Saturday, December 10, 2016

Diesel Heart of Darkness review

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Eduador Habano, Oscuro
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 6
Ring: 58
Cost: $7.25

Background: Again I have to give a thank you to Cigars on this cigar. It found its way to my mailbox, by their recommendation, and they were spot on with my normal tastes. It’s another in the line of AJ Fernandez offerings, who is one of my favorite blenders, and specifically is one of the Diesel line. Each of the Diesel cigars has been interesting, and this one specifically is billed as being strong, dark, and rich.

Appearance (0-20):  Following most of the Diesel tradition, the standard script is on the top band with Heart of Darkness along the bottom band. Both bands are in matte black and grey, with a matte gold script on the lower band. The wrapper of the cigar has a nice rich brown color, like that of a dark chocolate. The wrap looks well done and there are no noticeable veins or imperfections.
Score: 18

Construction (0-20): Diesel has made a name for itself in terms of consistency. This one feels solid to the touch and silky. The initial cut was completely clean of debris and the prelit draw was slightly tight. Post lighting it stayed tight through the first third, but loosened up properly. The ash held for about two inches at a time, though the burn line didn’t always stay completely sharp. No touch ups at all needed.
Score: 18

Strength (0-20): Full strength? The answer to that simple question is a resounding YES.
Score: 20

Flavor (0-20): Lighting this one up gave me a bitter and harsh taste. Not a good start. But the roughness evened off within a few puffs and transitioned to a very bitter espresso with hints of wood. The retrohale added a heavy black pepper spice to the palate. The flavor remained relatively steady with some additional weavings of leather, a slight bit of salted caramel, and earthiness. However, the rich espresso with wood and pepper was the real star of the show.
Score: 17

Value (0-20): $7.25 per stick puts this into the realm of a lot of other solid smokes. But its honestly a fair price given the quality of this stick.
Score: 17

Additional Notes: Paired with water, provided by Cigars

Overall (0-100): So this limited line from Diesel definitely lives up to its name – the Heart of Darkness. It’s dark, rich, and packs quite a punch. If you like cigars that are on the heavier end of things, this one will be right up your alley. However, I will warn you straight out that this one is bitter and peppery (even though it’s pretty well balanced overall). AJ Fernandez once again did a great job, and at $7.25 it’s in the correct price range for the power you’re getting. A thank you goes out again to Cigars for dropping this one to me.

Score: 90

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Need a holiday gift for cigar smokers + GIVEAWAY!

Its that time of year again, where people are constantly trying to figure out what to buy for the cigar smoker in their life. Spoiler alert - this one should absolutely be a no brainier! Buy them a trip to Cuba! Or maybe Nicaragua! Or how about an all around the world smoking trip?!

Okay so lets be realistic. The holidays are almost here and there is no way you can just drop a chunk of change on a trip to Cuba (or another wonderful cigar smoking location) without causing some financial questions to arise. But that doesn't mean that you cant at least find something good for your loved ones that are cigar smokers. Holts has put together a nice little section to their site for the holiday gifts, including swag, cigars, and a whole array of fun stuff. Take a look for some quick and easy gifts that wont break the bank! I'm personally eyeing up that Fuente Rare sampler myself...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Black Label Trading Company announces Deliverance Nocturne to ship this week

December 6, 2016 — Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) is pleased to announce they are shipping DELIVERANCE NOCTURNE to select retailers this week.  The Nocturne was hand crafted at BLTC’s own factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.

“We are excited for the second release of Deliverance Nocturne and the addition of the 5x56 perfecto to the long and short salomon vitolas.  These vitolas have been really fun to work with but require a lot of time on the rolling tables.  They are the perfect vitolas for highlighting the richness and strength of the Pennsylvania tobacco,” said James Brown of BLTC.

