Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

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Cigar Details: Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

  • Vitola: Belicoso
  • Length: 4.75″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano
  • Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
  • Blender: Willy Herrera
  • Price: $12.46
  • Release Date: December 2023
  • Source: Wooden Indian Tobacco

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 Unico Serie Pancetta 2023 is a marbled medium brown and carries some thick, but well pressed veins. The seams are smooth and the tapered head is well finished. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional Liga Privada design and denoting the line. The foot band is the blue and bronze Lounge Exclusive band they use and it denotes the year. The aroma from the wrapper is a light mix of damp wood and earth, while the foot brings a mix of cedar and bread. The pre-light draw brings lightly spicy cedar, along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023 is a decent looking petit belicoso. Not sure what the technical size is, but I consider it a petit belicoso. Medium sized veins and firm throughout. Colorado-Maduro to Maduro coloring. Aromas of rich spices, earth, cocoa, coffee, leather and tobacco.
John: The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023 comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. The cigar has two bands, with the Pancetta primary band and a 2023 Liga Privada Lounge foot band. I weighed the cigar at 13.7 grams, and the humidity, as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro, was 63.2%. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet earth, tobacco and light wood. Out of the foot, I could smell faint tobacco and wood.
Jiunn: The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023 has a uniform Colorado maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the torpedo style head is nicely wrapped. Pre-light aromas consist of sharp cedar and dry hay.

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, black pepper and light earth. At a quarter inch in, the black pepper is quite bold and carries a slight creaminess to it. The retrohale leads with zingy black pepper and then allows the toasted cedar and light earth to come through. At an inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the black pepper that carries a light creaminess with some earth in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some leather and herbal spice notes. Tobacco, sweet earth and stewed fruit present as well. Bits of cocoa too. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third begins with tobacco and earth, as mild pepper comes into the post draw after a short delay. Some sweet tobacco establishes itself on the retrohale with an earthy finish. As the first third settles in, sweet tobacco also joins the post draw. A short time later, creaminess also joins the beginning of the retrohale. Creamy baking spices at medium strength come into the retrohale through the bottom half of the first third.
Jiunn: The first third gives a softness in flavors overall. There’s nothing bold about the cigar aside from the medium-full strength (medium body). Some notes of cream, light stone fruits (plums) and cedar. Retrohaling gives a deeper cedar that is also a bit spicy. The finish is uneventful, prolonging the cedar.

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, some mustiness joins the profile. At a half inch in, the earth increases a bit. The retrohale is now an even mix of toasted cedar, black pepper and earth. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, with the black pepper and earth in the middle of the profile and some mustiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third is fairly in line with that of the first. Sweet earth, cocoa, leather and tobacco present. Some fruit qualities with cocoa on the finish. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy baking spices at medium-full strength lead off the second third as wood defines the finish. As the second third settles in, the profile settles into creamy baking spices at light plus strength and wood and earth combining on the post draw. The spices move back up to medium-full as the second third moves along. By the bottom half, the flavor profile has evolved into creamy pepper at medium strength with wood through the post draw.
Jiunn: The second third continues its profile from the first third. Still a fairly mundane and bland offering of cream, light stone fruits and cedar. The stone fruits become less noticeable though, which leads more to cream and cedar. Strength and body is still medium-full and medium, respectively.

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level increases a bit. At a half inch in, the black pepper has moved to the background. The retrohale is now just toasted cedar and light earth. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar is up front, with earth in the middle and black pepper and mustiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third is nearly identical to that of the second. Some mineral qualities present on the finish. Cocoa, sweet earth, leather and tobacco. Sweet spices present as well. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy earth is the initial flavor impression here with a more intense earth lingering on the post draw. Medium to medium-full lingering earth defines the post draw as the last third continues. The profile remains stable with no other strength or note changes to remark on for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: The final third is exactly like the second third, offering cream and cedar. The best part is the retrohale because that’s the only time some boldness in flavors comes through. Strength and body finishes the same medium-full and medium, respectively.

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout, and the ash held on through each third.
Seth: Burn was decent from start to finish. Not great. Wavy at times.
John: The burn was straight through the first third, with some minor waviness through the second third. The burn returned to relatively straight through the final third.
Jiunn: The cigar staying lit was an issue, creating canoeing. I lost count on the number of times I had to use my lighter.

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Solid draw from start to finish.
John: The draw was perfect, right in the ideal zone between open and resistant.
Jiunn: The draw however was perfect, giving the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, black pepper and light earth. The second third saw some mustiness join in and the earth increased a bit. The final third saw the toast increase and the black pepper move to the background. The construction was absolutely perfect. The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023 had a nice, bold start with a good combination of flavors. The profile took a step down in the second third as the earth increased and maintained that level the rest of the way. Overall, a fairly average experience and not something I’d really see myself coming back to.
Seth: The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023 is a decent offering, but a great sized belicoso. I love this petit belicoso vitola. I wish the blend was richer, spicier and fuller. Especially for the size. It wasn’t youth, but the tobacco. The tobacco in this blend is always hit or miss. You have great crops and not so great crops. 2023 may not be great, but I could see future vintages being superb!
John: The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023 delivered medium-full flavor intensity through most of the review experience, with interesting and engaging flavor combinations. Both the burn and the draw were perfect through the review. Given the exclusive nature of the cigar, the price point is quite reasonable and this is something I would happily return to in the future. Total smoking time was surprisingly long at 2 hours and 14 minutes.
Jiunn: Maybe this Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023 should be renamed to blandcetta. For a cigar that should deliver boldness and flavors (based on tobaccos and even naming convention), there really wasn’t any of that. Flavors were uneventful and lacked overall enjoyment. I’ll definitely stick to other Liga Unicos in the portfolio.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.04

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$2.27

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.83

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.35

Cost/Point

$2.33

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta 2023

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