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Quick Smoke: Drew Estate Liga Privada T52 Belicoso

17 Oct 2015

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Liga Privada T52 Belicoso

The Belicoso (6 x 52) from Drew Estate’s T52 line never disappoints. A hallmark of consistency, this cigar delivers superb construction with a rich, ultra-oily profile of leather, coffee, black pepper, cocoa, and that trademark Liga Privada sweet creamy grassiness (many of you know what I’m talking about; the ability to accurately describe the sensation escapes me). While it may not be inexpensive—keep in mind the stalk-cut “American Habano” Connecticut wrapper is costly to produce—I think you’ll agree you need to treat yourself to a T52 every now and then.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick A

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4 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Drew Estate Liga Privada T52 Belicoso”

  1. JMac Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:26 am #

    Lot of fanboys for this cigar. I found the flavors somewhat artificial tasting. Halfway through the smoke it turned to charcoal, just died in my hand. Never smoked another.

    • Charlie H. Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

      That artificial taste you get is from the process the wrapper goes through (petume/spraying). They take a mixture of water and scrap tobacco/stems and make a tea out of it, its called Cola in the factories. Once it has fermented they spray it on the wrapper leaves to create a more even maduro color, oils, and sweetenss (almost artificial). I’ve noticed the wrappers are waterproof…that is also what makes the cigar smoke like a house on fire!
      I am a huge L40 and Ratzilla fan…when your feeling a Liga there is nothing that will take its place!

    • Steve Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 8:02 am #

      I’ve also tasted the so-called artificial flavor. Coming from a company that makes flavored cigars has turned me off from the whole Liga – Drew Estate product line. That and the strange burning oily rag smoke thing.

      • Charlie H. Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

        That burning oily rag is from spraying the wrappers with water/tobacco mixture…