Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

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Cigar Details: Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

  • Vitola: Petite Corona
  • Length: 4.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 44
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: H99 Connecticut Corojo
  • Binder: Mexican San Andrés Otapan Negro Último Corte
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras and Pennsylvania Green River One Sucker
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
  • Blender: Willy Herrera
  • Price: $7.50
  • Release Date: June 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas is between light and medium brown and has some decently raised veins present. The seams are a bit raised and the head is finished off with a thick twisted stump. There is only a foot band that is primarily white with the vitola name on front and the line name on back. The aroma from the wrapper is primarily earth with some general wood notes and the foot brings cedar and earth. The pre-light draw brings cedar and stone fruit sweetness.
Seth: For what the Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas is, it is lovely. Nice toothy wrapper that has a solid Colorado coloring. Red clay in appearance. Veins visible. Aromas of rich earth, tobacco, warm spices and wood.
John: The Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker attached to the main cellophane body to remain intact. For additional artisanal complications, the cigar has a twisted fuse style cap which broke off as I was removing it from the cellophane. There is a single Papas Fritas H99 foot band. I weighed the cigar at 8.6 grams and the humidity was measured by the HumidiMeter Pro at 62.6%. Aromas from the wrapper included a sweet vegetal and tobacco combination with faint dusty tobacco underneath. From the foot, I was getting sweet prune and tobacco with some dusty tobacco as well.
Jiunn: The Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas has an overall rustic look to the Colorado wrapper shade. Veins are roughly pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll a tad lumpy and the head flare is applied well. Aromas from the wrapper tell of cedar and dirt graininess. Aromas from the foot reveal the same but with added black pepper spice. Cold draw provides hay and soft cedar.

Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted oak, earth and black pepper. At a quarter inch in, the black pepper lets you enjoy the other notes first and then comes flooding in, pretty bold. The retrohale is toasted oak, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper eases up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak is up front with earth a bit behind and black pepper just a bit further behind. The strength was slightly above medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with this nice tangy fruit bread quality that is paired with mocha, rich earth, tobacco and warm spices. Medium to medium-full in strength and body. Nice level of flavors and complexity. Smokes cool and balanced.
John: Light plus sweet tobacco starts things here with a nutty wood on the finish. Creamy wood is present on the retrohale. The first third continues to evolve with mild, sweet tobacco and light plus spices both on the retrohale. Mild chocolate develops on the retrohale as it progresses.
Jiunn: The first third has a nice bouquet of flavors. Toasted cedar, black pepper spice, mild cream and fruitcake qualities. Retrohaling brings out the spice a bit more but it’s still pleasant. The finish is quite clean with lingering toasted cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper loses some it’s vibrancy and is a bit dull, but still in the middle of the profile. At a third of an inch in, the black pepper regains its former glory. The retrohale remains toasted oak, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch in, the toasted oak and earth are now even up front as the black pepper mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak and earth are even up front with the black pepper just behind the middle of the profile. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third is fairly similar to that of the first. Fruit bread notes with some rich earth, tobacco, mocha and warm spices. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: Nuts and wood combine to start the second third. Creamy, sweet tobacco defines the retrohale with a wood finish. Chocolate comes into the retrohale again as it settles. There was no more flavor evolution through the second third as it remained consistent.
Jiunn: The second third shows a continuation of the first third. Still a good meld of toasted cedar, black pepper spice, mild cream and fruitcake notes. The finish adds a little black pepper spice, but it’s still very clean. Strength and body is still overall medium.

Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper picks back up. The retrohale remains toasted oak, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper is now right behind the toasted oak and earth. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted oak and earth were even up front, with the black pepper right behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third actually opened up some and I got more defined dark chocolate notes with espresso beans. Tangy fruit bread qualities with damp wood, rich earth and tobacco. Warm spices on the finish. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: Sweet wood starts the final third. As the final third continues, the profile is largely wood forward with no other supporting notes to remark on.
Jiunn: The final third shows a deterioration of the flavor profile. The main flavor I get now is just toasted cedar with nothing else to really engage my interest. Given how small the cigar is, this is a bit of a disappointment. Strength and body is still medium.

Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout and the ash held on through each third.
Seth: Burn was perfect throughout.
John: The first third was fairly straight and that continued through the second third as well. The last third had some waviness but no interventions were required.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect and cool to the end.
John: The draw was at most one notch towards the resistant spectrum, putting it in the ideal range for an amazing draw score.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted oak, earth and black pepper. The second third saw the black pepper become dull for a bit and then returned back to it’s previous level shortly thereafter. The final third saw the black pepper move up to right behind the toasted oak and earth. Construction was absolutely flawless. The Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas had a nice start with a vibrancy to the flavor components. It took a step back in the second third as the pepper became dull for a bit and maintained that level the rest of the way. Not a bad cigar for this smaller vitola and low price point. Not something I’d come back to all that often, but when the situation calls, it’s not a bad option.
Seth: This Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas is a fun smoke that delivers a ton for what it is and how cheap it is. I loved the profile though, I can see some not caring for it, and I think the vitola is great. It is small enough to deliver the flavors of this blend and not have it become too much or monotonous. I have smoked a handful of these, and they are all great.
John: The Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas had some interesting and standout flavor combinations in the first third. The second third was still pleasant but didn’t evolve as it progressed. The last third was primarily wood driven until the end of the review. Both the draw and burn were scored as amazing. I’m of two minds on the Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas. On one hand, the flavor profile is above average, but it’s enjoyable enough without any unbalanced flavor notes at a price point that makes it attractive as a daily cigar. Total smoking time was a whopping 1 hour and 42 minutes.
Jiunn: I really enjoy small platform cigars like this. It brings back memories of smoking a lot of Cuban cigars where you get a variety of flavors in short smoking periods. The Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas delivers that, having a shorter but worthy smoking experience, delivery of on point flavors. But the price point of $7.50 seems a bit pricey for such a small cigar. But then again, not many quality short smokes are out in the market.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
GoodPre
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Very GoodPre
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GoodPre
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Good
GoodFirst
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GoodFirst
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GoodFirst
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Good
AverageSecond
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.23

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.88

Cost/Point

$0.95

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.23

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.10

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo Papas Fritas

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