Drew Estate’s elusive Liga Privada H99 will now be heading to stores nationwide on a more regular schedule.

The company has announced that the H99, officially known as the Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo, is now a “regular production cigar” that will be sold to “qualifying Drew Diplomat Program retailers.” Despite being on the market for more than three years, the Liga Privada H99 has remained one of the more challenging Drew Estate cigars to find due to its limited availability. Specs-wise, the cigar is a 6 x 52 toro vitola with a closed foot. It 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. Drew Estate says that just one farmer grows the wrapper, which the company uses to help explain the limited availability.

MSRP will be set at $15.95 per cigar or $382.80 per box.

When Drew Estate began shipping the H99 in late 2018, it used a lottery system where it selected five retailers per month to each received two boxes. Last year, it expanded the H99 distribution by using it for select events, but the cigar remained quite difficult to find. It’s unclear whether Drew Estate plans on making enough to satisfy demand, but the company does say it will be making more cigars than before thanks to steadily increasing the amount of wrapper grown each year.

“The H99 Connecticut Corojo is the triumphant result of hybridity, including traits of… dysfunction, functionality, flexibility, adaptability, survival, replicability, and most importantly procreation,” said  Jonathan Drew, co-founder and president of Drew Estate, in a press release. “In all my 26 years of experience as a tobacco man, I have never witnessed a tobacco hybridization with the depth and body of this Stalk-Cut Habano and Connecticut Corojo leaf. It’s nice to walk into the storage area at the factory and finally see some bales aged and stacked up, ready for production. Get your lighters ready… let’s burn.”

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