Cigar Coop Hall of Fame
Inductee Name: Drew Estate Liga Privada T2
Inductee Category: Cigar (Automatic Selection – 2009 Cigar of the Year)
Inductee Year: 2011
For each year’s induction of cigars, the Cigar of the Year selected by me will qualify for automatic induction. Given that I established the Hall of Fame in 2011, I decided to include my selection for 2009 Cigar of the Year.
The distinguishing factor is the American Stalk-Cut Habano wrapper. The American Habano wrapper is a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper of Stalk Cut Tobacco. For Stalk Cut Tobacco, this means when the leaf is cut, the entire leaf is cut – including the stalk. When the leaf is hung to dry, it is hung to dry from the stalk . For the T52, this provides a beautiful dark/reddish wrapper.
From a flavor standpoint, there is a ton of complexity. Highlights from the flavor profile include: coffee, cream, orange, chocolate, and pepper spices. This cigar is a textbook example for balancing flavor vs. strength of a cigar. It’s full-bodied in flavor and medium to full in strength (although it becomes full at the very end)
Construction is top-notch. For a Hall of Fame cigar, one would expect consistently outstanding burn and draw. This is exactly what the Liga Privada T52 brings to the table
Wrapper: Stalk-cut Connecticut (American) Habano
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Honduran, Dominican, Nicaraguan
Corona Doble: 7 x 54
Toro 6 x 52
Robusto 5 x 52
Belicoso 6 x 52
Flying Pig: 4 1/8 x 60 (Limited)