Miami, FL – In a written statement from Drew Estate, it was announced that CEO Steve Saka has retired from the company effective Thursday, July 11th. The statement went on to thank Steve for his hard work and dedication during his 8-year reign as president and later CEO. Saka’s passion, leadership and expertise were a rare combination in the industry. “Steve will be truly missed and we wish him all the best moving forward,” said owners, Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel. Continue reading
Our major game changer from IPCPR 2009 happens to be a wrapper – one that was introduced in 2009, but would not fully be felt across the industry for a couple of years.
It all started with Drew Estate’s follow-up cigar to the already popular Liga Privada No.9 – a 2008 release so popular supply could not keep up with consumer demand. The 2009 follow-up would be known as Liga Privada T52 – and would prove to be a game-changer, particularly for its use of an all-new wrapper which hales from the Connecticut River Valley. Continue reading
Continuing our recap of last month’s Drew Estate Cigar Safari, we spend more time with masterminds Steve Saka and Nicholas Melillo. In this video clip we get a behind-the-scenes look at how pilones (large piles of stacked tobacco leaves) are used to cure tobacco during the fermentation process. The tobacco discussed in these videos is one of my all-time favorites, the extremely temperamental yet oh-so-flavorful Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut and Cured Sun Grown Habano wrapper. (aka “Stalk Cut Habano”) This signature wrapper has been used on such legendary Liga Privada blends as T52, Dirty Rat, L40, Ratzilla, UF-4 and pre-release UF-13…enjoy!
As 2012 comes to a close, we decided to take a look back at some of the highlights of our journeys. In this video, Drew Estate CEO Steve Saka gives us an in-depth look at newest member in the Liga Privada family – the all-new Liga Privada Unico Serie Papas Fritas.