Here I sit in the backyard smoking this Liga Privada No. 9 Parejo Oscuro wandering whether or not this is still legal. This isn’t some idle curiosity either because I think the guy in the police helicopter circling above might be able to see me. If this review is short you now know why.
This cigar looks wonderful. The Connecticut wrapper, grown domestically (who says we don’t create things anymore?), looks wonderful. No blemishes and it has a uniformly warm brown color to it. A web of small veins wraps its way around the cigar but that does not give me any cause for concern.
In the past I reviewed the Liga Privada No. 52 and I absolutely loved it. But it’s a different cigar as this one. The 52 is spicier while the 9 is not. Both are good though, but how good is the Liga Privada No. 9?
Ring Gauge: 52
Filler: Honduras & Dominican Republic
Price: $12.00/Single | $290.00/Box of 24
John Muir Torch!
It starts out well enough. Earthiness is the core to a pretty lively flavor spectrum. And the flavors don’t just come in and sit down like the phlegm on that commercial. The flavor here is hopping around and keeping you interested. My only complaint thus far is that it feels like this cigar is holding some flavor back during this third.
The second third improves on the first in terms of flavor. Bigger flavor along the lines of earth, sweet coco, leather and some other variations of flavor along those lines. Really, this is an excellent cigar if you like those flavors. It’s an excellent cigar even if you don’t normally love those flavors even.
The final third brings on a slightly different flavor profile with the earthiness taking on a more dusty feel to it. The main flavors that I went over in the last paragraph are pretty much the same during this third. Even though I do not get a lot of evolution in the flavor profile from start to end there is a good deal of complexity in the flavors.
I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar even though my tastes tilt more towards spiciness. It’s a medium-full bodied cigar with a great draw and burn. This is a good cigar to treat yourself to from time to time.