DELIVERANCE NOCTURNE features a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper with Pennsylvania Ligero and Nicaraguan filler & binder.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua & Pennsylvania
Perfecto – 5 x 56 (20 count) MSRP $10.00
Salomon “Snub Nose” – 6 ¼ x 36 x 56 (12 count) MSRP $12.00
Short Salomon “Snub Nose” – 4 ¾ x 40 x 56 (18 count) MSRP $10.00

Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a “less is more” philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality in small batch, limited quantities.

BLTC cigars are available for purchase through Boutiques Unified.  For more information email

Monday, November 28, 2016

Ventura Cigar Company introduces the Psyko Seven Connecticut

For Immediate Release
Rachel McKnett
Phillips & King International

November 2016 – Inviting cigar aficionados to “Reach into the Dark to Find the Light,” Ventura Cigar is pleased to reveal PSyKo Seven Connecticut, the third blend in its much-admired PSyKo Seven Collection.
PSyKo Seven Connecticut is expertly crafted in the Dominican Republic with an exclusive blend of premium of seven tobaccos. It sits apart from others in the PSyKo Seven collection with its lighter wrapper, serving up a more mild-bodied experience. This smooth cigar invites enthusiasts to disconnect from chaos and commotion, to take a step back from the reality of the everyday, and enjoy a rich, flavorful experience.
Housed in a sleek, black box, and enveloped with a white prescription form that encourages people to “medicate their mind,” there are three vitolas available: Robusto 4.75 x 50, the Toro 6.25 x 48, and the Gordo 6.00 x 60.
“The PSyKo Seven Collection has enjoyed a lot of attention,” says Jason Carignan, Chief Marketing Officer at Ventura Cigar Company. “It’s known for offering up high quality sticks at a great price, earning 90+ ratings from top cigar publications.  It’s a favorite of both the retailer and the consumer, so we added PSyKo Seven Connecticut to round out the line, and give our enthusiasts more to explore, and more to connect with.”
A solid choice to pair with friends and family, PSyKo Seven Connecticut will enrich and relax holiday festivities with a post-meal smoke and a dram of whiskey. All three vitolas will be shipping to retailers in late November. Please visit for additional information.
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About Ventura Cigar Company

Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) is a boutique cigar brand born in sunny southern California that is on a mission to create memorable, complex cigar blends that move the senses and reward discriminating palates. Their flagship PSyKo SEVEN brand unsettled humidors nationwide with in-your-face packaging and multiple award-winning blends that earned 90+ ratings in Cigar Aficionado, Cigar & Spirits, and Cigar Snob. VCC’s other brands include the 91-rated Project 805, featuring rare Andullo tobacco, flavor-infused Pacific Twyst, Estilo Cubano and Pura Sangre.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Santa Muerte ships to select Retailers

October 25, 2016 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce they are shipping SANTA MUERTE to select retailers this week.

“This is our first year to produce Santa Muerte.  It features six filler tobaccos which create a very unique and rich flavor profile. You experience layer upon layer of coffee, malt, spice and cocoa.  I have been working on this blend for a long time and am very excited to share it with the public.  As the name suggests there is a Day of the Dead theme, this cigar is a tribute to those no longer with us,” said James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

SANTA MUERTE will be available in limited quantities at select retailers.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Ecuador Habano
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican, Connecticut and San Andrés
  Corona Gorda – 5.5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $8.50
  Short Robusto – 4.75 x 52 (20 count) MSRP $8.50
Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a “less is more” philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality in small batch, limited quantities.

BLTC cigars are available for purchase through Boutiques Unified.  More information can be found at

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust - Mi Querida Review

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 6
Ring: 48

Background: The folks at absolutely know how to treat a guy right. They sent on Steve Saka’s newest offering – the Mi Querida [my dear / my beloved] and as a spoiler alert I am absolutely excited to give this one a shot. The vast majority of the items he has put out in the past have been great, and if you’re in doubt after the Sobremesa, let’s not forget all that he did in the past with Drew Estate.

