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Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 Pork Beli

Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 Pork Beli

 

 

 

 

 

Back in August Drew Estate announced their plans to release the Liga Privada No. 9 “Pork Beli” exclusively at the Drew Diplomat Retailer, Hyde Park Cigars in Chicago, Illinois.

 

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The Liga Privada No. 9 “Pork Beli” features a Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf Wrapper, a Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, with Filler from Honduras and Nicaragua. Presented in a 120mm x 50 Belicoso in a 10 Count Soft Pack.

The first 100 cigars will be available for purchase at Hyde Park Cigars with Jonathan Drew on August 27th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Limited to one cigar per person, while supplies last.  The Liga Privada No. 9 Pork Beli will be formally released this fall.

 

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From his Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew stated, “I remember when I met Mike and Freddy the first time at a trade show in New Orleans, and how we wrote their biggest order of business with Drew Estate at the time. Hahaha, look at them now!!! They are one of the coolest Drew Diplomat Retailers in the nation, and truly understand our Rebirth of Cigars movement.

When I noticed that the name of this special yearly release was “Pork Beli,” I called my dear friend Pete Johnson, and asked his permission for use of the name, as he already has a Pork Tenderloin and Chop. He was cool, as always, a class act.”

 

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  • APPEARANCE

The cigar is a typical looking Liga, light brown in color with a slight marbleized appearance. Fairly seamless with tooth and vein, the cigar has a rough feel to it. The cigar has a Belicoso cap and open foot.

The primary label is white with two silver lines reading “Liga Privada No 9” in plain black font with “LA GRAN FABRICA DREW ESTATE S.A.”, along the back is the signature Rampant Lion in silver with the number 9. Pre-light aroma had hints of cocoa, brownies and cedar, the cold draw producing flavors of plain tea and sweet natural tobacco.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light flavors of chocolate, cedar and creamy leather with a slight cherry nuance. Distinct flavors of baked brownies with a background flavor of coffee. Minimal black pepper is noted. The retro is producing low levels of white pepper evolving into flavors of cocoa bean.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control the vitola is producing some complex chocolate flavors in the form of rich semi sweet dark chocolate and cocoa bean, warm brownies and coffee which have been consistent since first light.

There is a slight increase in black pepper on the palate in between draws adding a unique long sweet and peppery finish. The retro has increased the white pepper evolving into flavors of raisins and chocolate.

  • FINAL THIRD

The Drew Estate Pork Beli has definitely increased on the flavor profile, oily coffee with an array of chocolate flavors in the form of dark chocolate, cocoa bean, nougat and sweet hazelnut.

In between draws the palate is saturated with milk chocolate and a light dusting of black pepper. Sweet cedar and creamy leather have been consistent background flavors. The retro has increased with an assault on the nostrils with white pepper evolving into flavors of rich dark chocolate.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

The construction of the DE Pork Beli was solid, the draw had the perfect amount of resistance resulting in huge plumes of creamy white smoke. The cigar had a continual smoldering of the wrapper, that’s been a pretty consistent trait to any DE Liga I’ve ever smoked, which produced a thick amount of wrapper smoke.

The ash held tight but easily tapped off. In the final third a few re lights we’re required, however, the burn line was razor sharp. The strength of the DE Pork Beli was in the solid MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse but FULL on flavor with consistent, complex chocolate and coffee notes that had me licking my lips from first light to final duration.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Chocolate Dark/Milk
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Coffee
  • Baked Brownies
  • Hazelnut
  • Nougat
  • Mild Black Pepper
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Raisins/Chocolate

 


Cigars for Review: Purchased – Hyde Park Cigars

Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 120 mm x 50 Belicoso

Wrapper: Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf

Binder: Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina

Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua

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