There is a new Liga Privada.
On Saturday, Drew Estate will show off the Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo, the first new regular production Liga Privada line since 2009.
The H99 Connecticut uses a corojo-seed leaf grown in the Connecticut River Valley. Underneath that is a Mexican San Andrés negro binder over a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers.
“Following the revolution in Cuba, the Corojo seed took roots in Florida, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Growing Corojo in new climates produced mixed results and much heartache for those who chose to grow it,” said Jonathan Drew, the company’s president and co-founder, in a press release. “By creating hybrids of Corojo the leaf was reborn keeping all of its spice and potency intact. Hibrido or Hybridization is a farm-level process utilized for decades to create tobacco that is disease resistant, but also to display the qualities of an unmatched capa.”
The Liga Privada H99 will debut in a single 6 x 52 toro size. Pricing is set at $14.33 per cigar or $343.92 per box of 24.
Additional sizes are planned.
““We started the process of fermenting Connecticut Corojo alongside Connecticut Criollo tobacco at the factory,” said Willy Herrera, the company’s master blender. “The factory team and I conjured up numerous blends but ultimately, we selected the blend featuring the Otapan Negro Ultimo Corte capote for its spiciness that pairs with the sweetness of corojo. Our job now is to continue working with the farmers to increase the wrapper yield with each harvest year over year. It’s been long hours preparing for the national release. This leaf is unique.”
Drew Estate has not announced when the H99 will ship to retailers.