Brand: Drew Estate Country: Nicaragua
Size: Robusto 5 x 52 Wrapper: Habano
The Label Factor:
We love Liga Privada labels, as we have said before. The T52 follows the same pattern as the Dirty Rat and other Liga labels, the pattern of excellence. There isn’t much else to add to the discussion here that hasn’t already been said in our other Liga reviews. The label is classy.
What We Liked:
I have a dream: That one day my humidor will be filled with cigars as beautiful as the Liga Privada line. Everything about the construction of these sticks is fantastic. The rich, deep brown wrapper puts other cigars to shame. Having one of these in your humidor makes the other cigars jealous. The Ligas are like a small group of attractive people standing around at a party where everyone else is ugly.
Thankfully, the Liga Privada T52 isn’t just a pretty face. To continue the attractive person metaphor, this cigar has beauty and brains. The T52 is a premium cigar from start to finish. Right from the light, you get a sweet, leathery tobacco flavor with a hint of pepper. From here, you will experience a delicious gauntlet of flavors (hereafter referred to as DGOF). The DGOF consisted of nuts and coffee with a hint of chocolate to round it all out. Towards the end, the Liga T52 mellows out with a sweet tobacco flavor making for a satisfying finish.
Having recently smoked the Liga Privada Dirty Rat, my cheeks were clenched in anticipation of a strong cigar. Surprisingly, the T-52 didn’t knock the wind out of me as I expected. Sure, it was strong, but I didn’t get the lightheaded dizzy feeling that sometimes can accompany just such a cigar. I prefer being able to walk unassisted after smoking, but I would imagine some people like cigars that put them on their backs. If you are that type of person, opt for the Dirty Rat in lieu of the T52.
What We Didn’t Like:
The problem with the T52 is that he stands in the shadow of his brothers. Everybody has their own opinion on which Liga Privada stands tallest, and for me, that cigar is not the T52. No doubt, the T52 is an excellent smoke. It just simply doesn’t live up to the Dirty Rat or No. 9. It’s hard to shine when you’re constantly being compared to your superstar siblings.
Should You Buy/Try It:
Yes. The Liga Privada line currently has some of the best cigars on the market and the T52 is no different. While the T52 doesn’t live up to the bar set by the Liga Privada Dirty Rat, it is still a fine cigar and perhaps a better bang for your buck. It is also far more readily available. If you haven’t already, give the T52 a shot. I suspect you won’t be disappointed.