After the many accolades of the Liga Privada #9 series, Steve Saka and Jonathan Drew labored to develop a far more potent cigar; and the T52 does that duplicitously in both body and strength. The T52, released on a variably annual production and currently only in two sizes, a Robusto and a Toro mostly due to the limitations of the blend’s availability. The wrapper’s a stalk cut U.S. Connecticut Sungrown Habano, the binder’s a Brazilian Mata Fina, and the filler is jointly Honduran and Nicaraguan; and much like the LP9’s these too hail from Nicaragua. The T52 Robusto borders on being a robusto gordo at 5×52, or the antiquated size of Rothschild.

The wrapper is practically vein-less, and dark-chocolate brown to jet black in color (most likely due to a triple fermentation); the wrapper smells of cinnamon, espresso, hickory, and molasses.

Off of the toasted foot I pick up hints of caramel, cocoa, espresso, ginger, nutmeg, sugar cane, and toast.

The draw is effortless, and the wrapper tastes of anise, Cuban coffee, green tea, and paprika.

The foot billows with white smoke, and the ash is a grainy salt and pepper color; the smoke off of the nose smells of licorice and vanilla extract. Off of the palette there are hints of 60% cacao, Cuban coffee, hickory, licorice, mesquite, peppercorns, tarragon, and thyme; there’s also a subtle tooth to the wrapper.

The ash in ringing in one millimeter bands; approximately twenty minutes and three quarters of an inch in I picked up a brief hint of iron, which may have leached into the tobacco from the soil content from the particular parcel of land in Connecticut.  Now the rings are banding in fragmented two millimeter bands.

At four inches remaining and thirty minutes in, I’m picking up hints of cocoa, earth, leather, mahogany, mocha, and white chocolate; the smoke now smells of black peppercorns, caramel, and thyme.

I find the T52 to be fuller in both strength and body in due contrast to the Liga Privada 9’s which I find bordering on the medium-full spectrum for both body and strength. My findings are also correlative to the fact of the stalk-cut tobaccos used in the T52’s as opposed to the standardized cultivation of primings found with the LP9’s and the vast multitude of the other cigars on the global market.

The draw is extraordinarily cool, while the touch is noticeably warm; the foot burns relatively evenly, with the rarely occurring canoe. At the three inch and forty-five minute marks hints of various peppers hit the palette; indicating the multi-dimensional nature of the body within this particular blend. Ranging from the earthy, to sweet, to peppery, to whatever I’ve yet to encounter thus far. Speak of the devil, I’m now picking up hints of butter cream, Cuban coffee, Madeira, molasses, oak, and white peppercorns at an hour in, and two and a half inches remaining.

These are marvelous sticks, which are unfortunately very hard to come by.

Purchased from Humidor Cigar World in Newport, RI on July eighth for 11.50$ before tax.