The Liga Privada UF-13 Dark was released last month as the latest in the Unico Serie of this much ballyhooed line. The UF-13 Dark uses the same stalk-cut Habano as the T52, L40 Dirty Rat etc… and is wrapped in a beautiful, dark, true Connecticut Broad-leaf. I am always excited when a new Liga comes out because A) they are usually pretty good B) they have been pretty creative in blending a nice variety of flavor, body and strength while maintaining a distinct style and C) They sell like hot-cakes!!! The marketing, scarcity (perceived or otherwise), not to mention the quirky names have kept these cigars in high demand and that drives customers into the store!
I’m not a groupie or a geek, I’m a retailer and a cigar smoker. I won’t suck up or sugar-coat. I don’t care what a manufacturer has done before, all I care about is this cigar, right now. Will it stand on it’s own? I don’t hand out 90+ ratings for just showing up. Let’s forget about all the other Liga Privadas and smoke this with a clean slate.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua Cuban Seed
Size: 5 1/2 X 52
Price: $13.95 (Boxes of 12, $167.40)
The appearance is sexy. A dark chocolate wrapper with a minimum of veins, slightly mottled but in that good, oily way. The twist and flag at the head are well done albeit unnecessary but I understand the motivation of such frivolity on a fifteen dollar robusto. The cigar was uniformly firm throughout its 5 ½ inches and cutting revealed a near-perfect draw.
So far the only disappointment is the lack of any discernible aroma on the wrapper. The foot gives off very little as well although I did detect a slight molasses with a hint of black tea.
Upon lighting I initially noted a metallic taste along with white pepper. Also interesting was a lack of sweetness and richness. There was a fair amount of strength but it seemed a little empty until the middle where a dry espresso flavor entered the fray. At mid-point some of the dark chocolate crept in with just the slightest hint of sweetness.
Finally, in the last third, things began to get more interesting. The strength was decidedly full at this point but now there was some body and richness to go along with it. The flavor remained fairly constant, just a lot more of it. Unfortunately this came a bit late in the experience and was soon joined by more heat than I like.
In conclusion, the Liga UF-13 was, for me, a good but not great cigar. Now that I’ve judged it on it’s own merits, I can say that comparing it to the other vitolas in the Liga series, I found it a bit disappointing. If you like the other Ligas but prefer more strength, this may be a good choice for you however it is my opinion that the flavor was sacrificed somewhat in favor of power and it therefore lacked balance. That said, this is still a very high quality cigar, and if you are a Liga fan or fuller body fan, then you definitely owe it to yourself to give this tasty cigar a try!