As news comes from the TAA that the Robusto won the size for the La Flor Dominican 2015 TAA, we take a look at a cigar that is based on the 2014 TAA. The La Flor Dominicana 707 is a 7 x 70 monster that to be honest I am not looking forward to smoking as I hate the size. But I will put aside my personal taste for the good of the cigar and weigh in with my thoughts.
This cigar is the largest ring gauge production smoke for La Flor Dominicana.
Cigar: La Flor Dominicana
Size: 7 x 70 (707)
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Source: La Flor Dominicana
The Cigar: This smoke has been sitting in my humidor since December and I just couldn’t bring myself to smoke it until I wrote this review a few days ago. The veiny wrapper glistens with oils in typical La Flor Dominicana fashion, and the band denotes it is part of the Ligero series. In the hand the cigar has a hefty weight to it with no soft spots and a well packed foot.
The Notes: The cold draw of the cigar reminds me a bit of edamame and wasabi, and I am truly enjoying the spice of the cold draw. The foot lacks aroma outside of tobacco, but despite its massive girth I am not intrigued at the cigar.
Using up nearly a whole tank of gas to toast the foot, the initial light offers up that typical La Flor Dominicana mix of earth and spice. As the spice from the initial light fades some notes of cedar come into the mix.
In the second third some notes of nougat and caramel begin to develop creating an interest baseline of sweetness over core notes of pepper and wasabi. Around the half way point the two flavor profiles take turn vying for your attention. As the second third comes to a close the spice through the nose is a mild form of wasabi.
The last third of the LFD 707 has notes of cedar and leather, the sweetness of the second third has faded away and the pepper loses its wasabi identity.
The Burn: While I had to put this cigar down from time to time due to the large ring gauge I managed to keep it lit from first light to last puff. During the first third I had to touch it up and this could be from the extended resting time. The draw was perfect and the light color ash held for a couple of inches at a time.
The Finish: Could it be that the 707 is the best size of the Ligero line? I think so as I really enjoyed the cigar despite its massive girth. Give me a corona over a 7 x 70 any day of the week, I really enjoyed the subtleties the cigar brought to the table in terms of its profile. I expect the cigar to be full with lack of flavor due to the binder to filler ratio, however it was not the case. I might have to visit this cigar again in the future as much as I hate to admit it.
Price: $10.69 / $94.99 Box of 10