This review is to compliment the review my fellow Cigar Sage published on the Liga Privada No. 9. There’s an ongoing debate between us as to which one is better. As Connor already stated, there is no correct answer to that. It’s subjective, as is your opinion on every cigar you smoke. There are so many things that can alter your perception on the flavor of a cigar it’s ridiculous.
Anyhow, let’s get into this T52. The one thing I notice every time I pick up any Liga Privada is the density of the cigar. It has a really nice hand-feel. It’s got some heft to it. The wrapper has a bit of discoloration, which I appreciate it. I get weary when I see a completely uniform, pitch-black wrapper on a cigar. There’s a prevalent sweet earth the dominates the palette, with a hint of white pepper lingering on the finish.
This is a cigar that you would benefit by taking your time and keeping the smoke as cool as possible. I fall victim to smoking too quickly sometimes. The flavor is definitely altered when you smoke too fast. The cooler the smoke, the more nuances you’ll be able to detect.
The second-third of this T52 starts to take off with flavor. There’s a prevalent mix of earth, cocoa, coffee, chocolate, with the white pepper still serving as the baseline flavor for this robusto. I know Connor will never let me live this down, but I will say this about T52’s. Most current release T52’s are smoking much better than current No. 9’s. While I’m not ready to jump ship and say that they are better (which is subjective anyway), I’ll at least admit that if you walked into your local Brick & Mortar and they had a new shipment of both 9’s and 52’s, I would suggest picking up the latter.
Strength has been a non-factor for the most part, never really pushing past the medium-full mark. It does creep up to a solid full-bodied smoked in the last inch of the smoke. The last third is truly where the cigar shines, as all the stated flavors above begin to meld together seamlessly. Connor and I would both agree that if you find yourself out at a Brick & Mortar and either of these sticks are available, and you haven’t had one, do yourself a favor and grab one. They aren’t the cheapest stick on the market, but they are a pleasure to smoke.
Let us know in the comments whether you prefer the No. 9 or the T52, and why. We’d greatly appreciate your feedback.
Peace and Broadleaf!