June 24, 2018

Cigar Review: Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla

Ünico Serie Ratzilla
When it comes to very limited, though constant production releases, Drew Estate/Liga Privada are really one of the top manufacturers in that category. The company is often releasing cigars in small amounts frequently, and the reason they release the cigars in such small quantity is because of the tobacco that goes into these cigars, and that they are not their flagship cigar/cigars. While Drew Estate is well known for their Liga Privada and Undercrown lines, the company is most known for their ACID and other infused smokes. One line or series that has been a part of the Liga Privada brand, but in its category has been the Ünico Serie. The first release in that series was the infamous Dirty Rat, and at the 2017 IPCPR Liga Privada showed off the new vitola in the Ünico Serie, the Ratzilla.


Released this month, the Ratzilla is the fifth vitola in the Ünico Serie. The line initially began with the Dirty Rat, and was a line that was composed of tobacco used in the No. 9 and T52 lines, but changed up a bit. The cigars really look like smaller offerings in the No. 9 line, but are actually not even using the same wrapper. The production for the Dirty Rat and Ratzilla is even more limited than the No. 9 or T52 lines, but still will be regular production. The Ratzilla came about when the team at Drew Estate was trying out the Dirty Rat in different vitolas, and they found it very successful in this vitola. It measures out to be almost a Lonsdale/Corona Gorda, and is 6 1/4" with a 46 ring gauge. I am expecting the flavor profile to be pretty identical to that of the Dirty Rat, but there might be some subtle nuisances that are different with the slightly larger ring gauge. 

Like the Dirty Rat, the cigar is covered with the same wrapper on the T52, and that is a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured grown Habano seed. The binder on the cigar is Brazilian Mata Fina seed, and has filler tobacco from Honduras and Nicaragua. It is really a beautiful cigar, and features a very dark wrapper that possesses small veins and is oily to touch. The coloring of the wrapper is almost has this purplish raisin color to the dark chocolate brown, and is a dark Maduro/light Oscuro coloring wrapper. The aroma of the cigar is of leather, coffee beans, oak and cedar, and strong spices.   
Nice pigtail
Lighting up the first third of the cigar, you really get a lot of dark and enjoyable flavors. I am picking up some definite coffee bean notes, and also some spices with rich earth. There are hints of cocoa present as well, and it has a nice leathery finish. Overall the strength level in the first third of the cigar was at the medium full body level, and you could really get subtle hints of the strength with the flavors. I would say there was a nice balance between the strength and dark flavors in the cigar. The cigar burned wonderfully through the first third, and produced tons of that wonderful Liga Privada smoke. I has a perfect burn line, and the ash was really this dark gray color that held on to the cigar firmly. 

When I enter the second third of the cigar, I am getting a consistent flavor profile, but there is this sweet herbal flavor popping up as well. It is most that of coffee beans, leather, rich earth and spices, but there is a little bit of sweetness present as well. Along with those flavors, I am beginning to pick up some metallic notes, but they are fairly soft right now. The strength level in the second third of the cigar seemed to increase slowly, and I would say it was smoking close to the full body level. Though the strength level was increasing with the cigar, there was still a balance between the strength and flavors in the cigar. I was still getting that perfect burn line with the cigar in this third, and still holding on to the dark gray ash from when I first lit up the cigar.  
Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Grown Habano
The flavors I was getting were really a lot darker than the second third, and the coffee notes were more espresso in nature. There was a lovely bit of sweet herbal notes present with the rich cocoa/earth flavor profile, and the finish of the cigar was that of spices, leather and metal. As I finished the final third of the cigar, the strength level really had reached its max, and was at the full body level. The cigar from beginning to end increased in strength, but even with the strength increase there was always a nice balance between the strength of the cigar and the flavors. The cigar burned wonderfully through the final third, and though I ashed the cigar in the second third, it still possessed that dark gray ash. Smoking the cigar down to the nub it remained cool and flavorful, and has a very long finish.

This was really a solid cigar, and a nice change in offering to the Dirty Rat. Overall I would smoke this version over the Dirty Rat, because it is a little bit longer, but they both offer a great flavor profile and strength level. This cigar really showed some strength when you first lit it up, and I found it to return in the final third of the cigar as well. Overall, the flavor profile offered some nice dark tones to it, and while there was some sweetness to those flavors, they were more dark in every sense. I think this is a fantastic evening smoke, and can be even more appreciated if your palate is fresh. Like most Liga Privada smokes, these are going to be hard to come by, so it is definitely a cigar worth buying a bundle/box of. Aging these cigars for at least six months to a year will also bring out more great flavors in this cigar, and I think will bring the score up. Right now I give this cigar a solid 91, but with aging could get a 93 possibly even 94.
Ratzilla
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