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Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Feral Flying Pig Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, June 21, 2013

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Feral Flying Pig Cigar Review

This 5 3/8×60 semi-perfecto features a rich dark chocolate mottled wrapper with a slight red hue, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, pigtail cap, even firm pack, smooth oily feel and a faint sweet hay aroma. First light reveals a slightly snug draw with good smoke output showing mild musty tobacco flavors and a slight earthy finish. The first third opens the draw to normal right away, producing a good volume of light air smoke with mild-medium wood and slightly sweet earthy notes and a short smooth finish. Starting the 2nd third 30 minutes in, flavors are still unchanged, very one dimensional and plain. Construction is perfect with a razor sharp burn, copious amounts of light smoke and a smooth finish. Dropping the ash 50 minutes in just past the 1/2 way point, the only shift is the body up to a medium and a longer finish. Ending at 1:15 where the nub got very hot, construction remained flawless and the only change to the body was a cream flavor joining in for the last 10 minutes. Thank you very much to viewer ‘walshy’ for sending this in for review!

  • Rob

    That’s disappointing, considering all the hype these have behind them. I figured these to be a full flavor bomb.

  • HerbalJedi

    I see these everywhere but am always hesitant to pick one up and try it, but it doesn’t sound like anything special.

  • TimB

    Great minds….had my first Liga Privada No9 tonight great smoke. I have looked for this one want to try it.

  • mufdvr6976

    yeah im gonna pass………..especially for the price!! PASADENA!

    • smokethis

      Just another over-hyped, overpriced stick from JD. I agree with this review they are quite lackluster considering all the bravado that surrounds them.

      Nice Maxwell Smart imitation B.

  • Jason Isbaner

    I’m a huge fan of the Liga Privada #9 and always wondered about this cigar. Thanks for the review

  • phillyb

    Oh my goodness, I have to stop looking at all these reviews! There are so many good sounding cigars out there that it drives me crazy!

  • phaedron

    Good grief, I have been hanging onto one of these for a special occasion. Now my “special occasion” will be mowing the lawn on Saturday…!

    • Rob

      Lol exactly what I was thinking.

      • jpculp57

        I did the same and was SOOOO disappointed when I smoked mine for my 35th birthday. The evening was saved, however by a wonderful Padron 45th!

    • phaedron

      OK, so I went ahead and smoked mine tonight. And, wow, was my personal experience different from Bryan’s– maybe because I was expecting so little. Taking the pig out of the cello, I found it to be very aromatic, striking me as flowery. Moving through the first inch, the flavors were like nothing I’d ever had before. There was a sweet, herbal taste to it that I never really made sense of. What sprang immediately to mind, and this boggled me, was the El Cortez hotel and casino in Las Vegas. It tasted the way I remember that that place smelling, and that’s a good thing, because I love that place. But it’s just so odd how a smell/taste can evoke something as specific as that. That’s never happened to me with a cigar before. I concur that the flavor never really changed– just gradually dialed down in intensity as I smoked it through, but *FOR ME* it was absolutely terrific. I look forward to trying another of these someday, but I fear it won’t be the same. Simply put, this was one of the best cigar experiences I ever had. That smoke coming off the foot was kind of insane, though…

  • dgrambo

    that wasnt a rave.

  • pipebear333

    Love the Knight Rider music on this review. Actually more interesting than the cigar. Thanks Bryan.

  • Tommz81

    Well that was sad

  • rockjock

    Sounds like a boring cigar. I like flavor!

  • Griff

    Sounds like you’d be better off saving your time and money and just pick up a few Undercrowns. Dissapointing :(

  • vscarpine

    I enjoy most of the Drew Estates so I will def give this a try

  • Kalven

    Too much hype on that cigar. Now the Herrera Esteli…..

  • ptyler

    I tweeted Drew Estate to find out why their cigars produce so much smoke even when resting…the Undercrown and Papas Fritas I smoked did the same thing…their answer was the oily wrappers.

  • rgmenke

    Liked the Get Smart quote. It sounds like the cigar missed it by more than that…

  • juf100

    As much as I hate to question “the master”, I noticed you finished this smoke in an hour and 15 minutes. I routinely get 2 hours out of these. Is there a possibility you smoked a little too fast, and sacrificed the flavor? If I could pick one word to NOT describe the Pig, it would be flavorless..

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      No one said flavorless. No I didn’t smoke too quickly at all. It is what it is.

      • juf100

        Fair enough…

        • jpculp57

          I actually completely agree with this review. The flavors are extremely light. I do not think they deserve the praise they’ve received. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a bad smoke, it’s just not a $15-$25 stick.

  • USA2ndAmendment

    I like the Liga Privada lines. I havn’t had one of the flying pigs yet, but it sounds pretty plain. I have had the No. 9 and T52, and both were full of flavor! My favorite is the T52, but I highly recommend both.