Appearance (0-20):  The rich looking wrapper on this one is a nice contrast against the blue and gold bands. From just the initial look, it’s got Steve Saka written all over it. The wrapper is gorgeous and actually is already showing signs of plume. There are very few veins of note. Looking at the band itself, as noted, the combo of colors works. The “Mi Querida” is in a gold cursive script, covering the blue patterned backdrop.
Score: 19

Construction (0-20): The feel of this one is absolutely wonderful. It’s silky but still has a slight oily feel to it. The stick is absolutely firm and well packed, with no gaps of note anywhere. Small amount of debris was found on the cut, but nothing major. Very tight draw to begin, which remained a little tighter than I would have liked post light through the halfway point of the stick, where it then opened up.
Score: 17

Strength (0-20): Listed as medium to full, this one drops almost squarely into that wheelhouse with little exception. It’s got a nice amount of kick without being overboard; overall it’s really well balanced.
Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): Much like most Saka offerings – I have expectations on the flavor. Those expectations were generally met when I lit this one up. Rich leather and wood flavors greet the palate with just hints of spice on the back end. There is a somewhat nutty quality that you can notice begin to take shape a little over a third of the way in. There’s a lot of warm flavors on the tongue too – looking toward some pepper and the kind of spices you would think of with the holidays, namely cinnamon but from time to time there was almost a bit of clove. If those weren’t enough, there is a nice dark chocolatey sweetness that level sets the cigar and makes it whole.
Score: 19

Value (0-20):  Cigars have to earn their price tag in my mind. This one, at around the $9.00 price, checks off that box.
Score: 18

Additional Notes: Paired with water, provided by Cigars

Overall (0-100): When Steve Saka went off on his own and began to blend again, we had all hoped his initial offering, the Sobremesa, would be an absolute home run. Spoiler alert – it wasn’t. While the cigar was a decent and straightforward smoke, it felt more like a 4 pitch walk to first than it did a swing for the fences. This smoke rights those wrongs.

There really isn’t too much to complain over here. The flavor is outstanding. Leather, wood, spices, and chocolate meld in effortlessly. All around the cigar looks great and has a nice even burn all around – with the only real nitpick I have being the construction. This one was tighter than I wanted it to be for a little too long of a time. There is a fine balance there, and I would rather have a cigar that is a bit tight as opposed to one that’s too loose.

Final Verdict – I’m going to be smoking a lot of these. Get your hands on some!

Score: 92

The Cigar - Moments of Pleasure price update!

Previously, we had the opportunity to review the book, The Cigar - Moments of Pleasure. Its an incredibly insightful and visually stimulating book that every cigar lover should have the opportunity to read. We recently received an update from the publisher that it is now being offered on Amazon at a killer price - $20. Since they passed on the message on the savings to us, we decided it should be passed on to you too! Enjoy!

Throw Down Project - Cigar Fed, Reddit & Black Label Trading Company

October 20, 2016 — Cigar Federation, Reddit (rcigars), and Black Label Trading Co. (BLTC) are pleased to announce the 2016 Throw Down Project. 

The Throw Down is a competition between the online cigar communities; Cigar Federation and Reddit.  Each competitor worked with BLTC to determine their community’s final cigar blend. Consumers will be able to vote for which blend they liked the best and it will be crowned the winner.

James Brown, creator of BLTC and Oveja Negra, was excited to be involved in this project and enjoyed working with both communities in the blending process.  Brown stated, “The cigars they chose are extremely different flavor profiles so it might be an obvious choice for some people, however I find it hard to pick my favorite of the two.  This is going to be a tough competition for sure.”

Logan Lawler, owner of Cigar Federation, chose a 7x38 lancero featuring a Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan and Dominican filler.  Logan stated, “I went against the tide with this cigar. Normally, I don’t gravitate toward Connecticut’s but this blend is going to surprise people”.

Reddit chose a 7x38 lancero featuring a San Andrés Maduro wrapper with Nicaraguan filler and a Nicaraguan Habano binder. An Phan, a Reddit moderator said, “Very few factories use San Andrés as well as Fabrica Oveja Negra.  The richness of the flavor will command your attention from the first draw.”

