Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 Parejo Oscuro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, December 30, 2011
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Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 Parejo Oscuro Cigar Review

This 6×52 cigar features a very dark brown dry, toothy firm wrapper with small veins, tight seams, double cap and musty damp tobacco aroma. First light reveals a slightly snug draw with good smoke output on the thick side. Medium body flavors of a smooth, oily musty aged tobacco with a long finish of the same. The first third holds the body at medium, showing a smooth sweet leather with a nice pepper and spice through the long finish, with an oil on the lips. The stick absolutely pours off smoke just sitting there, with a great room aroma. 30 minutes in just starting the 2nd third the ash drops off in a solid chunk and flavors shift. The overall tone is much creamier now both in texture and flavor, with the leather subsiding for a smooth general earthiness. The pepper taste is still there but the spice is almost gone. It’s finish is still long with just the smooth earth and bit of sweetness lingering. 55 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, body is up to medium-full along with the strength, giving a bit of a rush, mixing very well with the bigger body. Flavors are almost the same, bringing the draw to deeper more substantial earthiness, kicking up the pepper a bit especially on the finish. 1:10 minutes in just starting the last third, flavors shift a bit moving to a big creamy zing cinnamon on the draw, holding the cream and zing to the next draw. Ending at 1:45 the last bit showed no further changes. Thank you very much to Matt Marcus for sending me this to review!

  • User Name

    Glad to see these cigars back on the market. Love the aroma.

  • AJROSATI

    I have wanted to try both the Drew Estate Line and the Alec Bradley line for a while now. Every time I go to my local cigar house I end up with a stick I know I will like though instead of venturing out. Whats your quick opinion on these brands as far as typical construction and quality???

  • JJO

    Damn it Bryan, now I’m gonna have to re-think my New Year’s plans! lol I have a couple of these that I was saving for later, but now…

    Great review, and very generous of Matt M. to donate it.

  • CigarDan

    My favorite cigar. I bought myself a box for Christmas!

  • ImCubanPete

    Bryan,

    Seems like every Liga Privada cigar I try creates a ton of smoke. Too much I would say, get’s to be annoying to those around you. Drew Estates is adding something to the cigar. The color also looks like it’s been enhance. I even have some T9 and Farel Flying Pigs, that’s be renamed to smoke pork sausage rather than a flying pig.

    Still an enjoyable cigar, but not to those around you.

    • JJO

      Some leaf just burns that way. They’re not adding anything, and they are not the only ones that give off a lot of stationary smoke, although I agree it can be a bit of an annoyance if you don’t like the smell of burning tobacco.

  • omies

    Ah! another great cigar, just an enjoyable smoke! smooth as silk and always a few in the box!

    • gholmes9

      This is an excellent stick!! Very complex and lots of smoke output. Lots of transitions throughout and the smoke time was excellent. It does cost but well worth the money. I keep a few in my humidor at all times!

  • USA2ndAmendment

    I have a friend who use to own a cigar store in Key West and said that this is one of his favorite cigars. I am yet to find one however…I see pictures and reviews, but have never seen one in person. Any suggestions as to where to get one?

    • playersrun1

      Cigars Int’l has them. I live only minutes away from the Hamburg, PA store and they had a couple boxes of the #9 and #52, and tons of the Undercrowns. I picked up an Undercrown which ive yet to try, but looking forward to it. Couldnt quite justify the $15 for the #9 or #52 yet.

  • D-BO

    THIS IS A HARD CIGAR TO FIND. ITS ALWAYS SOLD OUT NO MATTER WHERE YOU LOOK. ANY IDEAS.

  • Bpope31

    Another cigar I really want to try. Sounds like a great experience and my local B&M’s website claims they have some.

  • curtpick

    Thanks Bryan ! Have some on order. Looking forward to these !

  • Father Guido Sarducci

    I know its an old review but the odds of you getting a No.9 Parejo are slim and none. The No.9 Parejo is not for sale and is actually what’s called in code a “black rat” and not a normal production No.9. Its essentially a Dirty Rat with a No.9 wrapper. One of the rarest Liga’s out there along with the “Big Black Rat” and “Baschert Pig.”

    Bryan had a rare gem here known or unknown.

    • JJO

      I believe you’re thinking of the Pequeno rather than the Parejo (toto), which is a regular production cigar.

      • Father Guido Sarducci

        Dangit you are right, my apologies. Got my names mixed up. Again, my apologies.

        • JJO

          It’s hard to keep all the multiple names and blends straight isn’t it? 😉

  • Gigalo de Vitolas

    Yea I’ll definitely need to be smoking one of these this week. Great review.

  • BCamara

    I ordered a couple of singles today, can’t wait til I light one up after some rest. Nice review.

  • Craig

    I smoked this exact cigar last night. I was fantastic. The only down fall (other than the price) was the strength ramped WAY up for me! But it sure tasted nice before that………

  • jason

    My local b&m is always stocked up on these and the T-52. Both, favorites of mine. We recently had a drew estate event and I had a good time and the rep was great. To me, the pepper kicked up midway through the second 3rd and some sweetness came into play. My fiancée likes the room note, so naturally it’s a “go to” cigar for me.

  • rick remington

    Great review, Really enjoying this one. Was recommended at the local B&M

  • Dennis D. Morgan II

    I have an original box of 48; unopened & sealed in the original package.

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