  • kurngar

    Have yet to dump the money on this one, Having had an Undercrown and a MUWAT, and neither was that impressive. I decided to not wast my money on it. I do wonders sometime why I don’t get the times that some people do out of smoking cigars.

  • gtclark

    Well, at least the name of the cigar is interesting…

  • Walshy

    I think you we’re spot on with this one. I’ve had a few of these. Every time wanted it to live up to the hype. It has yet to do that. For $15 a stick I’d rather have a Padron anniversary. Thanks for reviewing it Bryan!

  • yosef5

    Thanks for another good review

  • BCamara

    Ya… I guess I can do without this one. I’ll try the other Liga’s.

  • Craig

    Very disappointing and surprising. The T52 and the No 9 are both so flavorful.

  • Scout Dad

    The No. 9 is one of my favorites, but I was disappointed with both the Flying Pig and Papas Fritas.

    • garlar10

      Disappointing… the no. 9 and T52s I have tried have been awesome but I don’t think I will be buying one of these anytime soon.

  • weimerad

    One of my favorites

  • Dirk

    I have been eyeballing this stick for a couple months in the local B&M’s case, noticing their stock reducing weekly. I have been debating the $18.00 price tag.. Thanks for the review.. I think I will get a couple Flor de Las Antilles instead.

    • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000529939931 Chris Tivnan

      agreed. I love the flor’s.

  • geekfish

    Dissappointing. Considering all the hype

  • sdh3237

    Rats, I have one of these in my humidor and I was excited to try it. Not so much anymore.

    • http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000529939931 Chris Tivnan

      Can’t base your opinion off one mans smoking experience

  • pdaug0511

    Similar construction to the Gurkha Cellar Reserve

  • markbrown247

    I haven’t tried a 60 gauge myself yet. So many others to try but I will get to it. One of my smoking buddies smokes only 60 ring size cigars and I bet he would really like this one. For me, I’ll pass. But this will be a good review for me to introduce him to Cigar Obsession – and hopefully get him on board. Another way to spread the word and share the love for the leaf.

  • dbfr181

    I little disappointed thought this one was going to be a home run.

  • eric.hanson

    I’ve liked the Liga Privads I’ve had before, but considering how pricy this one is I think I’ll pass on picking it up. Thanks for the review Bryan, you save me so much money from buying bd sticks.

  • SportThis

    You just burst all the LP fans’ bubble Bryan.

  • Gigalo de Vitolas

    hmmmm, interesting comments I like the 9’s and could never find these at local BM’s so I won’t bother buying them online either.

  • rpharmrx

    I have one cigar in my humidor I received as a gift from Drew Estate Safari trip in February… I was saving it for later, but now after your review I am going to light-it-up- stay tuned.

  • cassanpj

    Haven’t had the chance to try this cigar, but I always was interested. However, given the not so stellar review you gave, I probably won’t put too much effort into finding this cigar anymore. May try it at some point, I’m conflicted.

  • MaxDuo

    What a shame that this didn’t seem to really have anything impressive in the flavors at all. Drew Estate always seems to have incredible quality control and really good sticks (despite the fact that I still always associate them with infused cigars).

    They also seem to usually have a ton of foot smoke…

    Thanks for the review, Bryan. I’d probably have paid the high price for one if I’d found it to try out, and then been pretty disappointed and possibly a bit angry (not having tons of money and whatnot…).

  • Sinsandman

    I have a box of these I have yet to smoke a single one lol

  • LunchBox87km

    Seams like a good smoke if i find it i might get it

  • MorganGeo

    I had the pleasure of receiving one of these from a buddy and I must say I am enjoying it very much! It is def a smoke bomb! I can’t say its worth the price point but def a good one to try at least once.

  • thecowman32

    I bought three FFPs this summer when I saw them in stock and just lit one up for the first time for my birthday last week.

    I was surprised at the mild to medium body. Not a flavor bomb as expected. But, it was exceptionally smooth and extremely well-constructed.

    Overall, I actually really enjoyed the FFP once I got over the fact that it wasn’t going to be what I thought it would (an amped-up No. 9/T-52/Dirty Rat–all of which I’ve had and found to be more flavorful).

    A word about the strength: I smoked this guy on a full stomach of brisket, ribs, sausage, birthday cake and ice cream…and it still left me pretty wide-eyed for the remainder of the day (I had it early afternoon). No problems while I smoked it, but I felt the effects afterwards for quite a while.

    Interesting that Bryan didn’t seem too affected by the strength, given the cigar’s reputation and Bryan’s preference for medium strength, full body.

    • thecowman32

      Oh yeah, and insane smoke, even for a Liga.



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