I’m asked from time to time what I, Don “Cruz”ado a.k.a. The Great Torpedo, thinks about a particular cigar and when asked about the Liga Privada T52 by Drew Estate I would tell them that I wasn’t a fan of them.
Historically, the Liga Privada T52 always seemed inconsistent. It was always one thing after another. It be a construction issue one time and the next time it be a sour flavor profile. The samples I received when they were released at the 2009 IPCPR in New Orleans were amazing…but slowly, as I started smoking more and more of them, it went down hill to where I’d written them off as not my thing.
I’ll be the first to admit when I’m wrong. The Drew Estate Liga Privada T52 is tits, its gangsta and I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to smoke a cigar that perfectly balances out its strength with an rich array of flavors. I’m glad I was encouraged by a local B&M to give them a fresh tasting and give my opinion on whether to carry them or not. I hope, based on this review, that they do.
The balance of the Liga Privada T52 by Drew Estate is where it really shines. I love the peppery sensation on the palate without the actual big blast of pepperiness. I love the dark flavors…coffee, cocoa, molasses and a deep but subtle woodsy flavor. All wrapped in a toothy, oil rich wrapper that billows thick smoke. A true pleasure of a cigar that I’m glad I gave a second chance to…and yes…I talk about Johnny too.