Last week I was gifted a Liga Privada T52 by a customer at Two Guys Smoke Shop who asked gif I would write a review of the cigar. So today, I will fill that obligation and write-up the requested review. It’s a joyous time of year for Liga Privada fans as a lot of the limited size releases are available at retailers across the nation and our friends at Two Guys Smoke Shop have a few of those available.
Cigar Review: Liga Privada T52
Wrapper: Stalk Cut American Habano (Connecticut)
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Ring Gauge: 52
The Look: The Liga Privada T52 Tubo comes packaged in 10 count boxes. The cigar packaged in a chocolate-colored tube matches the wrapper inside. The Liga Privada T52 that is seamlessly rolled with some significant oils visible. The band is brown and white with the words Liga Privada T52 in black. While simple, the band is part of the Liga charm. In the hand the belicoso feels incredibly light but firm with a well packed foot.
The Notes: The cold draw of the cigar has some sweetness to it, and a touch of earth. There are elements of bread (rye) and raisin while the foot of the cigar tingled the nostrils with notes of cedar, dirt and a slight spice.
Once the cigar is toasted and lit the notes are that of a subtle spice that is trumped by notes of chocolate and cedar. Through the nose the pepper is dominant but it doesn’t detract from the overall sweetness of the cigar and its aroma. As the first third comes to a close the cigar begins to lose the sweetness as a charred wood note becomes the focal point.
Around the half way point the sweetness comes back and cocoa becomes the primary note with a touch of molasses and cinnamon with wood notes on the finish. Through the nose the cigar serves up elements of wasabi that makes my eyes water but the sweetness on the palate remains dominant on the moderate finish.
The last third of the cigar starts to lose the sweetness again as the cigar becomes heavy on wood, and the wasabi through the nose starts to transcend into the aroma of the cigar as well. The finish is earthy and moderate in length as it was in the second third of the smoke.
The Finish: The Liga Privada T52 feels like it hasn’t changed much since 2009 when the cigar was first released. A nice balance of sweetness and spice creates one enjoyable experience. It’s a cigar that feels familiar, and as a result it still nice to visit with this old friend from time to time.
Price: $16.19 / $143.99