Over 10 years ago, Drew Estate—a company best known for its flavored cigar ACID—introduced a new premium, traditional cigar: Liga Privada.
Since then Liga—as it is so oftentimes shortened—has gone on to become one of the world’s most popular brands. Now it’s time to pay tribute.
The Liga Privada 10-Year Aniversario is that tribute. It’s highlighted by a unique criollo-seed wrapper grown in the Connecticut River Valley. Underneath is a Mexican San Andrés negro binder and fillers from Honduras Nicaragua.
“The hard work began deep in the Valley, hunting for the dense lush leaf required to turn our dream cigar into a reality,” said Jonathan Drew, the company’s president and co-founder, in a press release. “This cigar symbolizes the bond of partnership between farmer and manufacturer to grow a Criollo Capa that is worthy of unmatched celebration. Exclusively grown for Drew Estate, I challenged Willy Herrera and the factory team at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate to create the cigar that could live up to the Broadleaf Bully that we have come to love, to celebrate the 10 years of Liga Privada.”
Liga Privada 10-Year Aniversario will debut in a single 6 x 52 toro size that features a cola de pescado head similar to the UF-13 and a closed foot. It is priced at $17.90 per cigar and offered in boxes of 10.
Production is limited to just 1,000 boxes, though the company says it will produce Corona Doble, Robusto and Torpedo sizes in the future.
“It was a deep honor to be entrusted with adding the next chapter to Liga Privada and leading the Factory Blending Team,” said Willy Herrera, Drew Estate’s master blender. “I am proud to report that the harvests of the Connecticut Criollo by our farmers were successfully fermented at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, and the cigars have been aging for this celebration. We have worked out the details in regard to fermentation time, style, and temperature. Much like we had to learn with No. 9 Broadleaf and T52 Habano, we continue to increase the amount of Connecticut Criollo we can ferment. This does not come with insignificant risk as one small mistake can ruin the entire crops we have harvested. Our farm team is already planting the next harvest of Connecticut Criollo for this upcoming growing season, however this cigar will be extremely limited for the next few years as we continue to invest in our ability to manufacture with this exquisite tobacco.”
While Drew Estate is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Liga Privada, the cigar was shown off to the public in 2006 and sold in 2007. The 10-year anniversary would mark a decade after Drew Estate added other sizes to the debut No. 9 and began selling the cigar in 24-count boxes.
The company has not announced a ship date.