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Monday
Nov292010

Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig

Today's review is of the much anticipated Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig! In april I reviewed the Liga no.9 Flying Pig, and this one is the same vitola, but with the T52 blend. The T52 has a very oily Stalk Cut Habano wrapper and a slightly stronger filler than the no.9. 3,250 boxes of 10 were made of this cigar, so I would say its a fairly limited run. This 4X60 perfecto isn't really my favorite size, but if its a liga blend, I have to try it! 

Just like the Liga no.9 Pig, the T52 version is a striking looking cigar. This fat little perfecto has a great looking pigtail cap and that seamless oily T52 wrapper (probably one of the nicest looking wrappers out there). The prelight draw shows a perfect draw and a surprisingly light predraw flavor. The T52 pig starts out with huge billowing clouds of smoke and some fantastic dark chocolate, deep espresso and some spice on the tip of my tongue. That spice backs off after the first 1/4 inch or so. I am always amazed how smooth the T52 line is on the palate while still being very full flavored. The smoke is velvety and thick and the burn is dead even after getting past the perfecto end. Like the other Liga Privadas ive smoked, I am always amazed by the amount of resting smoke coming off of this cigar as it sits in my ashtray. This vitola isn't the easiest to smoke, it's not one of those cigars you can really hold in your mouth.

At the halfway point, this little piggy is coming along nicely. The ash is still hanging on and the flavor is still really tasty. I love the heavy espresso and chocolate flavor here, as well some leather that has shown up in the flavor profile. Like the rest of the Liga line, this is a really well made cigar with a perfect draw and dead even burn. Im surprised the strength hasn't picked up at this point with as heavy and full as the flavor is. usually T52s are pretty full bodied, but this one isn't there yet (I have a feeling it might pick up in the last inch or so though). This isn't a bad thing, just surprising. The ash fell off right below the band. Ok, I was right, in the last inch the strength amps up making this a solid full bodied smoke. The spice has returned a little as well. The burn is perfect right down to the nub on this pig.

The Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig is one hell of a cigar. This is still not really a size I prefer, but when it tastes this good, I don't really care what size it is, ill smoke it! To be honest, I am a huge fan of the whole T52 line, so I had pretty high hopes for this one and it didn't disappoint. Its a pretty fun vitola and I wouldn't consider it a gimmick considering how tasty it is.  I am glad I smoked it, but I would probably reach for one of the other sizes normally. That being said, if you run across one of these, definitely pick it up! Its a conversation starter for sure and will deliver plenty of dark, rich flavors. I bought this one at work (Burning Leaf) and we had them for $11.25, which is probably on the cheaper side for these. I would expect to see these (if you even see them at all) for 12-13 bucks a stick. I'm sure these will become a collectors item like the no.9 pig, so they will probably  be sold out pretty quickly. 

Monday
Jan112010

Liga Privada T52


Today's review is of Drew Estate's new Liga Privado T52. Drew Estates is known for its flavored/infused cigars, but have started doing more traditional cigars recently. The wrapper is grown/harvested in a new manner, called Stalk Cut. My buddy Matt did a really nice write up on this stick, including a history of what stalk cut means, so instead of rewriting it all here and if you are interested, check it out over at Matt's Cigar Journal. I am smoking the Robusto, which measures in at 5 X 52.

Visually this cigar is stunning. The wrapper is almost dripping with oils, and it is super smooth and very dark. The construction overall looks very impressive, down to the very well applied cap. The predraw shows a slightly open draw, with flavors of musty tobacco and just a touch of leather.

Right away this is a very flavorful cigar, and it is producing a ton of fragrant smoke. There is a definite flavor of black pepper, leather and a touch of sweetness I haven't quite identified yet as anything other than just a slightly sweet characteristic. After about an inch, the spice calmed down and the leather flavor and just a little bit of espresso come up to the front. The burnline is razor sharp. The construction on this cigar is just phenomenal.

This cigar was a pleasant surprise. After smoking the Nosotros, which was a team-up of Dion from Illusione and Drew Estates, I was excited to try this cigar. It certainly didn't disappoint. This cigar was full flavored, with loads of leather, espresso, and black pepper. I was expecting a full bodied cigar, but this one settled in to a solid medium bodied. These are a bit pricey, the robusto sells for around $10.50, so it isn't one I will be smoking frequently, but it is beautifully made and very flavorful. So, put your opinion of Drew Estates aside (if it was a negative one) and seek out this cigar. Yeah, its pricey, but definitely worth trying!