RSS Feed
Apr 5

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie UF-13 Dark Cigar Review

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 in Cigar Reviews

 

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie UF-13 Dark Cigar Review

This 5.5×50 stick features a very dark brown broadleaf wrapper with a firm, dense pack, slight tooth and slick oil sheen, minimal veins, tight seams, large double cap with flared pigtail and a sweet cedar and manure aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with plentiful rich, smooth smoke production showing medium bodied flavors of an oily meaty earth followed by a thick gritty mouth feel on the finish building a deep pepper and slight spice. The first third ramps body up to medium-full continuing the smooth savory core adding a nice sweetness. The finish drops most o the pepper keeping the oily slick and heat, while the foot produces a non-stop plume of light smoke until the next draw. 30 minutes in almost to the 1/2 way point the ash falls off in a solid chunk, body is still at medium-full with no strength, draw flavors drop the savory and add some cream while the finish drops all the pepper and heat. 1 hour in at the band point a bit of strength is detectable and the sweetness on the draw takes a little more defined flavor like a subtle dried cherry. Ending at 1:15 where it got too hot for my taste the last bit remained unchanged. Thank you very much to Drew Estate for sending two in for review samples!

FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites (your list is on the left)

Bring on the comments

  1. Rob says:

    I just found a sampler with this in it!!! Great review as always.

  2. stevenknisley says:

    Wow this cigar looks and sounds perfect for me. great review the cigar seemed perfect no issues at all.

  3. Larsy says:

    They are out. Just got my six pack the. other day. They sell out within a matter of minutes in some cases

  4. eric.hanson says:

    This sounds like a good stick, I’ll have to keep my eyes open for a sampler or something with these.

  5. garlar10 says:

    Thanks for the review. I would say I look forward to trying this one but I doubt I will be able to find it anywhere once it is released based on the comments already. LOL

    • puffrey says:

      There is a local shop here in Georgia that has a ton of Liga, mostly t-9 and t-52, I can pick up a bunch and set up a swap if anybody is interested

  6. Sirfubes says:

    The only liga stick I have been able to get my paws on is the papa fritas. I need to search harder… People rave so much about them!

  7. mrl4889 says:

    Sounds like a solid smoke. Im sure like all the other LPs it will be next to impossible to come by. Guess I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled. Great review as always B

  8. derek_straus says:

    I have only twisted the pigtails of two cigars. One the shoulder tore, but the other one worked perfectly. I will do it in a “i forgot my cutter” moment. Great review! I look forward to finding one of these!

    • Freddy62 says:

      I have totally destroyed a cigar before by doing that lol, and I have never done it since.

      • garlar10 says:

        Before watching these videos I would have never though of unrolling a pigtail instead of cutting it. I kind of wish I never knew about the option though because I just may try it and have same results of damaging the wrapper or shoulder…

  9. Ponderous says:

    I definitely wanna get my hands on this one!

  10. neocigaro says:

    Good review last few cigars have had the weird pigtail or string thing haha it sounds too strong for me though.

  11. TimB says:

    This sounds like this is one I want to try. Have not had a Drew in years look forward to getting one or two.

  12. Walshy says:

    Great review Bryan. EVERY Liga Privada ive smoked has had that smoke trail off the foot. Sort of a trademark for the line. I cant even find the first UF-13 on line. It is truly unbelievable how fast these cigars sell out. I dont know what they are doing but they need to keep doin. Love Liga Privada. Not a fan of the T52. But thats here nor there. Thanks again Bryan.

  13. Orrza says:

    Sounds like a really nice cigar.

  14. Kace says:

    Man, I think I wanna smoke every cigar you review. Lol.

    • neocigaro says:

      half and half not every cigar is meant for one person.

      • Freddy62 says:

        I usually watch one of Bryan’s reviews, get the stick and then smoke it while reviewing the review so I can note the changes as he does, and I have yet to run into something that tastes bad!

        • neocigaro says:

          You must be experienced, haha but I meant that some people like medium body some full body some light some creamy some very hardcore that you feel the burn on the back of your tongue, Me i don’t like it to strong and having a flavor like chocolate, coffee, and little to no pepper of sing is a must.

