Cigar: Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 Corona Doble
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero Oscuro
Ring Gauge: 52
The Drew Estate company is famously known for their flavor infused Acids smokes. Many seasoned smokers look down upon the Acids because of their fruity profile.
The Liga Privada No. 9 is quite the opposite. In Spanish, Liga Privada means private blend. This line was made specifically for Drew Estate president Steve Saka.
All No. 9’s are aged for a year before being released for sale. Needless to say, I was very excited once I was able to track down this Corona Doble.
At first inspection this is a great looking cigar. The wrapper is a nice maduro Connecticut broadleaf. It is firm to the touch from foot to head. There are one or two noticeable veins but in no way do they ugly the cigar.
The band is white with the brand name in a decorative script font and a lion crest on the back. While it won’t blow anyone away with any fancy color schemes or glossy effects, it still works.
With my first puffs of smoke I was pleasantly impressed by the earthy flavor I was getting. The smoke was dense but it wasn’t tough on my throat; it landed right into a medium strength zone. The draw is a little tight but not where it was so tight I was fighting with it. So far the white grayish ash is holding firm. The burn line is okay but not perfect.
As I move forward into the second third, the draw has gotten better. So far this is a really nice smoke. There is a controlled spice to the cigar. I taste it but it doesn’t induce any coughing fits. As I breathe it out, the smoke still lingers on my tongue.
The Liga Privada No. 9 has been touted as a full-bodied smoke, but I’m still getting a nice full medium profile which I am not mad at. Additionally the ash is holding up well.
As I get into final third of this cigar, things are getting more mild. I am getting softer creamier notes which really taste good; it’s a nice mild finish. There is no spice in sight either. The finish is quite tasty honestly. The ash is holding strong too. I tried to knock it off but it held firm. This is a well constructed cigar.
Overall the Liga Privada No. 9 is a really good cigar. It has a robust start and middle. The finish is very smooth with a really creamy touch that was pleasing to me. As far as construction, it didn’t burn as steadily as I wanted and it did go out on me once, but that shouldn’t scare anyone away. I would definitely pick this stick up again.
4 out of 5 crowns