NOTE: Photo is of another smoke, the one I took of this particular cigar somehow got deleted.
Beautiful. Firm, but not hard; very dark, uniform coloring; slightly toothy.
Earthy, like what you'd imagine rich soil to smell like, with a bit of cocoa and black pepper
Initially, pepper and spice and everything nice! Tons of smoke, which is one of the things I love most about Liga Privadas. About 1/4 of an inch in, the spice dials down, and dark, rich, earthy tobacco takes over. The flavor is cool, but rich. This is the biggest difference between the No.9 and the T-52, in my opinion: The T-52 has a very warm characteristic to it, the No.9 is cool as a cucumber. Dark chocolate and leather and cedar take turns at the front with the rich, earthy tobacco as the stick warms up a bit. After a few more minutes, the dark chocolate takes over. Rick, decadent dark chocolate. The burn so far has been razor sharp!
Almost no black pepper is left, but that lovely oily spice is lingering on the finish. Like when you eat a hot pepper, and lick your lips... it has that effect. I love it. The cedar is more prominent now, the chocolate has taken a bit of a backseat. Cedar and wood intermingle with rich tobacco, and dark cocoa remains in the background. Burn remains razor sharp, ashing about every inch or so. I can feel the nicotine beginning to kick in at this point. The dark chocolate becomes more of a cocoa, and then eventually morphs into a rich, creamy chocolate. The smoke output continues to be stellar.
I'll never know how the final third if this particular No.9 would have smoked, as I got interrupted by one of the kids waking up, and the cigar was long done when I finally got back to it. But I can tell you that of the number I've smoked before, all were nubbed!