A few short weeks ago, I’d never smoked any of Drew Estate’s Liga Privada brand of premium, handmade cigars. It started, innocently enough, with a Unico UF-13 that I found out of town visiting friends. Then ended up out of town on a business trip and found a No. 9.
And a couple weeks ago, I wandered into one of my local cigar shops and found they stocked the Liga Privada T52. I paced the humidor pondering what to pick up and then settled on grabbing two, on the hunch that it’d be one I wanted to review. I’ve smoked both of them since and will probably go back for more in the near future.
Liga Privada General info and Appearance
The Liga Privada T52 has a dark Connecticut Sungrown Habano wrapper. It is somewhat veiny and not at all oily. The band is slim and its “handwritten” font complements the relatively limited release. There’s no cellophane wrapper, the cigar is round.
Lisa Privada T52 Construction
I was really impressed with the construction of both of the sticks I picked up. They were very firm and dense. After a thorough inspection, I wasn’t able to find any soft spots in either of them.
Pre light draw
After clipping the cap with my trusty Palio cutter, I found the pre light draw to be tight, but not difficult. There are aromas of earthy leather, coffee and cocoa, but none of those flavors are immediately discerned before toasting the foot.
After toasting the foot, the Liga Privada T52 had a remarkably even burn. I was able to maintain pleasing, white ash columns throughout the smoke.
The Liga Privada T52 is loaded with spice. From the first draw, I got a nice peppery bite that hung on my lips for the duration. In addition, the leather, coffee and cocoa begin to shine through for the first third. The second third of the cigar, softens the coffee and cocoa, but also introduces wood and a creamy nuttiness.
It eases up to almost a medium body stick for the second third, but the pepper spice keeps you guessing. Finishing the last third of the cigar, all of the flavors are present and the coffee, cocoa and pepper get turned up to 11.
Liga Privada T52: The bottom line
The Liga Privada T52 is one of my favorite sticks available at the moment. When I smoke it, I’m reminded of some of the first premium cigars I smoked on a patio, out of a friend’s humidor years ago. Over those years, I have developed a taste for less full bodied Cameroons in addition to medium to full bodied cigars, but I keep coming back to spicy, full bodied cigars and Drew Estate does not disappoint with this one. Given my personal experience with other Liga Privada lines, I’d say the Liga Privada T52 is a toss-up as compared to the UF-13 and I prefer it to the No. 9.