Drew Estate’s popular Liga Privada Único Serie Year of the Rat cigar is now available for the third time, with the 2021 edition now shipping to retailers across the country.
The cigars first launched in 2016, paying homage to the Florida Panthers’ 1995-’96 Stanley Cup appearance, then returning in 2020 to coincide with the Chinese zodiac Year of the Rat:
Liga Privada Unico Serie Year of the Rat debuted in 2016 as an exclusive cigar available only at the Drew Estate Lounge inside the BB&T Center, home to the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the team’s only appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. One night, during the 1995-1996 season, a rat appeared in the Panthers’ locker room before a game. Panthers’ player, Scott Mellanby, “one-timed” the rat with his hockey stick, sending it against the wall and killing it. During that night’s game, Mellanby scored two goals … a feat that a teammate described as the “rat trick.” A few nights later, fans began throwing rubber rats onto the ice whenever the Panthers scored a goal, and for that season, a tradition was born.
With the 2021 release, the cigars are largely the same as the 2020 release, using the same gold foil packaging, blend, and vitola. But the boxes and foot bands now read “2021,” helping to differentiate the releases.
From Sag Harbor, New York, Jonathan Drew, Founder and President of Drew Estate, says, “When these dirty Rats first appeared, the only chance you got to catch one was by attending one of my personal Drew Estate events but the Rat infestation has grown to become more accessible to Liga Privada Ratters to snag one of these rare and tasty treats. You better act fast though because this Rat race will end soon!”
The cigars are sized at 5½” x 46 and use a distinct fan-tail cap. The blend consists of Connecticut Broadleaf over a Brazilian binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras.
While the 2020 release was limited to four boxes per participating retailer, the 2021 release is expanded to all Drew Diplomat-authorized retailers across the country, priced at $164 MSRP per 10-count box.