With IPCPR just days away there are a lot of brands that will be introduced that might not remain on the market in two years as the FDA regulations inch closer to enforcement. In fact, in three years there might not be any brands on the shelf that were introduced after 2007.
The La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero is a brand that will meet the requisite date and will continue to exist after the FDA gets their filthy mitts on the industry we love so much. In fact, if there is a silver lining to this mess, there are brands that we may have lost site of over the years that will make it back on our radar.
Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Flor S.A.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Ring Gauge: 52
Cutter: Lotus Jaws
Lighter: Vertigo Cyclone 2
The Look: Packaged in cabinet style boxes, the LFD Double Ligero is an oily cigar especially in the Maduro format. Featuring a red, black and gold band the cigar is firm with no soft spots and a well packed foot. The LFD DL 600 Maduro is flawlessly rolled.
The Notes: When I cut into a La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero I am whisked away to the mountains of Santiago and Camp David hotel. The sites, the sounds, and the aroma of the cigar factory the morning after a night indulging in Ron Barcelo rum. The cold draw is tobacco and molasses with an aroma of molasses and figs.
Once the cigar is lit there are notes of molasses and mocha with nuances of earth. As we progress through the first third of the cigar some spice builds on the retrohale with a nose tingling finish.
The second third of the La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero builds in intensity and on the flavor profile. The cigar has rich flavorful notes of mocha and figs with the underlying sweetness of molasses. Around the halfway point some espresso notes emerge with a spicy finish on the retrohale.
Entering the last third of the DL 600 from LFD the coffee notes become dominant with a touch of leather. In the background some sweetness lingers but the finish is spicy with notes of black pepper through the nose.
The Burn: A slow burning cigar the La Flor Dominicana has a razor sharp burn with a thin combustion line. The draw of the cigar was spot on with the right amount of resistance. The medium ash held strong with no flake and the cigar remained lit from first light to last puff.
The Finish: La Flor Dominicana is a cigar that stands out on its own when compared to other cigars from the nation that shares an island with Haiti. It’s been around for quite sometime and it is still as great as the first time I smoked it. Litto Gomez built a company around the Ligero lines, and it is easy to see why the company has been so successful since its inception in 1994.
Price: $7.89 / $138.99