There are few debates in the cigar industry that you just can’t win because there is no clear cut answer. The first one is, do you store your cigars in cello or with the cello removed. The second is, how do you cut a La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel? Do you make like Rush Limbaugh and pinch the sides popping the cap, do you use a bullet punch on the top side, or bottom side. Do you use it on both sides, or do you straight cut the cap. These are arguments you just can’t win because all of them have their merits and demerits.
Cigar Review:La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Ring Gauge: 54
The Look: Packaged in a wooden cabinet style box, the La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel is one of the most iconic cigar shapes on the market today. It is also one of the few cigar shapes to be trademarks. The double ligero features a wrapper that is loaded with oils. In the hand the cigar is firm with no voids of tobacco and a well packed foot.
The Notes: Once the cigar is cut (I choose a straight cut about 1/8″ down) the cold draw shows off a sweet raisin and molasses note while the aroma off the foot has more of the molasses note and a touch of cinnamon. After toasting and lighting the cigar the first note is a continued molasses.
As we smoke the first third notes of molasses slowly begin to pull back as pepper becomes the primary note of this cigar especially on the retrohale. As we adjust to the pepper bomb, other notes begin to shine through in the form of coffee, leather and raisins.
The second third sees some of the sweet molasses return with nuances of leather, pepper and coffee. The retrohale isn’t for the weak as it is loaded with white pepper that almost causes the eyes to water. The finish is long, with a subtle nuttiness and lather.
The last third of the La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel sees notes of coffee, licorice, chocolate and a subtle molasses. The retrohale is less intense on the last third, but the pepper is still there keeping you wide eyed and awake with a long leathery finish.
The Finish: If there was a cigar hall of fame, The Chisel would be in it. No, it’s not a 100 rated cigar, or a rare cigar. It however and iconic cigar, remove the band and you know what it is. A cigar that is full strength and full flavor and embodies what La Flor Dominicana is about. It’s like the utility player you need to win a championship, and every humidor should have them ready to pinch hit.
Price: $9.89 / $87.99 (Box of 10)