    • swj045 says:

      I use these reviews to make the list of cigars that I buy.almost like a test drive

      • LxArkitekt says:

        I do this as well. Most cigars I’ve enjoyed though there are some that I definitely did not.

        • MaxDuo says:

          I do the same, I have a 2 page long document of sticks I’m interested in trying later on. I wiped the hard drive and haven’t taken the backup off of my other hard drive yet, and have started just faovriting youtube for them.

  15. zanlamb says:

    It sounds good to me. I find it hard to get a cigar with full body and no strength.

  16. LunchBox87km says:

    Sounds good I’ll have to ask my B&M to save me some once they get them.

  17. vscarpine says:

    another drew estate that sounds like something i will enjoy. will have to keep an eye out for this in the future

    • MaxDuo says:

      This sounds like a nice stick, but not a MUST SMOKE one for me. I’d definitely try it out though.

      I’m always surprised by Drew Estate. For a while I only knew of them for their flavored sticks… So I would think of them as a flavored cigar company, but then all of their other sticks always seem to have good flavors and everything they make seems to burn and smoke really well.

  18. Magicshark13 says:

    Why do some cigars have pigtails? What’s it importance?

    • MaxDuo says:

      I believe it’s just presentation / something else different to the look.

      Though considering it is also something you are able to tear off…. I suppose it’s an extra selling point of: “Hey, don’t have a cutter? You won’t need it for this one! Stock up on a few just in case!” or whatever.

  19. juf100 says:

    Can’t wait till the day I can find and try one of these..

  20. yosef5 says:

    I once again enjoyed your review.

  21. puffrey says:

    Great review Bryan, this one of those lines that people chase after like a unicorn, looks like this one will be much the same.

  22. stevenknisley says:

    The tail on this UF-13 is really cool because it is so much different than any other pigtail. hopefully Ill be able to find this one

  23. Mobleyjared says:

    How long til they are in ga?

  24. jomo says:

    I’m glad DE sent u a few to review. I walked in from work this morning and I had a full box of the UF-13 Dark waiting on me. Mmmm I cant wait to try one.

    • jomo says:

      Bryan do u ever think u will give prizes for the least amount of points. LOL I watch every video u post and have for well over a yr now but there is no way I’m ever going to be on the top points list. I dont tweet or Facebook, and never will ( I just dont get it) the most I will ever do is follow a few blogs or forums. O well keep up the good work that’s all that really matters anyway.

      • MaxDuo says:

        He probably won’t, since the contests are intended as a way to spread the word and get more traffic and community to his website. If he did, it would probably be a one time / extremely rare thing as sort of a prize / joke thing. I imagine there would be several people who would just make an extra 0-1 post/visit account in hopes of winning that way if he did.

  25. Michael says:

    Thanks for the review Bryan, I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. I guess I will have some stalking to do. Hopefully my B&M will get some in.

  26. ctigers15 says:

    I really wanted to try one before the review and now I want to try one even more so.

  27. Kalven says:

    Drew Estate is masterful at marketing. Good cigar, always hard to get.

    Annoying for us, smart for them

  28. DavidKIT says:

    Another great looking cigar from Drew Estate….and likely another cigar that my B&M will not carry. Hopefully I can find a five pack somewhere.

    • CigarStrawn says:

      My B&M recently got a new owner and he’s pretty good about stocking the shelves with some great brands. The only brands from Drew Estate I saw though were Acid and the Java line. This cigar is going to have to be an online buy for me.

  29. CigarButcher says:

    Do you think its all marketing or is the tobaccos they use in short supply. Of course the limits on certain sizes of the same cigar such as the flying pig.

  30. Bpope31 says:

    Sounds like another cigar I should try. All these different combinations yet similar names is quite confusing. I guess it’s good that they keep mixing things up though.

  31. pato1001 says:

    You make this cigar sound awesome, I will definitely have to try some of these!!! If I can find them??????

  32. Mr Rojas says:

    Seems like the pig tail or fuse is a popular smoke lately!

  33. kurngar says:

    Awesome review, can’t wait to try one. Good to know that I am not the only one who struggles with getting the bands off a cigar.

  34. Bpope31 says:

    Some are definitely easier than others to get off. Personally if it doesn’t look cool then there is no need for it. Don’t know y but I love cool looking bands. Cao America looks awesome.

