the appearance of being handwritten, though it is not actually, but still looks very classy.
Flavor/Taste & Aroma:
I can’t say it enough: the Liga Privada is such a beautiful cigar. It is almost a shame to cut into, but I guess it would be even more of a shame not to smoke it. Running the liga body under my nose, I pick up on notes of a subtle chocolate and strong barnyard aromas. Making my way down to the foot, my nose is embraced with notes of earth and chocolate. Very nice.
On the light , the Liga Privada has no issues interacting with the flame from my spill, allowing me to give it a nice slow toasting. On my initial draw, I pick up quickly on big notes of pepper. I went ahead and gave it a little retro. Boy, did I regret that as the pepper felt like it was raging flames through my nostrils. Believe me it did not go away quickly,with every breathe that I took it felt like I was just fanning the flame.
Just a side note: I am pairing the Liga Privada with Dalmore Cigar Malt, which is one of my favorite Scotches. It was a match made in heaven!
So far the Liga is proving to be a long smoke, taking 35 min to reach the end of the 1/3rd, but on this beautiful Louisiana night I am OK with that. Throughout the 1/3rd the Liga has performed very well. At the start notes of red pepper were in full effect, but as I progressed through the 1/3rd they gradually became weaker until eventually becoming vaguely recognizable on the retro. The palate, on the other hand, has been a full on explosion of flavors including chocolate, wood, subtle notes of nut, and a gorgeous dried fruit. To me the dried fruit has been the most dominant on the palate, and with it, is a very nice creaminess that created a thick creamy slick of dried fruity goodness on the palate. In true Drew Estates form, the smoke output was massive on both the foot and the exhale, with big clouds of aromatic smoke filling the whole porch. I was afraid someone might think my house was on fire. The burn lines have been a bit wavy, but are of no concern to me as they require no attention. With each draw, more and more of the Ligas ash becomes visible, showcasing a beautiful bright white ash. The ash has fallen off once already and seems to be holding on for a about an inch or a little more at a time, so watch your pants with this one. I am not sure if it can get any better than this, but I am ready to find out: onward into the 2/3rd!
At 1 hour and 15 minutes in, I have reached the end of the 2/3rd and thankfully the Liga has continued to deliver. Starting off the 2/3rd the Liga was performing much like it was in the 1/3rd, and not much was really happening until I reached the half way point. The Liga decided to do a complete flip of the script on me, as the coffee that seemed to have found a cozy home in the background came racing to the front, and it was open for business baby. Pushing every other note out of the way, pushing the dried fruit notes that had been so prominent in the 1/3rd and at the start of the 2/3rd off the front and into the back. The dried fruit was not going to give up so easily and a power struggle beg.n, With every draw, the two notes fought for dominance, one draw would be full of chocolate and then the next would fill your mouth with strong notes of dried fruit. This struggle between these two notes made for a very pleasing smoke. I was alert to every change and it kept me very much connected with the cigar enhancing my overall experience. Other than that small change, everything else has been consistent. Burn lines are still wavy but requiring no attention and the smoke is still glorious. All in all still doing great! Let’s see what the end will bring us.
AS the rain begins to fall on this beautiful Louisiana night, I have come to the end of the Liga Privada #9, taking me 55 min past the hour to get it done. What a delightful 2 hours it has been. Throughout the last third, I could tell the dried fruit notes were becoming weaker and weaker before eventually leaving me completely. But with the loss of one another arises. The chocolate took control and never missed a beat. With the strong chocolate notes came a very thick creaminess, leaving a thick and creamy chocolate slick across the palate. It was absolutely gorgeous and I never wanted it to end. There were notes of earth and nuttiness intermingled in there but they were no comparison to the creamy chocolate notes that were so in control. The burn lines in the last third have finally decided to get right, even though they were never a problem. It was nice to see a straight burn as it accented the cigar very nicely. Smoke was still abundant, and the ash was just beautiful.
The Liga 9 was flawless. I suppose I could complain about the burn but then I would really be reaching to find something. The flavors were great and the ash was beautiful. At no time did I experience any real issues with the construction. The body stayed cool to the touch and I never experienced any tunneling or signs of distress from the cigar. Overall a very well-constructed cigar.
Is this a great cigar? YES Is it one of the best I have had? YES Do I suggest that you get some? Absolutely. Like I stated before, the Liga Privada # 9 and Drew Estates get a lot of hype in the cigar community. In some ways I wanted this cigar to be bad, just because they get so much attention, but you know what? Drew Estates deserves every bit of attention and hype they receive. Until this day I have never had a bad smoke from Drew Estates. They are always well constructed, flavorful, and a pleasure to smoke and I tip my hat to them.
In conclusion, the only thing I have left to say is you need this cigar in your life. Find some room in your cigar budget and make it happen. You can thank me later.
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Until next time, keep it smokey!