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The Liga Privada T52 Robusto

I had heard good things about the Liga Privada line from my friends at BlackOpsTobacco (find more information about these guys through their podcast, twitter or youtube channel), so I picked up a couple sticks from the good folks at pipesandcigars.com.  I bought two T9’s and two T52’s and was able to enjoy a T52 while relaxing on a mini-vacation this weekend in the Dallas area.  Here are the details on the cigar:

  • Size:  5×52 (Robusto)
  • Wrapper:  American Habano
  • Binder:  Brazillian Mata-Fina
  • Filler:  Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
  • Strength:  Medium/Full

While my son and wife napped, I slipped down to the hotel’s garden area with my T52.  Upon inspection, this cigar was a real feast for the eyes.  The dark chocolate colored wrapper was firm and tight.  I was equally impressed with the quality of the band too.  I took time to read it since I appreciate artistic cigar bands.  I used my trusty bullet cutter since I had forgotten my guillotine at home.

The loose draw was a bit of a surprise to me since the wrapper was so firm.  I could tell from the first few draws that I would need to take my time with this cigar to keep it from burning too hot.  Unfortunately, the Arlington winds were so strong that I think they played at least a small factor in an uneven burn.

From the start, the Liga Privada T52 produced a ton of smoke.  And right from the beginning, the flavors were crazy good:  coffee, caramel, spice, cocoa–all were there.  It seemed as if the flavors changed with each drag!  As far as body is concerned, the T52 started off rather mild but it definitely didn’t stay there.  The T52 built in intensity as the cigar progressed and ended with the strength of a full bodied cigar.

All in all, I would recommend you try the Liga Privada T52.  And I suggest you check out the botcast for everything tobacco related.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Pipe and cigar thoughts

 

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The Onyx Reserve Robusto (Square Pressed) Maduro

I never would have thought that I would have been able to enjoy a cigar outside today because of the rain and thunderstorms we experienced this morning on the commute to work.  But around 10am, the clouds moved out and the sun began drying us out.  As the old saying goes “if you don’t like the weather, just wait ten minutes.”

  • Size:  Robusto (5 x 50)
  • Wrapper:  Blackened Connecticut Maduro
  • Binder:  Nicaraguan
  • Filler:  Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian
  • Strength:  Medium

 

So it is with great delight that I am able to bring to you a review of The Onyx Reserve Robusto (Square Pressed) Maduro.  At first look, this cigar is a real eye catcher.  It features a dark brown/black maduro wrapper and the elegant black, white and gold Onyx band.  Upon closer inspection there were a few flaws in the outer wrapper, but nothing that gave me much cause for concern.  After punch-cutting the cap, I took a draw which was met with quite a bit of resistance  The draw problems continued as I lit the cigar.  I was really having to work to get any smoke at all!  The flavors were dark cocoa and black coffee with a very short aftertaste.  Usually I’ll sip water as I smoke a cigar, but there was no need to with this guy!  The taste were there, they just weren’t very strong and didn’t stick around.

A breakthrough came in the second third of the cigar as it opened up and produced some thicker smoke, but it was still a bit of a struggle.  I still enjoyed the dark, espresso tastes into the second third.  The burn was very even throughout, but again, it was a hot smoke.  Towards the end of the second third is when I had to set this cigar down.  I started getting an almost metallic, bitter taste.  You’ve heard of grandpa soaking his cigars in cognac, right?  It was like this cigar was soaked in jet fuel.  The closing tastes coupled with the super tight draw are enough to keep me from ever purchasing this cigar again.  But that’s the great thing about this hobby, isn’t it?  You never know if you’ll like it until you try it!

 

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Reviews

 

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Smoking away the weekend (three cigar mini reviews)

Monday always comes around too soon!  Despite being called in to work for a little while on Saturday, I was able to enjoy three different cigars:  two of which were very enjoyable!  Now I should say that these reviews will not be like my usual extensive reviews.  On the weekends, I tend to give my brain a little time off and just enjoy the tobaccos without giving them much thought.  So without further ado…

I started on Friday afternoon with the Graycliff Red:

  • Size:  Robusto (5.25 x 50)
  • Wrapper:  Indonesian
  • Binder:  Dominican, Brazilian
  • Filler:  Nicaraguan
  • Strength:  Medium

I received this cigar in a five-pack sampler from Famous Smoke Shop.  They sell a five pack of Graycliff Reds for just over $50, but according to their website, the suggested retail for the five-pack at $83.40 (or $16.68 per stick!).  Now I’m not likely to pay that much for a single cigar, so I was glad that it was part of my sampler which cost me around $18 with shipping included!  The long and short of this cigar is that it was a very well constructed, overly spicy cigar.  Maybe it was the Indonesian wrapper, but I did not like this cigar.  From start to finish it was just too spicy for my tastes.  The burn was nice and even throughout and I stayed with it all the way through hoping the tastes would mellow into something enjoyable, but it just never happened.  So if you’re looking to spend $16 on a cigar, I suggest you look elsewhere–or better yet, buy two $8 cigars and double your pleasure!

On Saturday, I got called in to work for an hour or so.  After work, I decided to go to my local tobacconist to smoke a cigar, relax and watch some baseball and The Masters.  There, for the first time, I tried the CAO La Traviata Divino:

  • Size:  Robusto (5 x 50)
  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian grown Habano seed
  • Binder:  Cameroon
  • Filler:  Nicaraguan and Dominican
  • Strength:  Medium to Full

I have heard many good things about this cigar and I was as impressed with it as the others.  This cigar was leathery with some pepper, but the taste wasn’t too powerful.  It developed into an earthy, nutty flavor as it got into the second third.  I did have some construction issues in the second third, but overall this was a great smoke.  The price point for this cigar was around $5, so you can’t really go wrong with that.  Give the CAO La Traviata Divino a try!

I had enjoyed the CAO so much (and wasn’t ready to leave the tobacconist just yet), so I chose an Arturo Fuente Short Story from the humidor and lit it up.  Now the Short Story is a uniquely shaped cigar.  It is a perfecto shape and sports a 49 band.  The Short Story gets larger as it approaches the foot before being tapered off at the foot for easy lighting.

  • Size:  Robusto (4 x 49)
  • Wrapper:  Cameroon
  • Binder:  Dominican
  • Filler:  Dominican
  • Strength:  Medium

I used a double guillotine cutter on this cigar, but was very displeased with the draw as I puffed away.  I had never re-cut a cigar before, but I pulled the cutter out again and clipped off a little bit more of the cap.  That proved to be a great move because the draw opened right up, the flavor profile consisted of a little spice and some sweetness.  If you have trouble getting the ‘perfect light’ then this cigar is for you since it’s essentially fool proof–and you won’t be disappointed with the taste!

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Reviews

 

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