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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!

  • 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.

    • Bryan Glynn

      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!

  • irratebass

    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