The LG from La Flor Dominicana carries the initials of owner Litto Gomez, and this year the 2015 edition will be available in 5 sizes: Oriental (4 7/8 x 38 / $8.80); Cubano (5 x 50 / $11.20); Chisel Puro (5.5 x 54 / $12.80); Americano (5.75 x 46 / $11.20) and Lusitano (6 x 52 / $12.80).
The band which originally denoted “Diez” has been reworked slightly and now has the number 10 which pays homage to the fact the cigar was first released for the 10th Anniversary of the company back in 2004. The LG is a Dominican Puro with all tobacco from Estancia La Flor de Plama in La Canela.
Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana LG 2015
Size: 6 x 52 (Lusitano)
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Source: La Flor Dominicana
The Look (10/10): The La Flor Dominicana LG Band gets reworked, gone is the word Diez and in its place is the number 10. The gold foil on the band seems more virbrant and as a result the band cleaner. In the center is the word LG with a secondary band denoting the year; 2015. As far as the cigar itself it is flawlessly rolled with no seams with hardly a visible vein and some oils visible. In the hand the cigar is firm with a well packed foot.
The Notes (30/35): Once the cigar is clipped the cold draw serves up earthy notes with a touch of cedar and a hint of maple sweetness. The aroma off the foot of the cigar serves up some more cedar and touch of molasses though more faint than in years past.
Once the cigar is lit there is some red pepper notes that subside about a 1/4 inch into the cigar. As that note fades on the palate there is a sweetness that develops that is quite enjoyable. The retrohale is spicy with with some wood notes as well.
In the second third of the LG by La Flor Dominicana the aroma of the cigar has that wow factor, there is something familiar about it, but I’ve yet to put my finger on it. It’s woody, but there is something more. The cigar begins to pick up a hint of molasses with maple notes as well and earthy finish. The aroma of the cigar becomes pepper like before I can identify that which I was experiencing at the start of the second third.
The last third of the cigar, is the strongest part of the smoke. The wood remains but its more a darker wood rather than the sweetness of maple. There is also a leather component present and the aroma is slightly floral while red pepper remains on the retrohale.
The Burn: (33/35): The La Flor Dominicana LG offers up the definition of a perfect burn. The razor-sharp combustion line reveals a firm light color ash that held for the first half of the cigar. The slow smoking draw had a fluid draw and it smoked a little faster than I would have liked.
The Finish (16/20): Smoking the LG it’s hard not to compare it to other years, and for me while the cigar was still incredibly enjoyable something felt off. I guess I had a hard time getting over the lack of molasses that was present on the aroma and palate in years past. The 2015 LG is darker and stronger and for many this might work, but for me I will look for previous releases from years gone by.
- In past years the LG offered up an intoxicating aroma of molasses that I was saddened was more subdued this year.
- The band really pops with additional gold foil and embossing that did not exist in previous years.
- Until a conversation with John Carney of La Flor Dominicana I had no idea that Diez or “10” on the bands was in reference to when the cigar was first introduced (10th Anniversary/2004).
- In the last third of the cigar, I felt the effects of the strength.
- I paired the cigar with Cuban coffee.
- Smoking time was 1 hour 15 minutes.