On its Freestyle Live webcast Wednesday night, Drew Estate announced a new version of its Liga Privada 10 Aniversario that will head to international markets.

It is called Liga Privada 10 Aniversario Selección de Mercado, and uses a Connecticut River Valley criollo-seed rosado wrapper, a Mexican San Andrés Negro binder, and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. It is a distinct blend from the Liga Privada 10 Aniversario that is found at U.S. retailers, and one that was described as being smoother than the original Liga Privada 10 Aniversario.

It will be released in a 6 x 52 toro vitola with a cola de pescado, or fishtail head, the same vitola that the Liga Privada 10 Aniversario is available in via U.S. retailers. The cigar will launch in Istanbul on September 10, the first of a number of events featuring Jonathan Drew and Pedro Gomez that will lead up to the InterTabac trade show and continue the launch following that trade show. There will also be events in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, according to a schedule released by Drew Estate.

The Liga Privada 10 Aniversario Selección de Mercado will be offered in 10-count boxes, though pricing has not yet been announced. What was said during the Freestyle Live show was that the cigar could range from the equivalent of $25 to $100, varying on the individual market and local taxes.

Jonathan Drew called the cigar Drew Estate’s “love letter to the world” in announcing its release, noting that international markets had limited—if any—access to the version released in the U.S.

The Liga Privada 10 Aniversario, which was originally released in December 2018, uses a Connecticut criollo-seed wrapper, a Mexican San Andrés Otapan Negro Último Corte binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and Pennsylvania.

Update (Aug. 31, 2023) — Drew Estate issued a press release about the cigar today, including images, which have been added to this story. The company also corrected the wrapper, that it is a Connecticut-grown, criollo-seed leaf in a rosado color.

Images courtesy of Drew Estate.

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