The origin of Drew Estate Cigars, the creators of Liga Privada, is located in New York City. Here in the middle of Manhatten, Marvin Samual and Jonathan Drew started a cigar store in the World Trade Center. There they sold the cigars to the businessmen and women working there. The year is 1995 and they can just keep the head above water. They also produce their own cigar called La Vieja Habana. If they visit a cigars trade show in 1997, they get a lot of positive feedback about those cigars.
They realize that their future is in the making of cigars. Hereby Jonathan Drew decides to move to Nicaragua to lead a small factory that they buy with borrowed money. They produce not only the cigars, they also make the tobacco themselves. During the first time spent by Jonathan in Nicaragua, he sleeps on an old mattress above the factory.
Jonathan also begins to experiment with infusion of cigars with natural ingredients and soon these "infused cigars" get the brand ACID.
In 1999, Jonathan returns to New York with a whole series of new ACID blends and adds a unique packaging based on graffiti, which he developed with Scott Chester. ACID becomes a mega big success in America and is still one of the best selling cigar lines there.
In 2004, they moved New York's headquarters to Miami and employed Steve Saka as president of the company. Under the leadership of Saka, the company continues to grow and put steps in the "non-infused" cigars under the name of Liga Privada. Liga Privada are cigars blends developed for Saka as personal cigars. However, they managed to sell them on the open market as well. This was also a great success.
The company in Nicaragua was also upgrading and in 2007 Drew Estate opened a completely new factory called La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. It is the largest cigar factory in Nicaragua.