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

by Bryan Glynn, April 5, 2013
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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!

  • Rob

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

    • That would be a good trick, they aren’t out yet 😉 Drew Estate said they are just now hitting stores

      • Rob

        Ahh I see this is the “dark” I just checked the sampler I got and it just says UF13. Not dark.

        • neocigaro

          not the same they have different wraps.

        • gajuju

          no its the same cigar.only the boxes say DARK. the labels only say uf13

      • drewestatecigar


        The UF-13s actually started shipping late last week so they are hitting stores.

        • gumby_130

          Yes can’t wait.

      • Brandonsr81

        Just called my B&M, they have them instock for $205 a box….. Seems kind of high to me.

    • puffrey

      Rob- anyway you would be willing to share where you found this sampler?

      • Rob

        Sure. Top quality cigars had them and then sold out super fast. It is near impossible to find via any link/search on the site so here is the URL: http://www.topqualitycigars.com/DE_PACK.html

        I hope they get the other packs in. The only one I could get was the last one with the cutter.

  • stevenknisley

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

  • Larsy

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

    • Must have been a store REALLY close to the warehouse! lol Good to hear!

    • Rob

      The site I got mine from sold out almost seconds after I placed my order…I got mine in time and it’s scheduled to arrive tomorrow. I just looked at the pic on the site and it definitely has UF13 and looks identical to this review. Not sure if there is a difference between UF13 and UF13 Dark.

      • The difference is the UF-13 uses the wrapper from the T52, the UF-13 Dark uses the wrapper form the Liga Privada 9. Both are broadleaf and look almost identical.

        • Rob

          Got it. Thanks for clearing that up.

        • gumby_130

          Bryan do you ever sleep your always reply to every one

          • lol I’m actually tired, I had a morning apt which i try not to schedule, but sill have work to do…

      • Larsy

        Theres a bunch of them leading up to this release. They were originally event only sticks and they are now in production (very limited lol) The sticks went through lots of changes before they were released. There was a 2011 UF 13 (5×52), the 2012 UF-13 Dark (5 1/4×52, the Cigar.com UF13 (5 1/4×52) and then finaly the regular production, the one reviewed here, coming in at 5 1/2×52. Very confusing

        • I think we need a CO UF-13 lol

        • Rob

          Very confusing. UF13 Dark is even on Ebay…must be the 2012…who knows.

          • Kace

            I didn’t know they sold cigars on eBay. Only accessories and evey now and then the seller would throw some stoges in as a bonus but nothing of the buyers choice.

  • eric.hanson

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

  • garlar10

    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

      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

  • Sirfubes

    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!

    • Jason Isbaner

      I have only had the papa fritas as well, they all look good. I need to get my hands on them. Great review, I will now seek them out.

  • mrl4889

    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

  • derek_straus

    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

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

      • garlar10

        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…

  • I definitely wanna get my hands on this one!

  • neocigaro

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

  • TimB

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

  • Walshy

    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.

  • Orrza

    Sounds like a really nice cigar.

  • Kace

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

    • neocigaro

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

      • Freddy62

        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

          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

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

      • LxArkitekt

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

        • MaxDuo

          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.

  • zanlamb

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

    • vscarpine

      i agree 100% and those r the kind of cigars i prefer

      • Craig

        Me too. And if the price is right,….. we have a winner !! Until then, the search goes on for the “Perfect” stick!

  • LunchBox87km

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

  • vscarpine

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

    • MaxDuo

      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.

      • david121

        yeah same with me. whenever i hear “drew estate” i always thing of blondies and infused cigars lol

  • Magicshark13

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

    • MaxDuo

      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.

  • juf100

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

  • yosef5

    I once again enjoyed your review.

  • puffrey

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

  • stevenknisley

    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

  • Mobleyjared

    How long til they are in ga?

  • jomo

    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

      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

        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.

  • Michael

    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.

  • ctigers15

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

  • Kalven

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

    Annoying for us, smart for them

  • DavidKIT

    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

      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.

  • CigarButcher

    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.

  • Bpope31

    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.

  • pato1001

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

    • swj045

      called my local shop and they didnt have any,guess Ill have to go to louisville this weekend

    • david121

      if you cant find them locally, try looking online!

  • Mr Rojas

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

  • kurngar

    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.

  • Bpope31

    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.

  • Freddy62

    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.

    • david121

      yeah i know what you mean, its been a long winter over where I live :/

  • vscarpine

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

  • smokethis

    Yaa. this smoke sounds really nice.

  • Kace

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

    • neocigaro

      They aren’t out yet. You can find UF-13 regular but these are Uf-13 darks. They might be out soon.

  • Rob

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

    • Kace

      They are that in demand!! Wow. Thnx for the info.

      • Kace

        Wait a min, is it the regular or the dark that Bryan reviewed? The gentleman above said the natural is out but not the dark.

        • Rob

          The dark is on sale now. I just bought two.

          • Kace

            Nice I will keep an eye out. Most of the cigar shops I go to have a short selection of DE. I might have to pick them up online.

  • Dirk

    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.

  • Pokesfan

    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…

  • playersrun1

    cant wait to try this one…sounds great.

    • Kace

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

      • 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.

  • david121

    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!

    • gary333

      i know what you mean, i love getting lots of thick rich smoke!

  • gary333

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

  • RobinsonV

    Very nice review sounds like a good flavor

  • Swede214

    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.

  • USA2ndAmendment

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

  • haneyte2000

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

  • garlar10

    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.

  • bwehmann1

    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.

  • OBdrum81

    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 =)

  • Rob

    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.


    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.

  • Rob

    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.

  • mrdaveii

    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…

  • Cliff

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

    • gumby_130

      Not that pricey online, see if you can get a fiver on sale.

  • Joseph Szeremet

    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.

    • I think Drew Estate should just throw in the proverbial towel and change their name to Drew Estates LOL

      • Joseph Szeremet

        Oops! I guess I commented on the false assumption that Drew Estate had more than one estate! Haha! I do love a good typo. 🙂

  • ggman1023

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

  • sh40218

    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.

  • E

    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.

  • Mac

    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.

  • chief791

    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.

  • ryanryan2120

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

  • daniel luparello

    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.

  • weimerad

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

  • jablaze

    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!

  • 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

  • jpculp57

    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

  • jomo

    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.

    • jomo

      Revisit not revitalize. Idk what that was about

  • Brandonsr81

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

  • jcoop

    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!

    • Kalven

      Where did you get them? I have given up

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