Liga Privada Papas Fritas

This is a cigar review of the Liga Privada Papas Fritas, which is a part of the Unico Series within the Drew Estate Cigars brand portfolio. The size chosen for this review is the Papas Fritas (Corona). The cigars is made up of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan and Brazilian tobaccos. This is a full bodied smoke and goes for about $5.25 at a cigar shop.

Construction/Appearance:

This is a nice dark chocolate colored wrapper with glowing shades of orange as the light hits it. A really marbled like effect on the wrapper with plenty of veins visible and seams are evident. This cigar is finished with a tiny stem hanging off the cap.

Pre-Light: 

Aroma – Chocolate and Spice

Type of Cut – Straight

Cold Draw – Raisin 

After Toast:

First Half – Toast, tangy cedar, espresso and leather all start this smoke off upon light with a salty like finish. Some espresso and oiled leather like notes mix with spice once this gets going. Towards the end of the half the cigar gets real earthy. This is a full bodied smoke. The burn is sharp and ash holds through the halfway point.

Second Half – Chocolate, spice and a licorice like note come into play here. Really different from the first half. Love the change. The body of the cigar remains full. The burn remains sharp and ash falls right after the beginning of this half. 

Suggested Pairing:

Scotch – Macallan 15yr.

Wine – Chateau Haut Cadet St. Emilion Grand Cru 

Overall Experience:

This Liga Privada Papas Fritas is the tale of two halves and let me tell you they both were fantastic. Both had a very different pronounced flavor profile that we enjoyed immensely. You go from the first half having the masculine notes then plow straight into a nice dessert like finish in the second half, which made for an awesome experience. I would recommend this to any aficionado who truly enjoys some complexity.

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