Those who are familiar with Drew Estate’s Liga Privada Único Papas Fritas cigar know that it’s a short-fill cigar (named after Drew Estate co-founder Jonathan Drew’s favorite food, French Fires) that makes use of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco trimmings from the production of other Liga Privada series cigars, namely the No. 9 and T52 lines.
Like the Papas Fritas, the Nasty Fritas uses these same filler tobaccos, sealed in a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and enclosed in a Connecticut-grown Broadleaf Oscuro wrapper, finished with a pigtail cap and a closed foot. Unlike the Papas Fritas, however, the Nasty Fritas come in a diminutive, conical Petit Torpedo form that’s only four inches long, with a 52 ring gauge at its widest point.
Released to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Liga Privada series in 2018, the Nasty Fritas are extra creamy and sweet medium-to-full-bodied, medium-to-full-strength cigars with many earthy and peppery notes, along with a very impressive output of smoke. But why are they called Nasty Fritas? According to Jonathan, “We’ve been enjoying them mostly at Cigar Safari in Nicaragua, but [the name comes from when it’s] time to get mega-nasty with our homies.”
From the first puff, the Nasty Fritas delivers berry sweetness while hinting at damp earth and giving way to a peppery finish. Later, nuances of cocoa powder, tree bark, and pine cones make an appearance. The draw is smooth, the burn is slow and steady, and the smoking time is roughly 95 minutes. Flavorful and complex, these cigars pack a lot of bang for your buck. Pick up a box of 50, and feel free to get downright Nasty when the occasion so requires!