  35. Freddy62 says:

    This looks and sounds like a great cigar, can’t wait! The weather is just getting nice enough to smoke outside of my garage/shop.

  36. vscarpine says:

    another pigtail cigar…looks like that may be the theme with newer releases

  37. smokethis says:

    Yaa. this smoke sounds really nice.

  38. Kace says:

    Have been looking for these online. Har to find. Must be to new.

  39. Rob says:

    They are definitely out! My local B&M has them and limiting 2 per customer.

  40. Dirk says:

    Wow.. gone are the days of only a couple comments.. this is great.. and another cigar quest is underway… I really like the pig tail comments.. I was once in Baja Mexico on a fishing trip took down a cigar for each day I was there.. anyway.. I can’t remember the Pig Tailed stick but I forgot my cutter in the casita and decided to “twist” the pig tail off.. ripping the wrapper about and inch up the stick.. not a fun smoke.. Keep it up Byran.. the site is rockin.

  41. Pokesfan says:

    Can’t wait to try this one. Never had one with hints of cherry. Hopefully I can find it at my local B&M in Oklahoma…

  42. playersrun1 says:

    cant wait to try this one…sounds great.

    • Kace says:

      Bryan makes about 95% of cigars he reviews sound good. Lol. A cigar wordsmith he is. Lol.

      • Bryan Glynn says:

        Kace I don’t know if you aren’t getting my emails or just ignoring them but you need to STOP with the fluff comments all over the site. I’m only posting this here so you’ll see it. You are the only one left doing it. Please read the Rewards page and follow the simple guidelines or your account just won’t count for the program.

  43. david121 says:

    I love it when a cigar smokes a lot! adds to the experience IMO lol
    but overall a good review Bryan, I was never much of a Drew Estate guy but this one sounds worth trying!

  44. gary333 says:

    sounds like a good stick, another great cigar by drew estate I’m sure! great review :)

  45. RobinsonV says:

    Very nice review sounds like a good flavor

  46. Swede214 says:

    Hi Bryan, I read “jomo” 4/5/13 at 9:24AM,comment, I will agree with him also, do watch your reviews every day and enjoy them.Thanks.

  47. USA2ndAmendment says:

    Another great cigar from Drew Estate. Great review. I look forward to picking this one up!

  48. haneyte2000 says:

    Been wanting to try one of these… everyone is raving about them. I just can’t find t them

  49. garlar10 says:

    Gotta give it up for Drew Estates. They never seem to get much love from C.A. or the fancy top 25 lists but everybody else just raves about them and they fly off the shelves. Kinda seems like they are cigars for the people. I will have to get my hands on some of the liga privada line.

  50. bwehmann1 says:

    I’ve been seeing these all over my different social medias and makes me want to try one very badly. Gonna have to pick a few up.

  51. OBdrum81 says:

    Got 2 in the mail a few days ago I am chompin at the bit to get at one but, I have got to let it chill out in the humidor for at least a month after its aforementioned travels! Great Review makes the wait even harder =)

  52. Rob says:

    I did a little research and found this regarding this blend

    “the blend has been finalized for two years – however along the way we have kept tinkering with the name (MF-13, UF-13 and now UF-13 Dark…), the length has varied ranging from 5″ to 5.5″ and up until the actual product destine for release, they all previously had finished heads rather than the elaborate neck ring colita.

    All the little changes along the way is the byproduct of our sharing cigars that were/are in development. The only way to not have this minor (and sometime major tweaks) is to not be as open with our development of the LP line. I’d rather deal with the questions than become a secretive.

    BR,

    Steve Saka

    CEO, DE”

    Also saw Mr. Saka state that the blend is exactly the same for the last several years…no mention of different wrappers. I also compared the UF13 and UF13 Dark (purchased today) and the “original” UF13 has a darker wrapper than the “Dark”. I thought some may find this interesting.

  53. Rob says:

    And now found this…I don’t even know what to think now.

    As Saka noted in a comment on Halfwheel, the original UF-13s had the Stalk Cut Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper used on the T52. Along the way, the wrapper was changed to a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Saka said that most of the UF-13 event only cigars that were distributed use the Broadleaf wrapper (and that there was very little distributed with the Habano wrapper). We can infer that Broadleaf is what we smoked when we did the pre-release review.

