La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary Cigar Review
The cigar industry is big on dates with Litto and Ines Gomez are no different. La Flor Dominicana celebrates their 25th Anniversary with a limited edition cigar. After closing down their jewelry business, Los Libertadores was started by the Gomez family in 1994. In 1996 they would change the name to La Flor Dominicana and as they say the rest is history.
This limited edition cigar celebrating the silver anniversary of La Flor Dominicana was unveiled in Las Vegas at the 2019 IPCPR trade show in July but it didn’t appear on retailer shelves until November. The stick is produced Tabacalera La Flor S.A. Tamboril, Dominican Republic.
Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana
Wrapper: Ecuador Corojo
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Ring Gauge: 52
The Look: Packaged in a 25 count boxes that are black lacquered with a curved lid the packaging has a humidor feel to it. Insider, the cigars sit in a row of 12, and a row of 13 with a wooden insert taking care of the extra space. The gold bands have LFD 25th Anniversary printed in a reddish color on which is a head scratcher since this is the silver anniversary. The Ecuador Corojo wrapper has a sandy texture to it with some visible oils. In the hand it is well packed and fairly hefty.
The Notes: The cold draw of the 25th Anniversary serves up notes of graham crackers along with a maple sweetness. Both notes on the cold draw are subtle while the aroma of the foot is more noticeable containing more maple notes and a touch of cedar. Once the cigar is toasted and lit the initial puffs reveals a sourdough bread component.
Moving on to the first third the notes the bread like notes continue with a hint of raisin sweetness giving the cigar the flavor profile of Panettone which is also sometimes referred to as Italian Christmas bread. As we move deeper into the first third notes of red pepper begin to emerge. The retrohale of the cigar introduces a touch of caramel alongside the aforementioned red pepper notes.
The second third is reminiscent of the Andalusian Bull which isn’t surprising considering they have the same wrapper with the 25th featuring a higher priming along with the same tobaccos making up the binder and filler. There are notes of a subtle black cherry, and a continued sour bread note. The finish of the cigar sees the addition of wheat while the retrohale has hits of oak, oats and red pepper.
As we conclude the last third of the 25th Anniversary from La Flor Dominicana notes of wheat, oak and earth create an enjoyable complexity. Once we remove the band the earthy notes dissipate as the cigar takes on the feel of toasted bread. The finish of the cigar is fairly long and woodsy while the retrohale adds some nuttiness which lingers between puffs.
The Finish: If you smoked the Andalusian Bull this cigar will have a familiar feel profile to it. The finish of the cigar is reminiscent of that cigar as it the front end of each puff. However, there is a lot going on in between the two to give this smoke it’s own identity. The cigar differs from the lines that got the company where it is today, which is good thing because they continue to grow. It continues the new traditions created by the Bull, La Nox and La Volcada. It’s a pricey cigar but worth every penny.
Price: $17.99 / $404.99