In commemoration of the Liga Privada’s 10th anniversary, Drew Estate is set to release the first new size (not counting 2017’s 4″ x 32 tins) to the Liga Privada No. 9 collection since the full lineup debuted in 2008.
The cigars will launch alongside Cigar International’s 15th annual CIGARfest, held from May 3rd through the 6th, being available exclusively as a pre-release sale at the Cigars International Super-Store and at the festival as well. As this is being pitched as a pre-release offering, the cigars are expected to become more widely available later in the year; presumably in July, during the annual IPCPR trade show.
The cigars borrow the Corona Viva name from Liga’s lower-tier sibling, Undercrown, which debuted the limited Corona ¡Viva! in 2012 (later using a similar blend for the Undercrown Dogma). Perhaps most noteworthy, Liga Privada No. 9 Corona Viva will carry over the Undercrown’s strategy of amping up the strength of the blend, making for the first disclosed blend tweak to a Liga Privada No. 9 cigar.
Similar in concept to the Undercrown Corona Viva, released in 2012, the No. 9 Corona Viva features the core blend with increased Ligero for a fuller and stronger taste profile.
Despite the name and stronger blending style of the Undercrown Corona ¡Viva!, the new Liga Privada No. 9 Corona Viva will not share identical dimensions, arriving in a slightly-longer 6″ x 46 vitola (compared to 5⅝” x 46 for the Undercrown). The cigars are priced at $290 per box of 24 cigars (MSRP).