Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

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Cigar Details: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

  • Vitola: Rothschild
  • Length: 4.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Brazil
  • Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
  • Blender: Willy Herrera
  • Price: $21.89
  • Release Date: February 2021
  • Source: Drew Estate

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 Único Serie Bauhaus is a marbled combination of medium and dark brown and is very rustic as it is quite lumpy with raised and knotty veins. The seams are easily visible as they are a bit raised and the head appears to have two caps with the top cap lifting on one side. The band is the traditional Unico Serie design and has the line name at an angle in dark blue. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of deeply stewed stone fruit and damp wood while the foot reminds me of tres leches cake as it’s got that condensed milk and cake thing going on. The pre-light draw brings a mix of wood and stone fruit sweetness along with a mid-level spiciness on my lips.
Seth: A beautiful petit robusto, the Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus is finished with a wrapper that sports medium sized veins throughout with plenty of tooth. There is a great maduro coloring, and it has this very dark raisin like coloring. It is firm throughout and I am picking up aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, minerals, rich earth, damp wood and spices. Beautiful aroma.
John: The Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus has a UPC sticker on the cellophane with a tear point that leaves the UPC intact when the cellophane is opened. The cigar wrapper has a rustic appearance to it and I picked up aromas of bread and aged sweet wood with faint raisin hiding underneath. From the foot, there was light raisin and cedar.
Jiunn: The Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus has a rich and hearty Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Veins are well pressed, seams tight but visible, bunch and roll is firm and jam packed with tobacco and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give cedar, dry barnyard and hay. Aromas from the foot give chocolate chips and nuts. Cold draw reveals fudge, cedar and hay.

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with dark wood up front and a mix of mustiness and baking spice in the background. At a quarter inch in, the baking spice becomes a bit fuller. At an inch in, some black pepper has joined the profile in the background. The retrohale is musty wood. As the third comes to a close, the baking spice is now right behind the dark wood while the mustiness remains in the background. What is interesting though is that the black pepper is now just appearing at the end of each draw and has a long finish. The strength in this third was right at medium.
Seth: The first third opens up with rich earth notes that are paired with some maple syrup and molasses like flavors. There are touches of spices present, but they are not over the top but balancing out the syrup and molasses flavors. I am picking up some espresso bean, wood and earthy notes as well. In terms of strength and body, I would classify the cigar as medium-full.
John: The Bauhaus kicks things off with flavors of molasses, syrupy wood and spicy wood to finish the draw. Sweetness with accents of baking spice take up the middle of the profile almost immediately. Creamy pepper moves into the retrohale as the first third starts to settle in. At roughly the 20 minute mark, tropical sweetness pushes through into the profile at medium strength. Approaching the 45 minute mark, a flavor combination of sour and sweet with that Broadleaf chewiness is present.
Jiunn: The first third is heavy handed towards earth and spices. Refined dirt/soil, baking spices and cedar are the main players. There is a very slight sweetness in the form of semi-sweet chocolate. Retrohaling gives increased baking spices, but also gives a nice tart cherry. The finish is a combination of dirt/soil and baking spices. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the dark wood, baking spice and mustiness are all even and there is still a bit of a black pepper finish. At a half inch in, the dark wood gains a slight lead over the baking spice and mustiness. The retrohale remains musty wood. As the third wraps up, all components are back to even while the black pepper finish has subsided. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third went downhill in terms of flavors delivered. It delivered that earth and mineral profile, but the sweetness from the syrup, and the molasses profile faded. Lacking overall with soft espresso notes. Medium in strength and body.
John: In the second third, I was greeted with a creamy sweetness and a citrus and cedar combination to finish. By the halfway point, the tropical sweetness returns.
Jiunn: The second third continues the same feel of earth and spices. Still the same dirt/soil, baking spices and cedar. The profile lost the hint of sweetness in semi-sweet chocolates. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the baking spice mellows a bit as the dark wood and mustiness remain even up front. At a quarter inch in, the baking spice has departed and the profile is just musty dark wood. At a half inch in, the dark wood gains some toast. The retrohale remains musty wood. As the cigar wraps up, the dark wood has gained a heavy toast to go along with the mustiness. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third was very similar to that of the second third. I picked up some mineral and earth notes, and there were some spices and damp wood notes as well. Not overly complex and in my opinion lacking. Medium in strength and body.
John: The last third begins with a citrus sweetness, and earth with cedar to finish. Earth quickly establishes itself on the post draw once the last third has settled in. As the cigar progresses, a mild bitterness forms in the center of the profile.
Jiunn: Nothing new to discuss for the final third. Still dirt/soil, baking spices and cedar with medium body and strength.

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout and the cigar went out once at the beginning of the second third, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: I had trouble keeping this cigar lit. It seemed to go out non-stop. Burn line was a little off, but I was lighting up the cigar all the time so that could play a part.
John: The burn on the Bauhaus was trucking along until it spontaneously went out halfway through the first third, requiring a re-light. Other than that, the burn was wavy at times but required no attention.
Jiunn: Burn performance was flawless. Even burn, solid ashes, cool burning temperature and ample “DE style” smoke production.

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Draw appeared to be off with the cigar. At times, it smoked great, but then I had to re-light numerous times too.
John: The draw on the Bauhaus had some resistance to it, roughly 2-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: Draw was also flawless, giving the best air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar had a nice combination of dark wood, baking spice and mustiness and had a nice progression of fullness through the first two thirds. The final third saw a dip in enjoyment as the baking spice dropped out and some toast joined the wood and built up to the end. The Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus is a nice addition to the Unico Serie and for fans of the series, would definitely be worth trying to acquire some from the European market if you can track them down. I’d have no problem smoking more of these, likely in the evening after a nice meal and I could see it pairing well with a nice brown spirit of your choosing. With all that said, the cost of the cigar is quite high, so revisiting it may be a rare occasion.
Seth: I was really disappointed with the Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus. Aroma was great and the first third had a nice start, but it really went downhill after that. Besides the fact that I had to continuously re-light the cigar, the flavors really went downhill. I am sure there is a correlation between the re-lights and the flavors, but either way it was disappointing throughout. I will need to revisit this cigar as I don’t think this review is just.
John: The Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus is sure to please the European palate, with a great combination of spices, creaminess, wood, various citrus combinations and that Broadleaf chewiness that is always satisfying. The burn and draw were both good, with one re-light through the review and some minor resistance to the draw. I wouldn’t hesitate to smoke another Bauhaus if I could get my hands on them. I think it’s a solid representation of Broadleaf. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 39 minutes.
Jiunn: Having enjoyed last year’s release of Year of the Rat, I expected the Bauhaus to continue the trend of DE making great broadleaf cigars again. After smoking it, I think elsewise. I found the Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus to be too earth and spice forward without having what makes Connecticut Broadleaf great (dense and chewy chocolate-like tones). I don’t think it’s worth chasing down any of these from the European market. Just stick to the solid Year of the Rats.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.47

Cost/Point

$3.39

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.23

Cost/Point

$4.18

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.32

Cost/Point

$3.47

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$3.81

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus
Aaron LoomisTeam Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Único Serie Bauhaus

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