Cigar Reviews

Drew Estate Liga Privada T52 6×60

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This week we will be taking a first look at yet another size to add to Drew Estate’s Liga Privada T52 portfolio. The 6×60 monster of a smoke. Being that I only had one of these pre-production cigars, this will just be a quick, loose review on my first thoughts of the new size.

Liga Privada T52 Royale with Cheese 6x60

The Good Stuff: Royale with Cheese, you heard that right. Drew Estate always has quirky code names for all of their pre-production blends. Will this be the final name of the vitola? Probably not. But the master minds at Drew Estate never fail to surprise me. (EDIT: I was notified by Steve Saka that this is actually NOT the Royale with Cheese! See the comments below for his explaination.)It’s (from what I know) the same blend as the T52.  For more information on the T52 blend you can navigate to my review of the toro or my review of the flying pig. Same blend, just in gigantic form. I used to love the hell out of larger ring gauged cigars, but lately I will almost always go for the corona. I just think the smaller ring gauges kick out so much extra flavor. Will the monster size dull-out the massive flavors of the T52? Let’s find out.

Size: 6 x 60  –  Wrapper: Stalk Cut Habano  –  Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan/Honduran/Dominican – Brazilian Mata Fina

Liga Privada T52 Royale with Cheese 6x60

Prelight: Quickly touching on the prelight characteristics, they are completely identical to the T52’s, just WAY bigger. Super, super, super oily wrapper. Toothy, and a dark chocolate brown with tons of orange spots. One of two big veins running the length of the body,  but nothing too crazy. Nice rounded cap, and the standard Liga Privada T52 band. This cigar is heavy as hell, and carries a very firm, and thick wrapper with absolutely no soft spots at all.

Liga Privada T52 Royale with Cheese 6x60

The cigar smells like straight up cedar, a ton of spice, and some nice espresso notes. The foot smells almost identical, only with a much more pronounced aroma. The cap took a bit of convincing from my Liga Privada double-bladed cutter before clipping off. The cut was clean, it just took a bit of extra pressure. The cold draw matched the aromas I picked up earlier to a tee. The only difference was the cedar was much more pronounced and there was a butt-load of pepper in there.

Liga Privada T52 Royale with Cheese 6x60

First Smoke: This T52 6×60 took quite a bit to light up using my single flame butane torch. I almost forgot how much work it took to get bigass cigars lit. The cigar didn’t start off with nearly as much pepper as I expected. A lot smoother, with a ton of cedar, espresso, cocoa, and spice. The draw is REALLY open at the start of the first third. It gives out a nice, full mouth of smoke, but takes a few draws to get there.  After about a half inch though the foot was nice and ashy and the draw tightened up. And if you thought the normal T52 gave off a lot of stationary smoke, this T52 is like a wildfire.  The burn line was perfect and the tightly compacted light grey ash held on for and inch and a half before giving way.

Liga Privada T52 Royale with Cheese 6x60

Halfway There: As I thought, the T52 6×60 is a lot smoother, and more open than what I was used to in the other T52 vitolas. Not to say the flavor hasn’t been there, but it’s not as powerful as the other vitolas. The second third flavors match the first only a bit smoother, creamier, and not as strong. The cedar has really taken off though, mixed with a nice, creamed coffee with the spice in the background. The retrohale is good, tons of cedar, but very strong with spice and pepper. I am also already feeling a lot of nicotine from this cigar early in. It’s not for the faint of heart. Burn line is perfect, and draw has been wonderful since it tightened up in the first third.

Liga Privada T52 Royale with Cheese 6x60

Finish: The flavors really haven’t changed much into the final third of this Liga Privada T52 6×60. Mainly, the spice and pepper have completely disappeared, but the cedar and the coffee and creamy notes have ramped up as well as the strength of the cigar. This thing really has a bite and I really don’t recommend it if you aren’t one for strong cigars. The ash has been kind of flaky into the final third too, which is strange cause I really didn’t feel any soft spots, nor could I find any mis-construction. The ash seems to fall off at random times too, twice in my lap. But that’s what I get for always waiting for the last minute to tap my ash out. Towards the end there was no harshness at all. I was REALLY surprised with how smooth this cigar faired out from start to finish.