The Throw Down Project will be available exclusively through Cigar Federation HERE. Sales begin Tuesday, October 25th at 1PM Eastern for CigFed/Reddit members and those who sign up for early access and will be opened up to the general public starting at 3PM Eastern.

Bundles will include ten cigars – five of the Cigar Federation blend and five of the Reddit blend. Only 150 ten count bundles were produced. The ten count bundles will sell for $79.95

Black Label Trading Company is re-defining the standards for cigar making. Using each project as a showcase for the technique and tobacco behind their boutique cigar factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Famous Smoke Shop Releases the Seven Deadly Sins Line

Famous Smoke Shop, the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s biggest selection of cigars at the lowest prices, has announced the release of "Seven Deadly Sins," a new, handmade premium cigar line blended and manufactured by Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua. The brainchild of Famous Smoke Shop Vice President of Operations and Marketing, Michael Vandenstockt, and Nestor Plasencia, Seven Deadly Sins represents the online cigar retailer's most ambitious premium cigar marketing project to-date.

Offered in all seven sins – "Lust," "Gluttony," "Avarice," "Sloth," "Wrath," "Envy," and "Pride" – each vitola has been given its own unique blend. As a whole, the Sins comprise filler and binder leaves from Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, and Pennsylvania, while the wrappers, listed in more specific detail below, are from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Cameroon.

Seven Deadly Sins also comes with its own story. Presented on each cigar's canister in graphic novel form, Seven Deadly Sins tells the story of Drake Scolari, "a good-natured, Midwestern farm boy" with a golden voice who arrives in Las Vegas seeking fame and fortune. His dream is soon realized as he goes from street corner crooner to the sin city's most esteemed Elvis Presley impersonator. Empowered by his newfound fame, Drake's success eventually takes a turn for the worse as he undergoes a gauntlet of trials and tribulations that lead to his tragic demise.

"Each Seven Deadly Sins cigar represents a piece of Drake's rags-to-riches-to-rags story," says Famous Smoke Shop's senior marketing copywriter, Gary Korb, who co-wrote the narrative with fellow marketing copywriter, Jonathan Detore. "Though he shares some things in common with the real life Elvis, we took Drake's story to a much darker and more sinister extreme."

The cigars range from medium to medium-full in body, offering a rich-tasting, complex, and well-balanced smoke in a wide array of sizes. A seven cigar sampler was created to try one of each size available.  Additionally, each Sin is presented in refillable, vacuum-sealed humidor canisters of 10 to 20 cigars as follows:

“L” - 6½" x 46 / Cameroon
“G” - 7" x 70 / Nicaraguan Jalapa Habano Rosado wrapper
“A” - 7½"x 50 / Honduran Talanga Connecticut seed wrapper
“S” - 4" x 60 / Nicaraguan Jalapa Habano Rosado wrapper
“W” - 6" x 54 / Nicaraguan Jalapa Habano wrapper
“E”- 5" x 52 / Honduran Talanga Connecticut seed wrapper
“P” - 6" x 52 / Nicaraguan Jalapa Habano wrapper
MSRP per jar ranges from $84.90 to $142.20 (U.S.)

"Nestor Plasencia did a fantastic job in blending these cigars," said Mr. Vandenstockt. "Somehow, he found a way to define all seven deadly sins in the most wickedly satisfying way possible."

About Famous Smoke Shop 
Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

Famous Smoke Shop
90 Mort Drive
Easton, PA 18040

Monday, August 1, 2016

Black Label Trading Company announces Santa Muerte

August 1, 2016 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the annual release of SANTA MUERTE: Hand crafted in Esteli at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Santa Muerte is being released in small batches leading up to its official birth date of November 1st

“We have gone out of the box on the Santa Muerte. Most of our Limited Releases have been full bodied Maduros.  This one is a medium bodied cigar with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.  It features six filler tobaccos which create a very unique and rich flavor profile. You experience layer upon layer of coffee, malt, spice and cocoa.  I have been working on this blend for a long time and am very excited to share it with the public.  As the name suggests there is a Day of the Dead theme and the cigar will be released November 1st to celebrate,” said James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

