Ratzilla “Liga Privada Unico Serie” by Drew Estate
The Liga Privada Unico Serie Ratzilla by Drew Estate is a very unique cigar. There is no other cigar that comes in the Ratzilla size with the Ratzilla blend. It is this concept that is behind the Unico Serie line of cigars by Drew Estate. This line of cigars was first introduced in 2010 with the launch of the Liga Privada Unico Serie Dirty Rat.
After trying several different blends, the following year in 2011, a prototype Ratzilla was smoke tested among friends and colleagues with Drew Estate. By 2012, the production released Ratzilla was born as basically a larger Dirty Rat. The blend was tweaked a bit to fit the size of the Ratzilla. It quickly became one of the most sought after cigars on the market.
The Ratzilla was created as a seasonal limited production cigar making it very difficult to find retailers that carried it. You almost had to attend an IPCPR Trade Show or have a rep hand one to you at a Drew Estate Cigar Event.
In 2014, Drew Estate released another batch of seasonal limited production Ratzillas. In 2015, Drew Estate released their largest batch of limited production Ratzillas to date. The cigars were released only to retailers that are a part of the Drew Estate Drew Diplomat Program. Therefore, they are still considered a seasonal limited production cigar.
Let’s take a look at what makes this cigar so special and tasty. First, it starts with the tobacco crops. Drew Estate originally wanted to release the production Ratzilla in 2011, but the crops weren’t ready yet. Drew Estate patiently waited out those crops with their high standards for excellency in mind. However, after two full years, the crops sat for an additional 9 months before it was decided that the tobacco was finally perfect. The wrapper is a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut and Cured Sun Grown Habano leaf covering a Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder which consists of Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers within.
The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Series Ratzilla is manufactured at the La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate S.A. factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. As mentioned earlier, the Ratzilla comes in only one size: 6 1/4 x 46. The pricing for a single stick is approximately $15, and boxes are sold as 10-count boxes for approximately $155 depending on the retailer.
The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Ratzilla is a beautiful and tasty cigar. The fantail cap brings a unique look to this stick. It begins with its winsome appearance. It has a dark coffee bean brown color to the wrapper. The seams are tight with scarcely any veins to be found. The oils in the wrapper glisten as the light bounces off of it. The band is white with a background of gray polka-dot style squares in the center. Across the squares the word “Ratzilla” is marked in what appears to be hand-written letters. The top of the band is inscribed with “Hecho Exclusivamente Para El Jefe Unico Serie” while the bottom is inscribed with “La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate S.A.” The inscriptions and the squares are separated by thin dark gray lines. Where the ends come together it is imprinted with a golden lion rearing on its hind legs outlined in a golden square with a dark gray background. There is a golden capitol “U” to the bottom left of the lion in the square. The touch of the wrapper is smooth with little felt veins. It has a hard feel to it with tightly packed tobacco. The scent coming from the wrapper are of tobacco and a woodsy aroma along with a hint of chocolate. The straight cut was done with ease and no loose tobacco coming off the cap. The pre-light draw consisted of light tobacco.
Once the cigar is toasted and lit there are flavors of oak and wood with a slight spiciness to start things off. The foot took to the flame from the torch lighter rather easily and gave no lighting issues. The draw is nice and effortless. There is lots of smoke on the palette. It has a nice dark gray ash building as the stick burns down towards the band, but it fell before the first third reached its end. The burn line has been a steadily even burn so far into this tasty stick. As the initial third draws to its final burn there isn’t much of a flavor change. There are some chocolate notes coming into the oak, wood, and slightly spicy profile. It’s taken 30 minutes to burn through this first phase of the cigar.
Burning into the second part of the Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Ratzilla, I’m beginning to taste a bit of coffee in the mix. The spiciness has left the party leaving the oak, wood, notes of chocolate, and the new coffee flavor to remain. The still dark gray ash has fallen again about halfway into this portion. The burn line remains even all the way around the circumference of this beautiful cigar. It has had a medium-full body to it thus far. There is a slight spiciness on the lips towards the end of the second piece of the stick. This has been a very enjoyable smoke from the very beginning. The second third has ended at another 30 minute time frame.
Just into the final episode of this glorious cigar the ash lost yet another round. The flavors remain the same with oak, wood, chocolatey notes, and coffee. The burn still remains perfectly even. The spiciness on the lips is dissipating as it burns to the halfway point in this final period. The last section is bringing a more full-body profile to the cigar. The final ash grounded itself less than half an inch from my fingers. The cigar was smoked till my fingers were burning at the sliced cap when I put it down. This final third took 25 minutes to burn through. There was no flavor change down to the end of the cigar.
After an hour and twenty-five minutes of smoking this stick, I must say that this was a great cigar to smoke. It was very enjoyable from the time I picked it up till the time I put it down. It started out as a medium-full and ended as a full-bodied cigar. The flavor profile was really great with oak, wood, chocolate notes, coffee, and a little bit of spiciness. The construction was flawless and showed perfection. There were no issues with the burn line or burning out. It didn’t have a strong ash. It fell numerous times throughout the cigar experience.
I would highly recommend this cigar for a box purchase if you can find them. These are considered hard to find cigars in the cigar community. Good luck in your search. I know you’ll enjoy this fine cigar. Till next time, my friends.