The Liga Privada Único UF-4 is back for another limited release, as Casa de Montecristo in Countryside, Ill. has announced that the 2020 release is set for Oct. 29.

Since its debut in Oct. 2010, the cigar has been an annual release for the store, coming out just prior to Halloween. It is a 6 x 52 toro that uses a Connecticut habano wrapper, Brazilian binder and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. Drew Estate has previously said that it is based on the original test blend of the Liga Privada T-52, though ultimately was not chosen for production. It is also billed as being stronger than the T-52 blend.

While the size and blend remain the same as in previous years, the packaging is getting a noticeable update, going to 10-count soft packs after previously being offered in bundles wrapped in butcher paper. Pricing for this year’s release is $189.95, though a limited amount of packs are available for pre-order through the store’s website and are currently going for $169.95. During the release event, the price will go to $179.95 per pack, and then to the full price after the event for any remaining bundles.

Just 300 bundles have been produced for this year’s release.

Casa de Montecristo will be hosting both an in-person event and a virtual event for the cigar’s release, with the former including dinner. Both are ticketed events, with the virtual event costing $30 and the in-person event priced at $50. Both tickets include two cigars, which will include the UF-4. Additionally, customers who pre-order a full bundle will also receive an invite to the virtual event.

The virtual event is scheduled to be hosted by Jonathan Drew and Ben Pearson, Drew Estate’s sales representative in the area.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the store.

Image courtesy of Casa de Montecristo.

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