The other day I swung in to my favorite Cigar Lounge (Governors Cigar & Pipe) and found a T52 waiting on me courtesy of the esteemed gentleman Doug Sevier. You can find Doug @ssgsevier54 on Instagram if you’d like to join me in thanking him.
Despite the poor glass choice, I’m pairing today’s cigar with the original Bulleit bourbon.
Opting for the trusty V cut today to maintain as much of this luxurious wrapper as possible. First impressions? Oh man… perfection. The sweetness coming off the foot and the wrapper is undeniably tempting. A little vanilla, rich tobacco, and a whole lot of something I want to light up and smoke!
First light: Whoa! Full bodied immediately. Was expecting something a little lighter in the beginning, but it opens up with both barrels blasting. Getting dark roasted coffee on the regular pull, and lots of pepper when blown through the nose.
The first 1/2 inch or so has ran it’s course, and the Bulleit is bringing out a little more sweetness from the Liga Privada T52. Not quite a coffee experience when paired with the bourbon, maybe something a little earthier that I can’t quite put my finger on.
I keep expecting a leathery profile from this dark, toothy wrapper. It’s so dark that it absorbs light (j/k, the pics above have a vignette on them).
Went inside to grab a wheat beer and see how it changes, and was amazed at how damn good it smells on my porch! To this point, with either the Bulleit or the Goose Island 312, the flavor profile seems a little muted and not as bold as I’ve come to expect from Drew Estate.
Now that the first inch is officially ashed, the full-bodied Liga Privada T52 experience is converting nicely to a medium body cigar. Well, medium in the mouth yet full when blown through the nose. The coffee is back, regardless of drink, and it’s really reminding me of my favorite drink from those folks with the Sirens: Grande Iced Coffee with breve. Or, coffee with Half n Half over ice.
I’m getting just enough roasted coffee with the barest hint of sweet tobacco to make this Liga Privada T52 a great start to my Thursday afternoon. The smoke is ultra smooth at times, almost like cold smoke. Good shit.
And just as I’m about to write that the flavors are still muffled, I take another deep draw and voila! Entering the second third opens with sweet cedar on the finish and a hint of cocoa. Muted cedar and cocoa, but it works!
Getting more and more smoke as I continue burning this Liga Privada T52, something that’s not always common with most of the cigars I enjoy. Heat is being handled beautifully as not a drop of bitter tar is present after about 40 minutes.
We’re approaching the halfway point, and guess what!? Leather – in spades. More cocoa, maybe some nutmeg… Not sure. Reminds me of a certain type of hot chocolate I used to enjoy in Hawaii, and nutmeg was the only part of the recipe that I think it resembles. Retrohaling this cigar now has a dry quality to it that wasn’t present earlier.
Some additional kitchen spices are becoming apparent, but I’m not capable of distinguishing them just yet. If you can, please add to the review at the bottom! Otherwise a creamy latte experience is dominating the second third.
Now that it’s ashed a second time, a little pepper is back but it comes and goes. Just made my first touch up to correct a burn. More cocoa and more sweetness is prevalent every time the ash falls.
Just disrobed this beauty, and a sharp note bit the tongue. Usually I’d associate it with bitterness towards the nub, but this time it comes off as sweet. Boom!
Final thoughts: it’s hard to rate the value of the Liga Privada T52 as the price and availability blurs the concept. For instance, when compared with some of the $10 cigars from Warped, RoMa Craft or the My Father line, this cigar has a tough time holding up to ‘value.’ Is it 50% better? Not really. And yet, when compared with several other $15 offerings, this cigar has plenty of room to stand on it’s own. Also, considering I’ve been enjoying it for almost 2 hours adds another level of discernment for value.
Somewhat muted flavors
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