The details for Drew Estate’s highly-anticipated Liga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark are now finalized. As we noted last September, the UF-13, a stronger Liga Privada previously reserved for events and other special purposes, is on track for a release this spring.
While the cigar itself hasn’t changed since that article, the name now reads, “UF-13 Dark”—a moniker Drew Estate CEO Steve Saka noted he liked last year while commenting on halfwheel’s article. The reason behind this is an ode to the specific “high Broadleaf Mediums” used for the cigar.
The UF-13 is a three-year project for Drew Estate that has seen numerous iterations, vitolas and names, although Saka has noted that the prerelease versions for the last two years have been the same blend as the production UF-13 Dark, which features the aforementioned Connecticut-sourced wrapper, a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers.
These are the first pictures of the UF-13 Dark production versions. Drew Estate refrained from having the cigar photographed for fear of others attempting to replicate the “cabeza colita.”
Saka told halfwheel that the UF-13 Dark is currently expected to ship to all Liga Privada accounts in late March as part of a larger shipment and then will have limited availability thereafter, similar to Liga Privada Único Serie Feral Flying Pig.
Officially, the size has changed to 5 1/2 x 52, although that change, up from 5 1/4 inches, is likely to due to the unique cap. Pricing is set at $13.95 per cigar with boxes of 12 retailing for a suggested $167.40. The configuration of the boxes is similar to Drew Estate’s Flying Pig boxes.
UF-13 Dark is the fifth Liga Privada Único Serie release to be sold nationally following the Dirty Rat, L40, Feral Flying Pig and Papas Fritas. In addition, the Ratzilla, UF-4 and Velvet Rat have been offered at select accounts, while the A remains an event only cigar.
Earlier this month, a small batch of prerelease UF-13s were sold through Cigar.com to raise money for charity.