Review: Liga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark

The Liga Privada UF-13 Dark from Drew Estate is a special cigar. It’s special in the sense that it is a great cigar and it’s a Liga. Let’s face it, any cigar that is blessed with the Liga Privada name is bound to be special. Whenever a cigar is added to the Liga line, thousands of cigar nerds (myself included) rush out to find them.

Here are a few notes on the UF-13 Dark provided by Drew Estate:

  • The designation “UF” stands for “Único Fuerte” and the UF-13 was crafted with the experienced cigar smoker in mind.
  • “The “UF-13 Dark” is the result of nearly three years of additional blend experimentation and is ultimately an amalgamation of our No.9, T52 and Dirty Rats ligas with its own unique balance of materials.”
  • “This is our fifth official vitola released in our Liga Privada Único Serie joining our Dirty Rat, L40, Feral Flying Pig and Papas Fritas.”

Liga Privada UF-13

Size: 5.5 x 52

Vitola: Parejo

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Dark Mediums

Binder: Plantation-Grown Brazilian Mata Fina

Filler: Select Honduran and Nicaraguan Cuban Seed

Samples for review were provided by Drew Estate

Pre-Light: I’m superficial. Is that wrong? I am visual guy. I like the “look” of things. I am drawn to cigars that look good. I’m constantly guilty of breaking the “book by its cover” rule. If I had never smoked a Liga Privada before and had no idea what it was, I would still be drawn to the UF-13. The deep brown wrapper is oily and looks immensely tasty. The flag cap is the kind of thing I am a complete sucker for.  It has no impact on the cigar whatsoever, but it’s the kind of thing that sets it apart from the rest. On top of all that, I love the Liga Privada band. It’s simple, yet gives you the feeling that you’re smoking something special.

The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper was smooth and smelled of deep earthy notes. The foot gave off a scent that I call baking spice. I’m sure there is something much more specific, but it’s a warm, welcoming scent that I really enjoy. After clipping the cap, I found a smooth draw that tasted of tangy, premium tobacco...

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