Cigar Review: Drew Estate Unico Series L40
Cigar: Drew Estate Unico Series L40
Size: Lancero (oversized) (7 x 40)
Wrapper: Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Price: $13 msrp
Drew Estate’s “Unico” series is the brand by which the makers of Acid, and Liga Privada release their small batch series of cigars. The “Dirty Rat”, a previous “Unico” series release was a very fast seller upon it’s original and sold out at my local B&M the first day or two (luckily I was able to grab a few boxes). Unfortunately I wasnt so luck when the L40′s came out and could only get a few singles. The L40 gets its moniker from its size; the “L” representing the lancero format and the “40″ representing the ring gauge. Classic lanceros are a bit smaller at 38 rg.
Enough with that, how’s the Cigar:
Appearance : (1.9) The L40 is a stunning cigar to look at. The Conneticut Habano wrapper is dark with some really graininess to it, a number of veins, and a good bit of toothiness. The cigar is slightly oily to the touch as well. The name band is simple and elegant at the same time with the Unico crest on one side and the L40 in a handwritten style of font on the other.
Burn: (1.9) The L40 took a few toasts of the foot to get going. Once it did it was spot on. This is really a wonderfully crafted cigar. The construction remains good as the burn line stays true and the draw has just the right resistance
Flavor: (2.6) As I light the l40 I get a medium coat of spice on the palate which quickly gives way to a wonderful rich tobacco taste intertwined with flavors of earth, dry cocoa and pepper. About an inch into the smoked get a blast of that charred cherry I picked up in the pre-light. The flavors are so rich and distinct….this is exactly why I love Liga Privada/Unico series cigars…..they can be damn tasty!
Smoking into the second third the flavors haven’t diverged much, rich tobacco, earth, dark cocoa, and the smattering of roast cherries. I’m loving the flavors and finding myself struggling not to burn through the cigar too quickly.
Heading into the final third the flavors remain constant with the occasional burst of roast cherry. Smoke production through the entire smoke has been plentiful, especially for a Lancero. The retrohale has matched the flavors on the palette. Lots of earthy tobacco, dry cocoa, and more. If there is a knock on the flavor it is that it is incredibly rich and not very complex. The various flavors scream at you. I dont mind that but some smokers prefer a more refined tasting experience.
Overall: (2.7) When Drew Estate is on their game they produce fantastic cigars Liga Privada 9& 52, Flying Pigs, & The Dirty Rat, to name a few. The l40 is right there with the others. This small batch production cigar, while not particularly complex, is rich in taste and the construction of each one I have smoked has been perfect. The flavors have been defined, rich, and full.
I for one will gladly trade off complexity for taste, especially where the L40 is concerned. If you are a Drew Estate or Lancero fan do not miss the opportunity to get these when you see them.