September 2023

Drew Estate is set to launch an entirely new expression of Liga Privada 10 that will become available at the Intertabac Show in Dortmund, Germany, beginning on Sept. 14. And it’s about time that the international markets, more than 70 for Drew Estate, would finally see the Liga Privada 10 Aniversário appear as the cigar as the blend was released for the American market in 2018. International fans of Drew Estate are praying that they won’t have to wait that long for the Blackened, and are already waiting that long for the Liga Privada H99. Like with many other cigar manufacturers, international markets are not treated equally as the American market which is a shame for the cigar aficionados outside of the United States.

Available only to international markets, Liga Privada 10 Selección de Mercado (6 x 52, Toro) is handcrafted to highlight the bold characteristics of a specially curated Connecticut Criollo capa leaf that’s grown exclusively for Drew Estate by one farmer in the famed Connecticut River Valley. The cigar’s name is Spanish for “Market Selection,” and is inspired by the old practice of selecting wrapper leaves for certain national markets by colour. Drew Estate chose only the most beautiful Rosado Connecticut Criollo leaves to grace Selección de Mercado.

“Selección de Mercado is Drew’s first truly global brand drop,” says Drew Estate Founder and President, Jonathan Drew. “Liga Privada is notoriously bold, dense, hearty, earthy and robust … true to the Connecticut River Valley. Selección de Mercado is different!!! It’s an experience of Liga Privada that’s truly unexpected, with the international cigar smoker at the forefront of our mind throughout our creative stages of development. The Selección de Mercado blend is like, ‘Yo homie, I didn’t think anybody could get a smoke like this in a cigar that’s not Cuban, but this Liga Privada nails it. That’s wild.”

While maintaining an overall robust character, Selección de Mercado delights connoisseurs with its medium-body. The rosado capa surrounds a blend of Mexican capote and tripa tobaccos from Nicaragua and Pennsylvania to create a cigar that is deeply balanced, bold and sophisticated, with luxurious espresso notes that complement the Connecticut Criollo’s earthiness. With an unfinished foot and the Cola de Pescado (fishtail) head, Selección de Mercado is made by the same buncheros and rolleras who role Liga Privada 10 Aniversário and will be available in 10-count boxes.

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