I’ve been trying to save this cigar for a special occasion for quite some time now but unfortunately, I’ve given in to temptations and enjoyed one today. I could have tried other great Liga Privada cigars such as the Dirty Rat, the T52 and the often understated L40, but I’ll save those for a different time. For now, let’s see what the No.9 offers and why there’s so much hype surrounding this stick.
- Cigar size: 5 x 52
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
- Binder: Brazilian
- Filler: Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan blend
- Price: $11.00 online
The Liga Privada No. 9 is without a doubt, one of the best looking cigars I’ve laid my eyes on in a long while. It’s toothy and oily wrapper is free from any natural blemishes or imperfections, the seams are near-invisible, and just a few small and medium-sized veins. It’s a heavy cigar with no soft spots anywhere on its body.
There’s a floral tobacco note coming off the cigar’s foot and body while the perfect draw brings in an aroma of paprika and tobacco.
An introduction of pepper on a short finish is what greets you after a few puffs into the first third. The flavor delivery is very smooth, and the flavors themselves constitute quite a sophisticated profile. From there, a creamy cocoa, toast and some fruity after notes blend in to give the first third a unique and very favorable impression.
A very faint hint of nutmeg shows up in the second third, with some paprika aftertaste starting to appear. However, this particular flavor is very fleeting. So far, I’ve noticed that the Liga Privada No. 9′s flavors are very understated but still detectable. It’s a refreshing change from the in-your-face flavor delivery styles of certain cigars.
The last third offers up more coffee and dark chocolate flavors with an interesting fruity flavor appearing every now and then. There’s also a hint of spice that re-introduces itself around the last third, but just like most flavors on the Liga Privada No. 9, it’s nuanced and doesn’t overpower your palette.
If you’re not impressed by the flavors and looks of the Liga Privada No. 9 so far, then perhaps its burn and smoke will provide an added push. From start to finish, the stick’s burn line was razor sharp and obviously didn’t create any problems at all. It produced a LOT of creamy, syrupy smoke just like the other Liga Privada cigars I’ve tried in the past, but the No. 9 offers up a unique cherry aroma that is quite pleasant. The ash was firm and wasn’t flaky, a trait that I’m starting to identify with all Liga Privada cigars, more particularly with the Undercrown.
It’s sometimes hard to be objective when reviewing a cigar that has so much hype and hearsay surrounding it. However, In an industry where only a select few cigars live up to their own marketing hype, the Liga Privada No. 9 can definitely be counted as one of those that actually deliver and follow through. There’s a reason why most cigar shops both online and offline are usually sold out of this particular stick. I don’t think I need to elaborate why, but if I could sum it up in one word, it would be “Great.” Definitely a top shelf cigar for me, and I’m sure a lot of people will agree.