Cigar Review: Liga Privada T52

Liga Privada T52

Liga Privada T52

The T52 is a blend that was in a holding pattern for a long time as Drew Estate has been working with a stalk cut habana leaf since 2006. The cigar even went through a re-blend during production as they could not decide on test blend #3 or #4. So blend 3.5 was developed and what you have is the final product, the Liga Privada T52

Cigar: Liga Privada T52
Size: 6 x 52 (Toro)
Wrapper: Stalk Cut America Habano (Connecticut)
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Strength: Medium/Full

Appearance and Construction (18/20): This silky smooth American grown Habano wrapper has an abundance of oils and minimal veins. The roll of the cigar is seamless and the cigar seams to be well aged. There are no soft spots to speak of and the stick has a nice heavy weight to it.  The band of the cigar is a slight variation on the No. 9 with the colors being brown and bronze and the words Liga Privada T52 written out in a nice bold font. The one negative here is some of the cut lines of the wrapper are uneven but one really has to stare at the stick to see that.

Flavor & Notes (27/30): Prior to lighting up this stick the prelight draw offers some sweetness and leather notes that intrigue the palate while the foot as some notes of raisin and a sweet molasses. The first third of the cigar offers some pepper through the nose, but the primary notes here are cocoa, cedar and leather. As we approached the second third some of the sweetness faded and the cigar began to take on the notes of nuts, and coffee with the occasional cinnamon spice. The final third of the cigar had leather and spice notes.

Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): This slow burning cigar offers no issues at all. It burns slightly jagged but remains close enough to even to never cause a concern or a need to relight. The ash is a light gray with some dark patches and it holds on strong. Despite being a major smoke producer the draw was a tad difficult and for that I’ll deduct a point.

Overall (23/25): A lot of people I know don’t like the Liga Privada No. 9 due to the impressive strength and the T52 will be the answer. This cigar is a full flavored medium bodied smoke that delivers. They are in stores now and they do not disappoint.

Rating: 91
Price: $14.70

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  • cj

    I thought T52 was the stronger version. People that don’t like the 9 just really puzzle me…what a great smoke. Can’t wait to try this one.

  • Lee

    I find the T52 to be stronger than the no9 in flavor and strength. Great cigar.

  • Chris McCann

    Thanks for the review! Another cigar for the “must try” list!

  • Tony Ricciardi

    I have to chime in also.
    I LOVE the No.9 and I enjoyed the T52 a lot, but I found it to be stronger than the No.9.
    It had more pepper notes and definitely had a kick that the No.9 doesn’t.

  • Chris McCann

    I haven’t had the chance to try a Liga Privada yet. Your review has just given me more incentive to pick up a few sticks!

  • Adam

    Thanks for the review, sounds like a very good smoke.

    P.S. The numbers add up to 92, not 91. :-D

  • MLB

    The T-52 toro is my favorite smoke at the moment.
    I smoked one out of my first box and immediately purchased another to put away.
    Steve Saka himself said that the T-52 is the stronger of the two. It was made just for that purpose, to give people that like the #9 but wanted something stronger. You owe it to yourself to try one. It is the closest I have come to my holy grail cigar>

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