Short Corona, 4.5” x 44 ring gauge / ~$6 each, bought in tin of 4
“These cigars are made out of rat droppings and pig shit!” Yes, I heard that description of the latest Unico Series release from Drew Estate, Papas Fritas. I won’t reveal the store (although you could probably guess) or the person who said it (you probably couldn’t guess that unless you knew them all), but he wasn’t far off in some ways. The person in charge of marketing at Drew Estate put it a little more elegantly on the back of the tin: “Handcrafted entirely from only the chaveta cuts of our extra dark Broadleaf capa and the rare, Grade A1 filler tobacco trimmings created by the production of our famed Liga Privada blends....” So being a mixed filler cigar created by using up some of the trimmings of other LP cigars, this could include castoff pieces of Dirty Rat and Flying Pig cigars, so...”rat droppings and pig shit.” Indeed. By the way, the customer did buy those cigars. And I bought a tin, too; this review sample is the last of my original purchase (I’ve bought more since then...guess you can tell where this review is going). Legend is that the filler of these cigars is trimmings from LP No. 9s, the binder if Brazilian Mata Fina and the wrapper is Connecticut Broadleaf. They are named in honor of one of Steve Saka’s favorite foods, French Fries (that’s not legend...it’s on the box).