The 2021 version of the Liga Privada Único Series Year of the Rat is on its way to Drew Diplomat Program retailers.

The cigar debuted in 2016 as an exclusive release for the Drew Estate Lounge inside the BB&T Center, home to the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the team’s only appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, a season that became known as the Year of the Rat after one such rodent made its way into the Panthers’ locker room, was killed by player Scott Mellanby with his hockey stick, who went onto score three goals that night with that same stick. That led goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck to coin the term “rat trick,” a play on the familiar term hat trick that describes a player scoring three goals in the same game.

In 2020, the cigar was re-released as an event-only cigar for Drew Diplomat Program retailers and with the tie-in to the Zodiac calendar, as 2020 was the Year of the Rat on that calendar. Now, it is available as a more readily available offering.

The cigar returns in its same 5 1/2 x 46 corona gorda vitola in which it debuted, with the blend using a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Brazilian binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. It is offered in 10-count boxes, with individual cigars having an MSRP of $16.40 and coming wrapped in gold foil. The company has not disclosed production numbers for the 2021 edition.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.