Last year for the first time La Flor Dominicana offered 3 samples to TAA Retailers and they in turn got to vote which cigar would become the Limited Edition production for the TAA 47th. Retailers said how many they would order on each size and based upon those numbers a cigar was picked.
This year La Flor Dominicana followed that same exact model with a new blend to create the La Flor Dominicana 48th. The 80 elite retailers that make up the TAA voted with their wallets from the following three cigars. Read on the find out which size won and if they got it right.
Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana TAA 48th
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Flor S.A.
Wrapper: San Andres (Mexico)
Filler: Dominican Republic
Sizes: 5.5 x 50 (Robusto); 6 x 54 (Box Pressed); 6.25 x 60
Source: Samples supplied by La Flor Dominicana
First Impressions: (In order of cigars smoked)
Robusto: With an earthy cold draw the cigar once lit up has a few similarities to the 1994 release but there seems to be a bit more strength. The initials notes serve up some coffee flavors and a touch of sweetness from the Cameroon wrapper. There is some subtle spice on the finish in the first third that grows ever so slightly. Around the half way point a slightly floral note appears with the slightest hint of mocha. The retrohale of the cigar enhances the mocha notes. As we enter the last third the notes become a little muted and less dominant.
6 x 54 – Box Pressed: On the initial light the cigar is so much different from the robusto. There is more smoke production and some clean pepper notes. There are hints of fig and coffee with a touch of cedar. The espresso notes take hold by the end of the first third of this incredibly tasty vitola. In the second third of this flavor bomb some continued cedar notes dominate the palate with a dark espresso finish. Through the nose a mix of sweetness and spice meld together creating an epic experience. The final third of this flavor bomb sees the addition of cashews with continued coffee notes and a subtle sweet finish.
6.25 x 60: From the second I saw this sample I was dreading lighting this one up. I am just not a fan of anything over a 54 ring gauge. Once the cigar is lit; the flavors lack the depth and complexity of the previous two sizes. Overall, the cigar 60 ring version has more earth and spice, especially on the retrohale. The size lacks the depth of the other two sizes and falls flat.
We reached out to Jon Carney; the VP of Sales for La Flor Dominicana to find out who won after our First Impressions and we are happy to report the TAA retailers got it right. The La Flor Dominicana TAA 48th will be a 6 x 54 (Box Pressed) vitola in a landslide vote and should reach retailers in approximately 45 days.
Derek will have a full review of the production release once the cigar reaches TAA retailers.