It may come as a surprise to folks who pay more attention to cigars than the Chinese zodiac, but Drew Estate’s Year of the Rat blend isn’t necessarily tied to astrology. It debuted in the year of the monkey (2016) and, after several re-releases, it’s back again. Now, 2022 may be the year of the tiger, but it’s never a bad time to pick up these sticks.
As a part of Drew Estate’s Liga Privada collection, you can expect these smokes to pull no punches. The Liga Privada line is known for unapologetically traditional cigars, and the Year of the Rat is no different. This blend includes flavor-packed tobaccos from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Brazil, along with a beautiful Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. As for the cigars themselves, they are Corona Gordas measuring 5 ½ x 46, and they come in boxes of 10.
However, it is worth noting that “Liga Privada” is Spanish for “private blend.” In other words, these releases are very small and only a limited number are given to retailers. As of this writing, Drew Estate hasn’t even disclosed how many are going to be released. However, we do know that boxes of Year of the Rat ’22 will be available to retail members of their Drew Diplomat program. Of course, that includes Best Cigar Prices.
The 2022 iteration of this beloved blend is expected to start hitting our shelves in mid-June. Mark your calendar now, because this is one cigar you’re definitely going to want in your humidor.