The Liga Privada Unico Serie Dirty Rat is another of a limited production release, initially designed for El Jefe, Steve Saka. The DR is a 5″x44rg with a Connecticut grown Habano capa, a proprietary Nicaraguan binder, as well as a combination of five additional proprietary Nicaraguan tobaccos which make up the filler. Now, when then the Dirty Rat first hit the shelves, they were venerable powder kegs for the first inch post lighting, then mellowed for two inches and began to rear up again towards the nub.

The finely grained habano capa has a very fine tooth to it, and has scents of anise, apricots, cumin, garlic, ginger, mahogany, nutmeg, persimmons, sea salt, and tarragon; and tastes faintly of cinnamon, cumin, dill, ground white peppercorns, mocha, saffron, and sea salt.

The toasted foot smells of butter cream, cinnamon, cocoa, curry powder, ground ginger root, mocha, pomegranates, thyme, and white chocolate.

From the lit foot comes an abundance of mellowed but sharp hints of 75% cacao, chutney, curry powder, jalapeños, mahogany, wheat, and white peppercorns; the chalk white smoke across my nose has hints of cashews, cocoa, hazelnut, oregano, and tarragon.

About a half-inch in, five minutes post-lighting and the salt & pepper ash is ringing in uniform one millimeter bands, and is extraordinarily solid.

The Dirty Rat was a larger albeit limited run than either of the former variants of the public release flying pigs, and were released in ten count dress boxes.

This Rat’s burning with a slight canoe, as to reflect my angled cut to the head (still mastering my “new” Nat Sherman Tsuge cutter), irregardless there are hints of butter cream, cedar, cocoa, dill, green bell peppers, Madeira, mocha, tangelos, and white peppercorns.

Now earlier in this review I had said that the Rat’s were venerable powder kegs in their proverbial hay day, and that was no falsification, the initial hints were laden with nothing but peppery notes.

Here at the two and a half inch mark is the ever present ligero cone, some thirty minutes in, there’s a subtle after taste on my palate of black licorice and espresso. There are also hints of black peppercorns, chestnuts, cocoa, fennel, habaneros, mesquite, ouzo, pomegranates, tangerines, and white chocolate.

The gold embossed griffin which adorns the Unico Serie bands also comes with an accented “Ú” to represent the Unico Serie, the griffin is often seen on the LP9’s and T52 bands and on the Pigs; however those have a tinnier color to them. Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel have gone to great lengths to keep El Jefe happy, and the public too, with these masterful unique blends which challenge the senses. One of these days I really ought to go on one of their factory tours in Estelli.

Purchased from Davidus Cigars on Rockville Pike 20852, on March 22nd for 12.90$ before tax (6%).