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post #1 of 18 Old 10-28-2012, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Liga Privada No9. Toro Review

Thank you for reading my review on this cigar. I was surprised as popular as these cigars are there were almost no reviews posted up on them. So keep watching, i will be reviewing a handful of different Liga's including some of the HTF Unico's. The review you are about to read is all my own opinion of the cigar and what i can describe to you. This is my first official review on Puff, now lets get started.

Cigar:Liga Privada No9
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Broadleaf Oscuro
Cost: $13.25
Drinking: Macallan 12 yr.

Humidor conditions:
RH: 67%
Temp: 72 F (Texas)

Appearance
This cigar has a very dark wrapper slight tooth and minimal veins. The construction looks great, the cigar is lite yet very firm.
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Pre light Draw
After cutting the tip, the pre light draw reveals bakers dark chocolate, and a rich tobacco flavor. The draw itself is easy, almost perfect, not too easy to but just enough resistance to not cause problems.

First lite
I used my triple flame torch to toast this cigar, i am immediatley greeted by plumes of thick chewy smoke, Earth tones are dominate with pepper and a bit of spice on the ex-hale. Retrohale really opens up the pepper flavor in the first portion of this cigar. Smoke is heavy in the mouth, very thick and rich.
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First 1/4
Like most Liga Privadas this cigar is pouring smoke off the end, but it does not seem to effect the burn time or the smoke output. I wouldn't recommend smoking this cigar indoors, unless your in a well ventilated room. The pepper has taken a back seat, it is not entirely gone but it has been overcome by a bit of sweetness, like dark bakers chocolate. Earth still dominates the smoke, but the mixtures of the chocolate and light pepper are very nice. An oily slickness stays in the mouth on exhale and washes the draw flavors thought the mouth. The retrohale is nice and smooth now, just a hint of pepper but the sweetness is more pronounced in the retrohale. Over all start is Full body.

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1/2 Point
The main flavors have all merged into what now I can describe as a thick creamy espresso. Smoke remains thick and chewy in the mouth, almost like drinking a Guinness, still leaving a nice oil slick over the mouth on the finish. Still putting off loads of smoke but not effecting the actual draw smoke output, or the burn time. The pepper is has almost completely went away, it faded away then came back for a minute and left again, very interesting. Body has backed down to medium.

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3/4 Point
Flavors have maintained the same profiles as they did at the 1/2 point. A bit more of pepper has accompanied the creamy espresso It has developed into a very nice blend of rich flavors yet balanced well on the strength and body. The band on these is abnormally hard to pull off in one piece. I have smoked several Ligas and almost everyone of them have this problem. It is definitely full in flavor and coming back up to a medium/full in body.

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Nub (everything past 3/4)
Still maintaing the earthy, creamy espresso flavors, very rich thick chewy smoke. Pepper has come back and a bit of heat is left in the mouth on the finish, likely due to this cigars short life left. At about an inch and a half left the heat has overcome the majority of the flavors and is beginning to dilute the flavors, so this is where i will end the review.

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Burn and Ash:
The burn throughout the cigar was near perfect, did not require any attention. The ash was light grey and would hold on for about 1-1/2 to 2" then fall off. The ash is delicate so be careful, it can be knocked off easily or fall unexpectedly. Total smoking time was 1 hour 38 minutes.

Final thoughts:
The overall experience was a great one, there was very noticeable shifting and changing flavors. The mixture of the creamy sweetness yet heavy smoke was great. Draw was perfect as well, plenty of smoke output, enough to keep anyone happy. What more can you ask for in a cigar than a flawless performance? The price is a little steep, but you get what you pay for...the smoking experience is worth the cost IMO. There may be cheaper alternatives, but none of them can come close to this cigar's overall performance and wonderful production of flavors.


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post #2 of 18 Old 10-28-2012, 04:34 PM
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...Smoke remains thick and chewy in the mouth, almost like drinking a Guinness...
I love this part my mouth is watering as I type!
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Good review!

I'm no fan of Guinness but I do like the other flavors in this cigar. I'm excited for when I manage to have one.
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Re: Liga Privada No9. Toro Review

Fantastic review Kevin, thanks! I bought a box of these and was really let down at first after enjoying a belicoso in the store, but now that they are a couple months old and coming into their glory. I'm wondering how much rest you gave yours before this review.. thanks again!
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Fantastic review Kevin, thanks! I bought a box of these and was really let down at first after enjoying a belicoso in the store, but now that they are a couple months old and coming into their glory. I'm wondering how much rest you gave yours before this review.. thanks again!
It had about 2.5 months rest after I got it from my B&M. I would revist it and try to give it your undivided attention. That's when I can really enjoy a cigar and divide and identify the flavors.
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Best cigar ever!

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I keep hearing all the rave of this cigar. I need to try some of these puppies sometime.
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Great Review Bro!!!
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Nicely done, thanks for putting together this review. And you're right, those bands are so frustrating!
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Nice review! Glad to know what all the hype is about.
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