This week's review (and my first review of 2012!) is of the new Liga Privada Feral Flying Pig. This is part of the Unico series from Drew Estate and is larger than the previous Flying Pig releases. This one measures in at 5 3/8x60 and features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Brazilian Mata Fina Binder and a Nicaraguan filler. This is also finished off with a great looking pigtail cap. I was told that unlike the previous pig releases, this won't be as limited. The Feral Pig will supposedly be a sporadic release, much like the Dirty Rat.
This is such a funky looking cigar with its cinnamon bun pig tail cap and its fat perfecto size. Like the rest of the Liga Privadas, this looks to be perfetly constructed. After cutting just below the pigtail cap, the prelight draw seems spot on and the flavor is really unique. This doesn't taste like any of the other Liga Privada's on the cold draw, I am getting some dark sweetness and some musty tobacco flavors and something I just can't put my finger on. once lit the classic Liga aroma fills the room immediately and the flavors up front are deep expresso, dark chocolate and some light spice on the tip of my tongue. The amount of smoke this cigar is putting off is staggering. The 60 ring gauge is a little big for me but the tapered head definitely helps. While I liked the original pigs, I did find the size sort of odd to smoke. The extra length on this one seems to make it more comfortable to smoke. Flavorwise I would compare this more to the Liga no.9, which isn't really a surprise since it has the same wrapper. I was told that this Pig was more powerful than previous releases, but through the first inch I would say its medium strength and very full flavored. The burn is been very even and the ash is holding strong at over an inch.
This big piggy is smoking really well and the strength is entering the full realm as I close in on the halfway point. The spice is pretty much gone and I am left with smooth dark chocolate, espresso and leather. The retrohale delivers a really great woody character I hadn't noticed until I passed the smoke through my sinuses. The burn is still nice and even as I enter the final third. The flavor profile has stayed consistent and quite tasty. It's no secret to anyone that knows me or reads this site that I am a huge fan of Liga Privada and so far this one isn't letting me down. The strength is picking up even more at the end, making this the strongest of the Pigs in my opinion.
What can I say, another great Liga Privada! The Feral Flying Pig is yet another solid release from Drew Estate and a great addition to the Unico Series. This is the most powerful Pig release but the strength never overpowers the flavor profile. The extra length on this Pig compared to the previous Flying Pigs really makes for a much more comfortable smoking experience. I am glad this isn't going to be a one time release because I would like to pick up a few more of these occasionally, even at the $14-15 they sell for. Its a fun cigar to smoke and definitely a conversation starter with the unique appearance. Anyone who is a fan of the previous Liga Privada releases should really enjoy this offering.