JC Newman

January 26, 2021

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Bauhaus (114mm x 50 (4 1/2 x 50))

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Drew Estate has announced its first exclusive Liga Privada release for the European market. The company says the Liga Privada Unico Serie Bauhaus is now en route to European distributors.

Bauhaus is a 114mm x 50 (4 1/2 x 50) Short Robusto that consists of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Brazilian binder, and filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua. The cigars are packaged in blue 12-count boxes with gold embossing.

In a press release Jonathan Drew, president and founder of Drew Estate commented “Today we honor the Bauhaus design theory of form and function, and its impact on our mindset when creating beautiful products such as Liga Privada. Europe … get ready cause I’m talking directly to you!! We can’t wait to share this mega unique creation with our BOTL on the other side of the pond and beyond.”

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Brazilian

Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate

Vitolas Offered

Short Robusto: 114mm x 50 (4 1/2 x 50)

The cigar is very dark; almost black. The band is rather plain but it still has the gold embossed Drew Estate logo. Even the filler tobacco is dark.

The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless; perfect. The initial flavors at light up were a noticeable espresso, chocolate, orange citrus with apricot notes, brown sugar, and nutmeg. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. A very nice sweet, dark start.

At the first third (22 minutes) the flavor notes are exactly like they started. But, there is now also a note of caramel which adds some nice sweetness. The nutmeg is very thick but does not detract from the other notes. It acts as a bridge between the nice sweet notes and the darker notes of chocolate and espresso. The chocolate is now more of a sweet dark chocolate. The black pepper seems to be edging up. The lingering black pepper is very good. The finish is one of nutmeg, black coffee, and hints of apricot. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The first third is very tasty. I rated it 95.

As I moved through the second third (44 minutes) I found it very hard to note any changes. In fact, the cigar i still the same great tasting cigar. Even the strength has not changed. It's still medium to full bodied. I really thought it would jump up but it hasn't. There are plenty of sweet notes and plenty of dark notes. And they mix very well. I easily held 95 for the second third.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 2 minutes. A very good one hour cigar. And the cigar has still not changed. This is a little odd. Most cigars move up or down, even it it's only a little. But this one stayed solid. Very consistent. And, most important, very good. I still had notes of citrus, apricot, brown sugar, caramel, nutmeg, dark chocolate, and espresso. The pepper was still very good. And, would you believe the strength has not changed? The cigar is a high grade medium to full bodied but it's not full bodied. The finish may have actually improved. There is more of the apricot sweetness to go along with the nutmeg and black coffee. The lingering black pepper is very good. I rated the final third 95. This is a very good cigar. Note that it's a European exclusive release so if you're in Europe be on the lookout for these. Hopefully they will make their way to the US at some point.

Overall Score: 95

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