Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada L40

Initial Thoughts:

I don't always smoke Liga Privada, but when I do, I expect to enjoy it! Heck, after all, the Liga Privada line from Drew Estate is one of the most premium and expensive lines of cigars out there in the mid-range cigar market.

And today, I'm reviewing the Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie L40 lancero that I've had since January. And, it's been aging, maturing, and just generally hanging out in my humidor for over 6 months.

Smelling the L40, the toothy-looking wrapper smells like sweat cedar at the head of the cigar, and a little chocolatey down near the foot. An interesting combination of smells to be sure. After cutting the end with my guillotine, the draw was perfect, and I'm ready to dive in.


cigarscore 5 cigar rating

Brand: Drew Estate
Line: Liga Privada, Unico Serie
Size: 7 x 40
Cut: Guillotine
Light: Torch
Price: $16.53

Wrapper: United States Connecticut River Valley Stalk-Cut Habano
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Nicaragua
Smoke Time: 60 minutes

Through the middle of the cigar, I got a great draw which provided plenty of smoke. The flavors were spicy due to the habano wrapper, and a little like char or roasted tobacco. The question now is the Liga Privada L40 a better deal than a Liga Privada T52 that's shorter but bigger around.

Final Thoughts

At multiple parts during the cigar, the L40 seemed a little squishy. This is typically an indication that there are hollow spots in the cigar, or areas where the filler tobacco isn't as well packed. Additionally, the amount of smoke I got during these times was also reduced – another indication of less-dense tobacco.

But the flavors are good. The Liga Privada L40 lancero delivered notes of leather, cedar, and spice. The draw was (mostly) perfect, as was the burn.

However, because I think the Liga 9s and T52s are a better value (in the toro-ish vitolas/sizes), I'd rather smoke them. But this stick still measures up quite well by itself. Though it's a little expensive, for the most part, the Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie L40 delivers on its promise and earns a CigarScore 5.

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