Liga Privada T52 Royale with Cheese 6x60

Overview: This is a beast of a cigar. It took me about two hours to take it down entirely. Ever heard the saying “you can never have too much of a good thing?”, this cigar goes to show that you can. At least, in my opinion. This cigar was just too much for me. The flavors where there, the smoothness let me finish it, and the creaminess resulted with no harshness at all. But still, this was just too much cigar for me. Anyone who loves the T52 and is looking for a larger vitola to fit those days when you are just looking for a little more “relaxation” time will find this cigar absolutely perfect. Maybe I’m just not one for the larger sizes?

Liga Privada T52 Royale with Cheese 6x60

Pairing: I paired this Liga Privada T52 with a with a beer I absolutely adore. New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Series Dunkel Weiss. Usually I don’t pair the only cigar I have with a beer with so much flavor, but I knew the blend was similar so I already knew that the T52 6x60would pair perfectly with this beer.  This Dunkel Weiss if a hell of a flavor-bomb. Really, be prepared for it. It’s not anything like a traditional Dunkel. This thing tastes like just a whole crap load of fruit, apples, berries, plum, tons of banana, mixed with a bunch of malt, caramel, and a VERY strong cinnamon aftertaste. Needless to say this was an absolutely wonderful pairing with the soft fruit notes, espresso, spice, and cedar picked up in this Liga Privada T52 6×60.

Liga Privada T52 Royale with Cheese 6x60

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

11 Comments

  1. jaredwharton

    May 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

    How do they do the smoothness??????? No one else makes such powerful smokes that remain so smooth. It’s magic! I agree though (in theory) that is a long time but if I had it there isn’t a line out there I’d rather spend 2 hours with. Thanks Tony!

  2. Tony Casas

    May 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Thanks Jared! agreed man, Strong and smooth. Can’t beat it!

  3. Dalamscius

    May 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Wacky name for a massive cigar! I enjoyed the T52 and thought it was pretty strong. I don’t think I’d ever attempt this one due to it’s size. Just not interested…
    Coronas and Robustos seem to be the sweet spot for me.

  4. Tony Casas

    May 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Yeah Daniel this cigar is a beast. I can smoke strong cigars with the rest of them, but even I have to admit this was a little too much for me.

  5. Dan

    May 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Nice review TC. The name on this cigar is amazing. I’m a big fan of the movie “Pulp Fiction” and the scene where they mention the “Royale with Cheese” is a favourite. As for the size, I’m a Corona/Robusto kind of man. I really love the wrapper on this though. I think there was another cigar you guys reviewed with a similar wrapper (vainy, toothy & tough to cut).

  6. Dan

    May 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    It was the “Double Signature Reserve by Drew Estate” that I was referring to with what seemed to have a similar wrapper..

  7. Tadd

    May 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I am with you I always reach for a smaller ring gauge smoke over this new fad to make jumbos…. I don’t get it. I dolike the T52 better than the 9’s but a 60 ring gauge… I will pass… The Liga lines do smoke like crazy too… Like a friggin chimney.

  8. Tony Casas

    May 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    @Dan – Thanks! I thought the same way.GOO QUINTEN TARENTINO! And yessir, it’s actually the exact same leaf used for the wrapper on both the double signature and the T52.

    @Tadd – you like the T52 more than the 9? It’s always interesting to see everyone’s preference. It’s split down the middle.

  9. Steve Saka

    June 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the review, but I have one minor correction: This is not the LP Unico “Royale with Cheese”, it is the T52 blend adjusted for the scale of the 6 x 60 format. Essentially a 6 x 60 T52 – just like the band says. These were made to share with people who visited the factory and a few friends.

    Nobody outside of the factory has smoked the RWC. This is a work in progress at this point and not ready to be shared yet.

    Thanks and keep up the great work.

    BR,

    Steve Saka
    Prez, Drew Estate

  10. Steve Saka

    June 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    ps: the RWC is also a 6 x 60 and I think some folks in our office may have given out mis-info because this is the 2nd blog I have seen reviewing this as the RWC… no harm, no foul… glad you liked the cigar Tony!

    As soon as the RWC is ready to test, I will get you a few to try, but given you thought this one was a beast, the RWC is gonna kill ya’. ;>

    Steve Saka
    Still Prez, Drew Estate

    • Tony Casas

      June 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks for the Read and the information! Yeah, sorry about that. I have updated the post to reflect the correct size. From what I gather the RWC sounds like a HELL of a smoke and I’d be more than appreciative given the chance to review it!! IF it’s anything like the dirty rat I know I’ll love it. Thanks for the considerations.

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