Liga Privada No. 9 Toro

Liga Privada No. 9 Toro

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero Oscuro
Filler : Honduran/Dominican
Binder : Brazil
Price : $222.99 for a box of 25

La Liga Privada line is a very different type of approach to cigars from Drew Estates. Most everyone knows Drew Estates from their flavored line of cigars; however, the Liga Privada No. 9 is a true masterpiece. The brand was introduced back in 2007 in only one size (Parejo). The cigar comes in five shapes: Robusto (5 X 52); Torpedo (6 x 52); Double Corona (7 x 52); a very limited release Perfecto known as the Flying Pig (4.13 x 60); and today’s featured cigar the Toro. All cigars come in an oscuro wrapper.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★★
The cigar’s color is a very dark chocolate. It has a very nice oily sheen, and the cigar feels oily in the hands. There are some visible veins but nothing to be concerned about.

The band looks very simple; it has “Liga Privada No. 9” written in a black cursive font. The background is offwhite, and on the top of the band, the phrase “Hecho Exclusivamente Para El Jefe” (Made Exclusively for the Boss) and “Parejo Oscuro.” The bottom of the band features the phrase “La Gran Fabrica Drew Estates S.A.” (The Great Drew Estates Factory). The trademarked lion seal is seen on the side of the band.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★½
The cigar looks like it just has two caps at the head. The cigar felt very firm to the touch. Halfway through the cigar, the cigar shows a bit of a soft touch, but it would not be considered a soft spot.

The ash was white and nicely packed. Throughout the smoke, the burn was very even. The cigar itself was not too smokey, and it rose and dissipated quickly. About an inch of ash was obtained before tapping it off in the ashtray.

The band was loose during the pre-light, so it was very easy to remove.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★★
The wrapper had a subtle sweet smell with a hint of grass. I would have expected more pronounced scents coming off an oscuro wrapper. The foot also had a subtle sweet smell to it. The scent of the wrapper was definitely more noticeable than the foot of the cigar.

Because of the large ring gauge, a Palio guillotine cutter was used to cut the cigar. The pre-light draw had a very nice chocolate/coffee taste. The cigar also featured a very easy draw even for a 52 ring gauge and a fairly packed cigar. The taste to the tongue was salty and slightly spicy.

After lighting the cigar, and letting it come to a nice temperature, a whole slew of flavors just were noticeable. Leather, cacao, and a variety of spices coated the mouth. A smoke had a very nice and creamy feel to it.

After lighting the cigar, the first draw was spicy and peppery. This was the feeling through the first half although leathery notes were picked up towards the middle of the cigar. About an inch into the cigar, a touch of a sweet taste similar to a sweet dinner roll became apparent.

The second half of the cigar featured roasted nuts and outstanding tobacco notes. I was expecting to get a nice nicotine kick out of this cigar, but I never did. The flavors were very enjoyable.

Towards the end of the smoke, a slight bitterness started to overcome all of the great flavors, but it was still a great smoking experience.

Value : Rating: ★★★★★
The $9.00/stick cost is absolutely well worth the investment. This cigar gives you everything you want out of this price range: great looks, good construction, and unbelievable flavors.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★★
This cigar can be summarized in one word: outstanding! I am not a big fan of flavored cigars, so I have not really pursued other Drew Estate cigars prior to this one. Jonathan Drew has a winner here, and another pleased cigar smoker. I will definitely pursue these cigar and try the other vitolas – I highly recommend everyone enjoy a La Liga Privada No. 9.