SANTA MUERTE will be released in limited quantities to select retailers with full production date to be announced. 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Ecuador Habano
Filler: Nicaragua / Dominican/ San Andrés
Corona Gorda – 5.5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $8.50
Short Robusto – 4.75 x 52 (20 count) MSRP $8.50
Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a “less is more” philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality in small batch, limited quantities. 
BLTC cigars are available for purchase through Boutiques Unified.  More information can be found at

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Foundry Chillin' Moose Too Robusto

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 5.5
Ring: 50
Cost: $3.49

Background: Foundry Tobacco Company is one of those fun companies who is always doing something different. Their steampunk (and generally industrial) designs are unique and interesting, so you never quite know what to expect. This offering, The Chillin Moose Too, is the second iteration of their value based lines. The original used a Connecticut rodaso wrapper, whereas this has the broadleaf instead. The other big difference comes with the filler and binder – this is pure Nicaraguan for that portion… the original was a mic from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, the US, and even Mexico. So if you’ve had the original and figured this would be the same – you will be completely mistaken.

Appearance (0-20):  One of the first things that you’ll notice immediately with this stick is the bright red band. It sports a moose pulling a smoking rabbit out of a hat. “Chillin’ Moose Too” is in silver across the label. It’s big, and it’s bold. The cigar itself is rustic and slightly oily to the touch. The wrap is slightly rough, but overall it looks like a decent stick.
Score: 17

Construction (0-20): The first feel on this and I can tell it’s pretty solid. There are no areas that feel improperly packed. Along the stick, there are some minor veins and a small amount of rippling of the wrapper. It isn’t much, but it’s worth noting. The cut had a little more debris than I wanted, but on the upside the drawl was perfect. Post lighting, it ended up being slightly loose, but not terribly so.
Score: 14

Strength (0-20): Medium – and I have to say it really does sit almost directly in the center of the range.
Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): Flavor may not be the strongest on this stick but it also isn’t a detriment in any way. The baseline of the smoke is actually a decent tobacco flavor with some decent cedar. There’s some small bits of vanilla and something like nutmeg. Also a bit of dark cocoa can be picked up from time to time, though not consistently. It’s pretty straightforward despite
Score: 15

Value (0-20):  Honestly the Chillin Moose Too picks up some major points in this area since it is such a reasonably priced stick with solid flavors.
Score: 19

Additional Notes: Paired with water. But honestly I should have taken the time to give this Cigar and Pairing Guide a whirl. I played around with it for a bit and there are some real comedic gems there. Give it a try!

Overall (0-100): Let’s make this simple. This isn’t going to be the perfect cigar. It’s got some construction issues and the flavors are decent though not outstanding. It falls almost literally directly in the medium realm in terms of strength. So with all of the not so great portions, there’s a silver lining. This isn’t one that you are going to be upset about picking up – especially when the price creeps further and further down if you buy a box. I personally see myself picking up some extra of these as a second cigar of the day or one to use when working out in the yard. It’s good enough quality that you won’t toss it halfway through, but cheap enough that you won’t care if you had to.

Score: 84

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Camacho unveils latest addition to Brotherhood Series, the new Camacho “Check Six”

Sorry to anyone reading these - I'm still catching up on all of the news from the past couple of weeks after taking a much needed vacation, so this one is a bit late!

PINELLAS PARK, FL (FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016) –– Camacho, the world’s leading brand of bold cigars, is proud to announce the latest addition to its Brotherhood Series, the new Camacho Check Six.

Built with the impenetrable character of our Original Corojo, Camacho Check Six pays tribute to the unbreakable bond between those who watch their brother’s six no matter what. In honor of those bold individuals who stand side by side to protect our freedom, Camacho deploys its latest addition to the Brotherhood Series with a cigar built from the legendary tobacco we fought to defend. 

Backed by integrity and bound by virtue, this is one cigar that yields to no other. Celebrating those who prove themselves through actions, not words. A rare breed of individuals who stop at nothing to lay everything on the line for what matters most. Always doing what’s right, never what’s easy. Confirming that there are no limits when it comes to solidarity.

