Liga Privada UF-4

6-10-13 been in humidor since 7-12-12
Liga Privada UF-4 by Drew Estates (6 x 52)
Wrapper: Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano
Binder: Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Nicaraguan
Blender: Johnathan Drew

During the blending process of any cigar, there are many test blends. These blends get smoked and tweaked until the final blend is decided on. The Liga Privada T-52 line was no different. When trying to decide on one of two similar blends known as the T-52-3 and T-52-4 that could potentially become the T-52, Johnathan Drew and Steve Saka actually liked the T-52-4 blend better. The only reason the decision was made to go with the other blend was that it was believed that the T-52-4 blend was a bit too powerful for the nuances they wanted to present to the public. The only real difference is that the T-52-4 blend contained a higher percentage of ligero leaf.

The T-52-3 came out to the general public as the T-52 and the T-52-4 blend was unheard of. But Johnathan Drew actually kept producing the T-52-4 for personal consumption and to keep them from getting confused with the T-52, he renamed them from the T-52-4 to the JD-4. The JD-4 made it out into the public as gifts to friends, at events, and visitors to the factory. As the word got out about them, Johnathan Drew decided he didn’t want the cigar to have his initials as the name so he renamed the cigar as the MF-4. The “MF,”  in true JD form, represented the strength that the cigar had and stood for exactly what you think it does. “mother f….” This is all fine and good for a release in the cigar world (dont forget about the Forbidden X BBMF put out by Fuente), but out of respect to My Father Cigars, the name was changed from MF-4 to UF-4 with the “UF” standing for “Unico Fuerte.”  (solitary strong)

The UF-4 cigar is Part of the Unico line, where every cigar was designed for a very specific vitola UF-13, UF-4, L-40, Papas Fritas, Ratzilla, Dirty Rat are all only available in one size. Almost all of these cigars are derivations of the Liga Privada lines but are reblended, tweaked and changed to fit the vitola best while retaining an individuality for each cigar. The regular production lines of the Liga Privadas will all taste like their line and are blended to do so. The UF-4 and the UF-13 are almost identical save for a few minor changes in presentation and it is claimed that most people (even the good folks at Drew Estates) would not be able to tell the difference in taste of the two blends if blindfolded.

This cigar looks like the standard Liga Privada release. By that i mean, it has a dark oily wrapper with tight seams, everything looks expertly rolled with clean lines and a beautiful cap. The band is the classic Liga Privada style like the No.9 and the T-52 save for one thing, the letters on the back are UF-4.

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the cigar feels solid in the hand and it has some weight to it. The smell leans to a barnyard note with a bit of dust (like a dry old attic). The lick on the cap is surprisingly sweet but fairly one dimentional. When the cap is cut with my Xi2 the draw is absolutely perfect. Licorice and coco notes are light on the cold draw. It is very nice and surprisingly refined given that this is just the T-52 with more ligero.

I light with my soft flame.
The first few puffs of the UF-4 are woody, sweet and surprisingly smooth.  There is a very light spice. The woody notes remind me of a flame charred bourbon barrel. As with every Liga Privada I have ever had, smoke pours off of the foot continuously. It is almost surprising how much smoke is produced. I find it very entertaining. As the cigar settles in, a dark roasted bakers chocolate note develops. The charred bourbon barrel notes are still there but have taken a back seat to the more refined roasted bakers chocolate. Through the nose there is a decent amount of burn but in moderation there is more of the smokey chocolate. Its a deep rich flavor. A mild spice on the finish develops late in the first third. There are a few minor burn issues in the first third that are easily corrected with a corrective light. I find that the ash is falling faster than expected as well. No crisis overall.

The middle third brings on some that power. It is not overwhelming but it is there. The burn is still an issue but the flavor is still good. It is a bit woodier and the coco notes have faded a touch. A warm gentle spice is coming out to play. Its a nice addition. Beyond that the flavors are not changing much. Its fairly static. Good thing it is enjoyable. The finish is a bit long but it is also good so I don’t mind.

The final third is more creamy in texture. This brings a chocolate milk quality to the coco notes especially on the finish. This last third is a bit more in your face but the spice has not ticked up at all.  Almost all the spice is through the nose. The strength of the cigar keeps me smoking even slower than I normally do. This third reminds me most of the T-52, and that happens to be my favorite of the regular production Liga Privadas. It is clear that the burn issues are a reoccurring issue in this particular cigar. I wish this was not the case because it is fairly distracting; it feels like I can’t truly enjoy it without a touch up.
The cigar ends like this.

Burn to the nub
Time: 2 hours 15 min

burn: 8
draw: 10
taste: 9
aftertaste: 9
construction: 9
balance: 9
feel: 8
overall: 8.9

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~ by kuzi16 on June 11, 2013.

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