20 responses

  1. Stephen P
    November 20, 2009

    Nice review. I may have to give this cigar a shot. I’ve seen it at my B&M so I may pick one up over the weekend.


  2. DJ
    November 20, 2009

    Wow! VERY nice review — and good call on the port! Def. something to track down…


  3. CM
    December 2, 2009

    I prefer a plug cutter for all but my torpedoes. As soon as I started to cut the plug, the wrapper split to the band. This may have been a storage problem at the shop where I bought it, but I was still disappointed. I was sorry I spent the $12.95.


  4. Steve Saka
    February 10, 2010


    I am not sure about using a plug cutter on a torpedo, however we will definitely give you replacement smoke.

    Btw, it must have been the No. 9 blend, because the T52 is not currently available in a figurado shape. Which means it had a No. 1 Dark CT Broadleaf ligero wrapper, which will make using a plug cutter extra difficult on this cigar. Just too thick a capa imo.

    Regardless, just email John Brook (jbrooke@drewestate.com) and he will hook you up with a new smoke! Sorry for the problem…


    Steve Saka
    President, Drew Estate


  5. MikeS
    February 11, 2010


    I think CM ment he uses plug cutter on everything “but” torpedo. Certainly a plug would be extremely difficult on a torpedo. I enjoyed your interview (forget periodical) where you recount first joining Drew Estates Cigar Company. Having to report sooner than planned only to witness chaos at meeting. Hope your still having fun and life is good. When you see Johnathan tell him I ran into his old friend John on South Side of Chicago at “For Men Only” cigar shop. He is a great guy and has great stories.
    PS Nice of you to reach out to CM. I respect a president that keeps his ear to the ground. See Ya


  6. Steve Saka
    February 11, 2010

    MikeS: You are right – thanks for the correction. My apologies to CM… maybe someday I will actually learn to read.

    CM: Doesn’t change the fact that we owe you a replacement smoke, so please be sure to email John Brooke (jbrooke@drewestate.com) – thanks!




  7. MikeS
    February 12, 2010

    Steve- Thanks for quick response. My guess is you read a ton of stuff daily. Is there a way I can correspond with you or Drew? If so please email me at “theschulers@yahoo.com”


  8. Ed
    June 18, 2010

    I recently had a chance to smoke the T52 – what a great cigar. The flavors and aromas written in the review are dead on. It produced a very long ash, and I too nubbed this one. Excellent smoke!



  9. Doug Jacobson
    July 27, 2010

    I tried one of these yesterday at the recommendation of the salesman of my favorite B&M. I don’t usually smoke drew estate for the sane reason as the author, just not my thing. All I cab say is wow! This cigar is beautifully constructed, had a flawless burn, and the review is pretty close to what I tasted so nice job. My only regret is that I haven’t tried Steve Saka’s personal cigar before yesterday. I really enjoyed it and will try other non-flavored offerings from drew. This is in my top three with My Family and MJ12 which are in my reg rotation. Everyone should try this one.


  10. The Cap’n
    October 26, 2010

    Thank you all for your positive feedback. Steve, it is always a special honor when someone from a manufacturer reads my reviews. A close friend of mine recently told me he discovered a great new cigar I had to try and he handed me a Liga Privada, hahaha.
    Best regads to all.
    The Cap’n


  11. MikeA
    November 21, 2010

    You’ve got to be kidding. Normally I love Drew estate, both the dirt and acid varieties are rich and flavorful. So when the tabacco shop had neither I was sold the pricey T-52 and it was the worst smoke I ever had. It was strong, harsh, and flavorless. The only thing that I can say is good about itnis that it holds together well and provides a smooth draw. I told the shop owner that I don’t like strong cigars and he told memthat this is less strong than the Dirt Naturals – he needs to have his head examined. As someone who grew up smoking Cubans it amazes me how people in the US equate strong, bitter, and flavorless cigars (like the T-52) with Cubans. What they fail to understand is that a good Cuban cigar is not strong, just very full of flavor. I would have far preferred a $7 La Gloria Cubana to this $15 monstrosity. Drew Estate should be ashamed of themselves.


