My writers block really began just before the the trade show in New Orleans so when I came back there was so much I wanted to write about but I couldn’t really come up with the words to tell the story. There were a lot of manufacturers who really welcomed me down in New Orleans and I needed to give them a shout out but they got pushed to the back burner as I went through the motions.
One of these people are Dave Lafferty from Drew Estate. Every time I see Dave he goes out of his way to say hello and shoot the shit so to speak. It was no different in New Orleans as he approached me at a local cigar bar to give me a handshake and a pat on the back. He also reached into his shirt pocket and gave me a Flying Pig of the T52 variety. This is a review based on one cigar. Once we caught up he even took me around the room to introduce me to some friends of him which was a nice validation.
I put this cigar away for a while and got around to smoking it last week and here is my two cents.
Cigar: Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig
Size: 4 1/8 x 60
Wrapper: Stalk Cut Habano Connecticut
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Domican Republic, Nicaragua
Facebook: Drew Estate
Official Site: http://www.drewestate.com/
Appearance and Construction: As I stated when I reviewed the No. 9, when it comes down to it the Flying Pig is really nothing more then an over-sized perfecto. The cigar has a gorgeous looking wrapper that was loaded with oils. The roll was perfect looking right down to the pig tail cap which unraveled is a solid 3″ or so. There are no soft spots to speak up and the cigar feels really dense in the hand. The band is the tradition T52 variety and I wish it had the words Flying Pig on it. The cigar names reminds me of Pink Floyd and a video is attached at the end to show why.
Flavor & Notes: Due to the size I am not gonna break this down into thirds also due to the fact that I had one to smoke. What the Flying Pig brings to the table is a more intense version of the regular line. By more intense I don’t necessarily mean strength but the flavors are much more intense which I would assume is due to the size. Prior to lighting up the cigar offered a sweetness with a touch of leather. But once we were lit the cigar was a tasty treat that delivered notes of spice, cocoa, cedar and a touch of cinnamon with coffee and leather at the finish. A truly complex cigar that was a flavor bomb of epic proportions.
Smoking Characteristics: I had to cut this cigar twice as my intial cap cup had a tough draw so I took off about another 1/8th of an inch and the cigar opened up to provide a fluid draw. The light colored ash held on amazingly well and I had an ash for about 3/4 of the cigar but when I reached for my camera to take a picture the ash fell off. It’s kind of like the fish that got away. The burn was perfect and the cigar produced a rich volume of smoke.
Conclusion: I am pretty sure the T52 will show up in stores sooner or later as a limited run much like the No. 9 did and when it does I plan to buy a box. I always preferred the T52 over the No. 9 and offer that for consideration when I saw the T52 is the better of the flying pigs that have been produced by Drew Estate
Disclaimer: This cigar was gifted to me by Dave Lafferty of Drew Estate who is an advertiser on acigarsmoker.com. As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.
The part that reminds me of the cigar starts becoming apparent around 4:26 into the video.