    As for the name “Dark”, the spec sheet refers to this as the designation of unique high Broadleaf Mediums we utilize on this particular Liga Privada. Other than making a slightly longer vitola with a fan cap, there have been very little changes to blend profile of the UF-13 Dark from those pre-release UF-13s. There is a slight change in the color of the wrapper, but this has been seen on many Liga Privadas. Drew Estate Chairman Jonathan Drew told us once they strive for consistency in texture over color, so that could attribute a reason for the variance.

  54. mrdaveii says:

    Hey Bryan – Ever though of adding some “body/strength” indicators with each of your reviews? I know you generally indicate in the written description, but since this site is quickly becoming (at least for me) a reference site for cigars, it would make searching and indexing easier, no?

    In any case, just throwing it out there.

    Good review – Now the hunt begins to find one of these…

  55. Cliff says:

    I find a lot of the Liga line to be pricey but I like the sound of this one. Will give it a try.

  56. Joseph Szeremet says:

    2 cigar bars in my area just started carrying The Liga line, and I must say they are fantastic. I’m not sure if Drew Estates considers Undercrown as part of the Liga line but those are equally as incredible especially for the price. I find myself becoming more of a Drew Estates slappy everyday.

  57. ggman1023 says:

    I cant find this cigar in any local shops where i live! might have to break down and buy it online

  58. sh40218 says:

    My B&M is a good DE account so they always have stuff in stock. The UF-13 was unusual because the East coast had them long before the west coast. Either way we sold our 5 boxes in 3 days. Lol

    However we did the the Illusione Rothchild in before anyone else. Sold thru 150 sticks in 5 days. Super tasty smokes and a slow burner too. I’m a huge Illusione Fanboy btw.

  59. E says:

    The Liga Privada line, although all being fantastic cigars in their own right, do have an almost annoying amount of buzz on the internet.

    However, I was surprised heavily with the UF-13, one of the best sticks I’ve had in a looooong time.

  60. Mac says:

    I managed to get a hold of one of these and am very anxious to fire it up. The LP No9 is my favorite cigar so I can only assume that this will be good too.

  61. chief791 says:

    I don’t know about you guys but i am tired of trying to find these good “Liga” cigars. I love the Undercrown and can always get them. Trying to find some of these others is getting old. No. 9, Feral Pig, Dirty Rat. Easier to find the holy grail.

  62. ryanryan2120 says:

    I cant wait to get my hands on this one. Sounds like my perfect cigar.

  63. daniel luparello says:

    I’ve heard great things about this cigar. I’m actually very interested in getting my hands on it but none of my local shops have them so I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy one at.

  64. weimerad says:

    I can’t wait for this stick to come out. I love Drew Estate cigars they’re like having your favorite candy bar

  65. jablaze says:

    I have had a couple others in this line and im looking forward to picking this up when my local B&M gets it in, Thanks again for the review Bryan!

  66. irratebass says:

    I had my 1st and only one tonight…..I fricking LOVED it!!!! I had to try it before I actively seek out boxes…yes plural. I love lots of smoke output, that’s a trademark of the LP line I have found (I don’t smoke a lot of Acids and I don’t remember them having a lot of smoke output). I have been waiting till i could actually sit down and watch this review just to see what you thought.

    I didn’t get cherries though, that was interesting.

    Like I said I loved this cigar and now I am actively seeking these out.

    Thanks Byran

  67. jpculp57 says:

    I finally smoked the one I picked up last week and it was amazing! These things are incredible. I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed this. Excellent stick and good review

  68. jomo says:

    I finally said what the he11 and smoke one mine. It took me 2 hrs to smoke and I didn’t have to touch up or relight. I watched ur video on it again to see if I got the same flavors as u and saw u smoke ur in little over an hr. I got good flavor on the draw but the finish was short, I think I’ll let the others rest for awhile before I revitalize them.

  69. Brandonsr81 says:

    I have been looking all over the web for these or any type UF-13 in stock with ko luck.

  70. jcoop says:

    hey Bryan….just picked up a box of these and after they rest for a bit, I am looking forward to smoking them. I just joined the site after watching your reviews on utube for several months. I am very appreciative of these reviews , the sensitivity of your palate and the care you have put into this site! Thanks! I am looking forward to how it changes and more great reviews by you! Keep up the great work, man!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.