Posts Tagged With: Liga Privada

Liga Privada L40 lancero *pre-release*

I love Liga Privada, both the #9 and the T52 blends. Both made it into my personal top 25 of best cigars of 2010 and I would surprise me if Liga Privada didn’t make it in the top 25 of 2011 too. As a fan, I was thrilled when I heard the news that Drew Estate was working on more Liga Privada blends, one of them being the L40, which would come out with a lancero. My heart jumped when I got a text message from the Dutch distributer, who was in Nicaragua visiting some factories at the time, that he got me a fresh rolled L40 lancero.
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The cigar is a bit crooked, oval shaped and has no band, but I don’t care. The wrapper is dark, oily and wrinkled. The construction feels good and I smell straw and leather. The predraw is fine and reminds me of tobacco and green tea.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor with pepper and toast. After half an inch I taste dry herbs with some wood and chocolate. After an inch the chocolate becomes a bit stronger
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After a third the chocolate turns dark, flavor wise and stronger, just like I expect from a Liga Privada. Halfway I taste a nice dark chocolate with some herbs. The flavors just go on and on while the herbs slowly become the main flavor.
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This cigar comes five minutes short to be a two hour smoke. The draw and the burn are great. The smoke is plentiful and thick. The gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I can’t wait till this cigar is commercially available

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Liga Privada T52 toro

I love Liga Privada, I said that many times before and I will keep saying it as long as the cigars are this good. I smoked some T52’s in the recent past as they just became available on the Dutch market. I smoked the robusto and the belicoso. I have ordered a box of Dirty Rats and a box of Flying Pigs, those will be reviewed too once I receive them. I smoked the toro for a review today. The price tag of this cigar is € 11.00 in The Netherlands.
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This 6 x 52 cigar looks great with its dark and oily wrapper. I see a few thin veins and smell a floral aroma. The construction feels good and the predraw is a bit tight, but not too tight to complain. I get a spicy flavor from the predraw.
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I taste spicy coffee with earth, some chocolate and a mild pepper. The coffee disappears after half an inch. I taste spicy wood with earth and chocolate. The feeling in my mouth is dry. The wood slowly becomes the main flavor.
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Halfway I get more chocolate, dark chocolate. After two thirds I taste more herbs and all flavors get stronger. Near the end I also taste white pepper.
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This cigar is a slow burner due to the thick wrapper. This 6 inch cigar lasted me two hours and twenty five minutes. I got a good amount of smoke, which started out thin but got thicker along the way. The draw is great and the burn is good. The as is dark, frayed and not firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the belicoso and robusto better

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Liga Privada T52 belicoso

As you can see from my older Liga Privada reviews like the T52 robusto, #9belicoso oscuro, #9 robusto oscuro and the #9 Flying pig, I love Liga Privada and it would surprise me if they don’t make the Cigar Aficionado top 25 for 2010. The T52 blend recently became available on the Dutch market and this 6×52 belicoso has a € 12.00 price tag.
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The wrapper is dark, oily and silky with a few long thin veins. The cigar has a mild smell of a barnyard and cedar. The construction feels good. The predraw is great and has a pepper flavor.
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I taste a soft coffee flavor with earth, full flavored but smooth and soft with a mild sweetness that turns into dry cocoa after a quarter of an inch. After half an inch I taste some pepper in the aftertaste, but real mild.
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After an inch the sweet chocolate becomes stronger with more earth and a little pepper in the aftertaste. That is the mixture of flavors that I keep tasting for a long time, the flavors don’t develop but I don’t mind because I love what I taste. Near the end I taste a more spicy mix of chocolate, a little bit of earth and cedar.
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This cigar lasted me for a long long time, two hours and fifteen minutes. The silver gray ash is firm. The draw and burn are fantastic. I got a good amount of reasonable thick smoke. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Absolutely

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 9 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Liga Privada T52 robusto

