The Drew Estate Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo made its first appearance at IPCPR in 2018. Since then, it has been one of the more hard to find and sought after cigars on the market. At the time, we gave it an impressive 94 in our blind review. Now, this cigar will be regular production at qualifying Drew Diplomat Program participants.
While all Liga Privada cigars have limited production capacity due to the rarity of the tobacco leaves used in each of the offerings, the wrapper leaves from the Connecticut River Valley that stand as the hallmark for each Liga Privada blend are by far the most difficult component to procure. This has been especially true for Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo.
Just one Connecticut River Valley farmer cultivates Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo’s capa leaf, a hybrid derived from Stalk-Cut Habano and Connecticut Corojo tobaccos that’s grown exclusively for Drew Estate. Since introducing Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo cigars in 2018, Drew Estate has only periodically released small batches of them due to the rarity of the capa leaf. Working alongside this farmer, they planted more H99 hybrid tobacco every growing season, and have steadily aged and stockpiled the leaf. Now, they are able to ramp up Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo’s production, and it is regularly available to all qualifying Drew Diplomat Program partners and their customers. Liga Privada H99 Connecticut comes in 24-count boxes with an MSRP of $382.80 per box or $15.95 per cigar.
The H99 Connecticut Corojo is the triumphant result of hybridity, including traits of … dysfunction, functionality, flexibility, adaptability, survival, replicability, and most importantly procreation. In all my 26 years of experience as a tobacco man, I have never witnessed a tobacco hybridization with the depth and body of this Stalk-Cut Habano and Connecticut Corojo leaf. It’s nice to walk into the storage area at the factory and finally see some bales aged and stacked up, ready for production. Get your lighters ready … let’s burn.