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May 10, 2013

History of Drew Estate and the La Liga Privada Cigar Line

When people hear the name Drew Estate, Acid Cigars is typically the first thing that comes to mind.  However, over the years Drew Estate has really expanded in the Cigar world with the addition of highly rated premium sticks from the La Liga Privada Cigar line.

Drew Estate's

Drew Estate’s

Drew Estate didn’t hit the ground running right away, but with lots of hard work and help from many people, Drew and Samel created a very well known line of cigars.  Drew and Samel got their start in 1995 when they decided to go into business with each other.  As former frat brothers the idea of working together seemed easy, they began by opening a kiosk in the World Trade Center Mall that was only 16 square feet.  The La Vieja Habana was the first cigar they sold at that kiosk.  It was hand rolled by Drew and Samel at La Rosa Cigars in Manhattan.  In May of 1998 after reinventing the La Vieja Habana Cigar, Drew Estate received a score of 89 for that stick at a tradeshow.  They were feeling really good about their cigar and future, but then just a few months after the tradeshow, a hurricane struck Central America causing devastating damage throughout, including washing away tobacco fields, causing a halt to the production of the La Vieja.  Drew Estate’s didn’t see a box of cigars for 8 months after the hurricane.

Acid Cigars

Acid Cigars

Acid Cigars really got their start in 1998 when Drew moved to Nicaragua and Samel stayed in NYC.  Acid cigars are an extremely nontraditional cigar because they are premium flavored cigars.  What makes Acid Cigars flavored is the use of oils, herbs, botanicals and wine. One of the reasons these cigars are so popular is because they are a great beginner cigar to those wanting to enter into the cigar world.  The Acid Cigar brand accounts for roughly 40 percent of Drew Estate’s annual sales and is in the top 5 handmade cigar brands sold in the United States.

In 2006 Drew Estate really started to expand their cigars with the introduction of the mild Chateau Real.  Two years later the created a premium medium bodied cigar named, La Liga Privada No. 9.  The Liga line really drew in a new crowd to Drew Estate and began to score well with Cigar Aficionado.  The La Liga Privada No. 9 was so popular among the cigar rollers that they began smoking them every day.  While Drew Estate’s lets their rollers smoke any of the cigars during production, the fact that they didn’t make a ton of the Liga Privada No. 9 made Drew fear the availability of the tobacco in this now greatly popular stick.  As a result Drew removed the La Liga Privada No. 9 from the list of cigars allowed to be smoked by rollers.  In an attempt to improvise, the rollers began using different primings of the same tobacco used in the beloved La Liga Privada No. 9 so they still had a great premium cigar to smoke during production.  When the Drew Estate’s team discovered this new replacement, they were very impressed and began rolling them for market.  This new blend became known as the La Liga Privada Undercrown.

La Liga Privada Undercrown Cigars

La Liga Privada Undercrown Cigars

The La Liga Privada Undercrown is hand rolled with a dark San Andreas Mexican wrapper, Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan longfillers, and a cured Habano binder.  This premium stick starts off with hits of spice and has some nutty undertones once you get half way though.  Coffee is another noted flavor that appears throughout the smoking of this cigar.  These beauties are rare and tough to get a hold of. When they come around they are typically in a limited supply and usually sell out quickly.  Even though Drew Estate’s doesn’t make very many La Liga Cigars in each production period, according to dollar value, these sticks will soon become their second-biggest moneymaker. Drew Estate has not only won so many people over with the production of their Acid Cigar infused blends, but they are continuing to amaze people with their other premium sticks, especially the La Liga Privada line.  The La Liga Privada Undercrown is a medium-bodied cigar that expels a lot flavor with a cool, perfectly even burn. Expect a medium finish as this blend is perfect for every cigar enthusiast.

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