When Drew Estate’s Liga Privada Único Serie Year of the Rat cigar first launched, the cigar’s name took on entirely different meaning. At the time, Drew Estate had recently launched their own smoking lounge within the Florida Panthers’ BB&T Center, and the cigar commemorated the 20th anniversary of the team’s 1996 Stanley Cup run, where their fans became known for celebrating goals by throwing rubber rats onto the ice. Drew Estate launched the Year of the Rat cigar, which was sold exclusively at the BB&T Center lounge.
Flash forward to 2020—a period dubbed Year of the Rat by the Chinese Zodiac calendar. Drew Estate no longer operates the BB&T Center lounge, opting to reintroduce the cigar nationally. Apart from a new gold sleeve, the cigar maintains its blend and format, showcasing a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, fan-tail cap, and 5½” x 46 corona gorda size. It’s not often that cigar enthusiasts are treated to a new, full-fledged Único Serie offering from Drew Estate, and they delivered in spades. This is an intense smoking experience with a concentrated profile. The cigar is punctuated with upfront characteristics of milk chocolate chips, molasses, fresh-tilled soil, and campfire smokiness.
Liga Privada Único Serie Year of the Rat (2020) Breakdown
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Binder: Brazil
- Filler: Nicaragua | Honduras
- Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate (Nicaragua)
- Production: Limited Edition
- Vitola: 5½” x 46 (Corona Gorda)
- Price: $16.00 (MSRP)