I think the name of this cigar alludes to its snacky characteristics as “papas fritas” means french fries in some language. It’s definitely a small cigar, which means it’s meant for those short times you get during a busy day where you want to smoke but don’t want to break out a normally sized cigar. Also, this cigar has short-filler tobaccos in it and that means they’re not long-filler and that means not “super premium” and that should mean less money and that’s sort of true at least for the Liga Privada line of cigars (it’s actually part of the Liga Privada Único Serie of cigars). Basically, the guys over at Drew Estate realized that they were throwing away a bunch of expensive tobacco they use for the Liga Privada No. 9 line and figured out a way to use that excess tobacco.
(Basically, that’s the reverse of the story behind the culebra vitola, which came about as a way for the torcedores to take three cigars home instead of the customary one cigar that pre-revolutionary Cuban cigar manufacturers allotted for them each day. If you don’t know what a culebra is, it’s basically three cigars wrapped around each other. And the Papas Fritas is the opposite of the culebra because the cigar manufacturer is making more out of something whereas with the culebra the cigar manufacturers were getting less.)
If you want to look at that as Machiavellian then do so. And maybe it is a bit Machiavellian to basically create a whole new segment in the cigar market: what cigar.com calls “semi-premium.” In the end, all that matters is how well the cigar tastes. It looks well made, is oily and has a couple of medium sized veins. I’ve smoked a few of these now and I have not noticed any deficiencies in the basics (burn and draw) so all that’s left is the review.
Vitola: petit corona
Length: 4 ½”
Ring Gauge: 44
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Price: $152.00/Box of 28 | $22.00/Tin of 4
A touch of sweetness, a good deal of earth and some smoky wood. This cigar is starting out very well. There’s a bit of heat that lingers through the retrohale and it is nice.
There’s a great depth of flavor with this cigar. Vivid, dark flavors are bouncing around my palate and linger for a good deal of time. In addition to the flavors that I previously mentioned there’s also this mixture of coffee and chocolate that is awesome. Good deal of complexity with this cigar.
The final third was similar to the second third but with more earth and chocolate. It’s a good finish to a very good cigar.
Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; this is a surprisingly good cigar. I don’t know why I didn’t think this cigar would be good but I did have that thought. Maybe it’s due to its small size and it did have something to do with the fact that the filler is basically recycled No. 9 parts. Weirdly enough, I liked this cigar more than the long-filler No. 9.