  12. The Cap’n
    November 23, 2010

    Mike, Thank you for your input; however there seems to be some miscommunication here. No where in the review did I equate the T-52 with a Cuban made or “Cuban style” cigar and browsing the comments above, neither did anyone else. Let me repeat what I always say, “taste is highly subjective.” What one person likes, another may not and when posting public comments a gentleman should be mindful not to be insulting to others.

    The Acids and Dirts are highly flavored and / or sweetened cigars which most aficionados of traditional and premium cigars do not smoke. They appreciate the true flavors and nuances of a cigar which come solely from the tobacco itself and the way it is cured and aged, not from adjuncts added to it. Additionally, strength is a measure of the amount of nicotine and certain other things which create the sensation of “spice” in a cigar as well as the “buzz” you get from some, NOT the body, flavor, or complexity of a cigar. As for the “Cuban cigar myth,” well that is a write-up all of its own.

    Enjoy yours and let others enjoy theirs,


  13. Steve
    December 13, 2010

    Just finished smoking a T52. It’s a nice cigar that had an excellent draw and perfect brun. However, my impression is that this is not a tremendously flavorful or aromatic stick. As mentioned above, it is a very mellow cigar and it is very difficult to pin down the flavors because they are so mild. I smoked a wonderful Illusione Phantom LE (similar price but hard to find) several hours before the T52 and the T52 does not hold a candle to it. I honestly expected more. The wrapper had my mouth savoring over lighting up this stick but it just didn’t deliver all the way. I am certainly not saying it’s a bad cigar and I thought it was quite good. It just fell a little short of my expectations. Perhaps strengthen up these babies and you’ve got a winner.


  14. MikeK
    January 5, 2011

    Being from Canada, I appreciate good cigars when I seldom get them. This cigar started with thick smoke and amazing subtle leather and strong spice and cocoa flavor. 1.5 inches in now and its still a great smoke, but is losing some of the amazing cocoa flavor it started with. It still has a perfect draw, ash and burn. The other 4 I have will have to sit in my humidor for awhile, if I can rsist them. The one I am smoking I received today in the mail and I couldn’t wait for it to rest. 2 inches now and it is staying consistent. Easy on the tongue. Less peppery than when it started, but I like it better that way. 1/2 done now and it is tasting bit ashy, but otherwise is still a good smoke. I don’t know what it cost, but it would rate along with a good $11 cigar. I will nub this one.


  15. Benjamin
    March 25, 2011

    Today i went to a well known and respected shop in Arizona looking for a Illusione for they are my fav. Upon finding them(illusione) the associate introduced me to the T52 and to my surprise i was highly impressed. While enjoying the T52 i decided to run a search on it and came across this review. The review of the T52 is spot on to exactly what i was experiencing at that moment. It’s now less than 15 minutes after enjoying it and I am still feeling and tasting the beautiful flavors and relaxation of the T52. I am now hook, line and sunk to this cigar and cannot wait to buy my next T52. I paid $10.25 for it and i feel it couldn’t be better priced.


  16. The Cap’n
    April 4, 2011

    I am very glad you enjoyed it and have discovered a new smoke for your humidor. I also couldn’t be happier that you detected the same flavor profile as I did. Taste varies greatly from person to person. We could smoke or drink the same thing side by side and have different opinions but it is always a pleasure to me when I have helped a fellow ‘lover of the leaf’ out.



  17. jim scott
    June 29, 2011

    i was introduced to the t52 while on vacation, in march, down in key west, fla., at the key west cigar club on duval st. i loved it. when i got back to los angeles, i was unable to find it at my usual cigar shop and was told that it was hard to find and only released in limited quanities and to very few shops. since i doubt i will be back to key west anytime soon….thank god for ups!


  18. abomb60
    August 11, 2011

    Bought one a week ago at a local smokeshop and just went back today to get an entire box. Seems to be a little hard to find them online but luckily my local shop has them for a good deal.


  19. Ennbee15
    May 18, 2012

    Just got this t52 from a friend of mine. It’s fantastic. I’m going to have procure more. Good work! I actually enjoy the tabac negra and the muwat.


  20. Ron bruce
    February 16, 2013

    Love the drew estates cigars, buy my cigars from fogue and bates in tulsa, I love the tabak choc coffee, t52 and the no 9, my wife likes the acid toast. Keep up the good work


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