Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Liga Privada was no small task. The monumental effort at La Gran Fabrica, Drew Estate's Nicaraguan production facility, ultimately led to two gorgeous smokes, the Aniversario 10, and the H99. The "H" in this cigar's name stands for "hybrid," as the leaves inside had to be hybridized to be grown. Originally, Corojo seeds from Cuba were difficult to grow elsewhere, in places like Florida, Nicaragua, and Honduras. According to Drew Estate founder Jonathan Drew, "Growing Corojo in new climates produced mixed results and much heartache for those who chose to grow it."
But from tragedy comes innovation.
The Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 blends the best characteristics of Connecticut Broadleaf and Corojo and then adds in a Mexican San Andreas negro binder for rich flavor. The hybridized leaf keeps all the spiciness and strength you'd expect from Corojo, but can actually thrive in places where it needs to thrive. In the words of Drew Estate master blender Willy Herrera, "This leaf is unique." Expect lots of bite and spice in the beginning, leather and subtle sweetness in the middle, and a treat of black licorice or even clove at the end. Another very fine top-shelf smoke! We'd expect nothing less in a Liga Privada cigar.
Sampler Includes the Following Cigars:
Drew Estate Ultra Rare Sampler includes 1 each of the following:
Herrera Esteli Habano Toro
Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Toro
Herrera Esteli Miami Toro
Lounge Exclusive Herrera Esteli Habano Box Press Toro Especial
Joya de Nicaragua Dos Cientos Anos
Liga Privada H99 Toro
Undercrown 10 Toro
Lounge Exclusive Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro Box Press Toro
Undercrown Maduro Box Press Dogma
Herrera Esteli Norteno Toro
Awesome variety of sticks. Purchased another a hour later.
4 Stars for Service
So far, 2/10 cigars that I have smoked from this pack her unraveling within the first 5 minutes. However, my 4 star review is because the customer service to replace the poor quality H99 with a nice H99, was quick and appreciated. I hope the rest of the cigars stay constructed.
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