Ever since I smoked my first Liga Privada, the No. 9, I am in love with the brand. Heck, I’m wearing a Liga Privada cap while I am typing this review. I never had the t52 blend until a few weeks ago when I was in Florida for vacation. When I got back home I found out that the t52 is now available in The Netherlands and I picked up a robusto, which has a € 10.00 price here in The Netherlands.
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Although it is called robusto, it looks bigger and more badass than the standard 5×50 robustos, I don’t know why because the length is the same and it is only a bit thicker with the 52 rg. The wrapper is dark, almost black, oily and shiny. I see a few small veins. The band is simple yet clear and pretty. The construction feels good and I smell a barnyard smell with straw and wood. The predraw is fine and I taste straw, pepper and raisin.
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I taste a smooth coffee flavor, warm and without the bitterness I usually taste when a cigar starts with a full coffee flavor. I also taste some hay. After a quarter of an inch I taste an earthy flavor with a mild pepper and some chocolate sweetness with wood. The pepper is mild and only noticeable in the aftertaste. After half an inch I taste nuts and wood, with some pepper and a bit of an earty flavor. These are the flavors that I taste for a long time.
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The pepper disappears. The wood and nut flavors are balanced and complex. It is hard to describe the flavors, but what I taste is nice and unique. After two thirds I taste a sweet earthy flavor with a mild aftertaste of white pepper. The nut flavor is gone and I taste something that reminds me of carrots. I like it.
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I got a lot of thick white smoke. The draw is fantastic and the burn is good. The ash starts out dark but gets lighter along the way and it is quite firm. This full flavored and full bodied cigar has a smoke time of two hours.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No doubt about it

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Liga Privada #9 belicoso

What a single cigar can do. The Liga Privada changed my whole opinion on Drew Estate cigars. After smoking the Flying Pig and the Robusto oscuro, Liga Privada became one of my favorite brands and that while I would not touch anything made by Drew Estate before, due to their infused cigars which I don’t like at all. I decided that the Liga Privada #9 Belicoso oscuro deserved a review too, so I picked the last of my stash of 6×52 belicosos from my humidor, got myself a bottle of water, grabbed the palio and the blazer, sat down, cut the cigar and enjoyed.
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I just love the simple band. The wrapper is dark and oily, shiny and smooth and only has a few veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste a mild raisin flavor. The cigar has a strong barnyard and straw smell.
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I taste a full coffee flavor with some wood and after a quarter of an inch the coffee makes place for leather. After a third I taste a nice mixture of cedar and leather. The cedar becomes the dominant flavor and the leather becomes more of an aftertaste. Again this cigar reminds me of a tweaked Opus X, same sort of cedar flavor but less complex. The feeling in my mouth is dry.
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A little past halfway I also taste a mild walnut flavor and the cigar becomes a bit creamy. After two thirds the cedar becomes a bit sweet.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty-five minutes. The draw was fine, just like the burn. The ash is very light, almost white of color and firm. I got plenty of smoke. This cigar is both full in flavor and full in body.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt!

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 9 / 10

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Liga Privada #9 flying pig

I have to give a lot of credit to Steve Saka, president of Drew Estate. Before he created and released the Liga Privada #9 I would take a walk around the block to avoid touching anything with the Drew Estate name to it, but after smoking a Liga Privada #9 I wanted more of those. And then there came the Flying Pig, a fat funny looking stick that made its way to the top 5 of my “want to try” list. I tried it, and loved it.
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The flying pig is made from the same blend as the normal Liga Privada #9, so it has a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, a Brazilian binder and Honduran & Dominican filler. The wrapper is nice and dark and is almost veinless, it looks like a small bomb. The cap has a pig tail, but that was expected with a name like this. The cigar has a full barnyard aroma. The construction feels good, but the predraw is a bit easy and leaves a delayed pepper flavor on the tongue.
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Right from the start I can taste cacao, mild bitter and earthy flavors. After a few puffs I can also taste some herbs and spices, like seedless red peppers. After a third the flavors mellow out, the pepper and the cacao disappeared, the herbal flavors and the earth are now the only flavors noticeable.
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Halfway the aftertaste becomes a mild creamy chocolate flavor but unfortunately the chocolate doesn’t stick around, the creaminess does. Close to the end the cacao returns.
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The draw starts off a little bit on the loose side but gets better. I get a lot of smoke from this cigar, medium thick and it has a blue shine to it. The cigar has a strange shape, and just like perfectos I can’t get it to burn straight in the beginning, but after a correction the cigar burns quite well. The ash is white, compact and firm as you can see on the pictures. The cigar is full flavored and medium/full bodied. There is hardly any build up of tar. It lasted me little over an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, yes, yes, I want more. I bought 2 of those in a box split and promised the other cigar to a friend, but fortunately he got a box of his own so I have one left to smoke.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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