The La Flor Dominicana Beer Stein was supposed to hit the shelves of retailers in late 2014, but after production delays it landed in early 2015 missing out on the Christmas season. Limited in production to 3,000 units the Beer Stein Edition 1994 is different from the regular release.
According to La Flor Dominicana VP of Sales Jon Carney the Beer Stein Edition features a San Andreas Maduro wrapper in comparison to the Natural that adorns the regular release.
Cigar: La Flor Dominicana 1994 Beer Stein Edition
Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: San Andreas Maduro (Mexico)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium – Full
Source: Two Guys Smoke Shop
The Look: Placing this edition next to the original there is a definite color difference, though without doing the comparison I was saying, “Self, this does not look different then the original.”. The San Andreas Maduro is even in color with a colorful cigar band of black, bronze and a floral logo. In the hand the cigar is firm, with a well packed foot and an above average weight.
The Notes: The foot of the cigar serves up some notes that actually borders on steak sauce, specifically the Pete Luger brand. I’m sitting here salivating and craving a steak cooked rare as I take deep inhales off the foot. The cold draw of the cigar has hearty molasses notes and a slight earth on the forefront.
Once the cigar is lit there is some nice pepper notes on the retrohale that are extremely smooth, while the cigar itself comes off as heartier than the original version. There are notes of molasses and mesquite over a dark chocolate note that would probably pair well with a nice porter stout beer inside the stein.
The second half continues down the path of the previous third though it becomes a tad lighter in density of flavors. Continuing down the pairing route I would move on the a pilsner such as North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner to accompany this third of the stick. There is a roasted note similar to something seared on the open flame of the BBQ.
The last third of the cigar develops a little bit of a bitter edge that would pair well with an IPA. In the background there is still a slight mesquite note with some nuts and coffee on the finish.
The Look: The La Flor Dominicana has an absolutely perfect draw and burn. The burn line is thin, and the white ash holds strong for almost the first half of the cigar. I smoked this to the nub, and it remained lit all the way through. Exquisite construction, this is a true work of art.
The Finish: This past summer The Cigar Authority in conjunction with Two Guys Smoke Shop had a blind taste test in which cigars were sent out with just a number on them. The results placed the La Flor Dominicana as the winner. However, I truly believe that this cigar with this wrapper truly surpassed the original. Flavorful to say the least, this is an epic cigar.