“We are very excited about this second release under our Brotherhood Series. While the concept was inspired by a common bond shared amongst the military brotherhood, it is also aspirational for many. We all have those people in our lives that we know have our back. By extension, it is also understood that you have theirs as well. This is the cigar to share with those special individuals,” said Dylan Austin, Vice President of Marketing for Davidoff of Geneva USA.

At the core of the new Camacho Check Six is a tri-country blend of Original Corojo, San Vicente and Criollo tobaccos. These powerful filler tobaccos combine to add a depth of strength, complexity and flavor to the overall experience. The addition of a Criollo 98 binder from Nicaragua amps up the pepper notes, while the Habana 2000 wrapper from Ecuador adds roundness and excellent combustion to the blend.

Habana 2000 (Ecuador)

Criollo 98 (Nicaragua)

Criollo 98 (Nicaragua)
Estelí (Nicaragua)
San Vicente (Dominican Republic)
Original Corojo (Honduras)

Intensity: 4 of 5 (Medium to Full)

The new Camacho Check Six is packed with twenty Toro (6 x 50) sized cigars and features a shareable challenge coin on the lid of each box. Shipping begins in the US shortly after the 2016 IPCPR trade show and will extend across global markets in the first quarter of 2017.

Suggested Retail (US): $12.50 per cigar / $250.00 per box

Camacho is the world’s leading brand of bold cigars, representing the concept of unleashing unmistakable and intense experiences. Infamous since 1962, the brand has become a sanctuary for the powerful, elemental being who seeks to fill their lives with unapologetic good times. A combination of rich heritage, product excellence and a never surrender attitude has enabled Camacho to grow into a brand globally recognized as the standard of full-frontal flavor and full-frontal lifestyle.

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Drew Estate announces lots of good stuff!

Sunday, July 24, 2016 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today the release of Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rats, Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pigs and Tubos, and Liga Privada T52 Flying Pigs and Tubos to Drew Diplomat Retailers. The cigars will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2403) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24 – 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Flying Pig is one of the most sought-after sizes in the company’s portfolio presented in a 4 ½ x 60 parejo vitola and is a favorite amongst collectors. It is one of the most complicated vitolas to manufacture due to the unique size and signature pig-tail which requires specialized training of the buncheros and rolleras at the factory level. Both the Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig and Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig will be packaged in 12 count boxes with production forecasted at 4,000 boxes of each making this the largest release of Flying Pigs in the companies history. The Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut Broadleaf Wrapper, a Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, with filler from Honduras and Nicaragua. The Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano Wrapper, a Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, with Filler from Honduras and Nicaragua.
The Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rat measuring 6 1/2 x 46, features a Connecticut Broadleaf “High” Mediums Wrapper, Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. It is equally complicated to manufacture due to the signature fan tail at the head of the cigar.
From his Safe House in Wynwood, MIami, Jonathan Drew stated, "It is finally time to bring Liga Privada No.9 Flying Pigs and T52 Flying Pigs, as well as those luxurious Velvet Rats to Drew Diplomat Retailers throughout the U.S.  It's important that Drew Diplomats are able to snag these little gems, although we are only going to release them in stages for production purposes, as they are difficult to construct.  Liga Privada Flying Pigs - put some respect on my name."
The Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig was originally released in November 2009 with a total production of 2000 Boxes of 12, while the Liga Privada T52 Flying was originally released a year later in October 2010 with a slightly larger total production of 3,000 Boxes of 12. The Velvet Rat was previously released in October of 2012 at Tesa Cigars, limited to 100 bundles of 10, and in 2015 at the first annual Connecticut River Valley Barn Smoker, and in 2016 through the Drew Diplomat Rewards Event program.
Fans of Liga Privada are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application of Drew Estate – The Rebirth of Cigars which is now available in the App Store for iPhone®, and iPod Touch® and on Google Play™ for Android™. For more information head to