“This is an outstanding expression of Connecticut Broadleaf for the Liga Privada Unico Serie. Flavor is where this cigar excels. What’s nice about the Bauhaus is it isn’t your cookie-cutter Connecticut Broadleaf. The short robusto format also works very well with this cigar.”

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Brazilian
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
Short Robusto: 114mm x 50 (or 4 1/2 x 50)
Price: ~$ 17.75 USD/ € 15.14 EUR (Exchange Rate as of 9/26/21)

Sponsor: Yes
Samples Provided for Initial Review: Yes
Review: Liga Privada Unico Serie Bauhaus by Drew Estate (9/26/21)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Brand): 8 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Coming in at #14 is the Liga Privada Unico Serie Bauhaus by Drew Estate. Late in 2020, Drew Estate would introduce the fourteenth installment of its Liga Privada Unico Serie line known as Bauhaus. The Liga Privada Unico Serie is a series of cigars that feature a unique blend in a single size. What was different about the Bauhaus is that it would be a regional release that would be exclusive to the European market.

On paper, when you look at things tobacco-wise, the profile of the Liga Privada Unico Serie Bauhaus looks similar to the Liga Privada No. 9. This consists of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Brazilian binder, and a combination of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos. Production of the Bauhaus comes from Drew Estate’s La Gran Fabrica in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Short Robusto measures 114mm x 50 – which translates to 4 1/2 inches x 50.

Liga Privada Unico Series Bauhaus


The flavors produced by the Liga Privada Unico Serie Bauhaus include chocolate, earth, baker’s spice, mixed pepper, and what I consider the cigar’s signature note – anise.  These flavors open up medium-bodied in the first half before progressing to medium to full in the second half. This is countered by medium strength.

The Bauhaus gives Drew Estate two consecutive cigars in a row on the 2021 Countdown. If you have been following the Countdown thus far, Drew Estate joins Joya de Nicaragua as companies that have two entries on the Countdown. It has given La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate the third cigar on the Countdown this year. If you have been keeping score at home, this is the eighth year Drew Estate has landed on the Countdown, including the past four years in a row. Meanwhile, Nicaragua continues to dominate the 2021 Countdown. Of the sixteen cigars we have unveiled moving up the Countdown, this is the twelvth one from Nicaragua.


For details of the 2021 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2021 criteria.

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