Let me take you back to July, 2011 – Rolling in the Deep by Adele is at the top of the Billboard charts and Captain America is king at the box office. Your mom was still asking what Facebook was and the world was a simpler place. A little cigar company called Drew Estate rolled out the latest in their Liga Privada line – L40, a “lancer” (yes I shortened lancero for the cool factor) and the world changed forever… That may sound drastic, but in Cigar Dojo’s quest to find, smoke, and review the best and most interesting cigars, no stone must go unturned and L40 is due for a write up!
Now, the story of the L40 is a long one, but I’ll shorten it down to the “nitty gritty” to keep things moving! L40 (Lancero+40 ring gauge) was pre-released and (slowly) semi-released before finally being fully released in October of 2011. Now the L40 has become a bit of a collectors item and fans of Drew Estate will no doubt salivate at the chance to smoke it. I will let no hype get in the way of me giving this Liga a fair review.
Liga Privada L40 Breakdown
- Wrapper: Connecticut Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano
- Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
- Filler: Nicaraguan Cuban Seed
- Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate (Estelí, Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular Production/Limited Availability (450 Boxes created for original release)
- Vitola: 7″ × 40 Lancero
- Price: $12.95 (Originally) $15+ (Currently)
I fancy myself a lancero man and this may be one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The dark, almost onyx color has a veinless wrapper that is not quite toothy but not exactly smooth. The length and size are in great proportion and the cap looks expertly placed. This cigar looks sleek like a sports car! The L40 is a work of art; the wrapper is this dark, beautiful, solid piece of tobacco – very impressive. When cut, the wrapper offers no protest. There are no visible seams or blemishes and the aroma is earthy, with slight notes of oak and pepper.
My first reaction after lighting is that I am impressed by a thick smoke that just pours out of the cigar, even when I am not actively smoking (in classic Liga fashion). I taste dark, rich chocolate with tons of malt. After smoking about an inch, the smoke really opens up – the draw is INSANE, about as close as I have been to a perfect draw. I get loads of fresh black pepper on the retrohale as well as a tinge of leather.
The burn has been nearly razor sharp throughout the cigar and as the second third begins, there is a noticeable change in flavor. I get an uptick in strength and some citrus, as well as a meaty flavor. This is a very complex smoke, with a continuously evolving flavor profile.
As the cigar reaches the final stretch, I get malt and black licorice. The strength has picked up and I get some charred oak/charred meats on the palate. The cigar has yet to cease its great draw and smoke production, and the nicotine has become serious. I don’t usually think of a lancero as a powerful advisory but the L40 makes a case I have a hard time denying.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
This is a cigar I would gladly smoke again, it is certainly one of the more interesting lanceros is have smoked (in recent memory). If you can get your hands on an L40, definitely give it a try, but don’t put it on a pedestal – it is a truly great cigar but not a white whale.
- Beautiful cigar/fantastic construction
- Really interesting/complex flavors with a fun size
- Smokes like a chimney
- Doesn't distinguish itself enough from other Liga cigars
- Tends to heat up too quickly
- Not enough value when compared to the overhyped price