Upon looking up information on this cigar I was surprised to see how little information the website offers on it where it simply states, “The words “refined power” shine through this cigar like the gold tubes that encase them. A true powerhouse backed with extraordinary flavor.”
Oro translate to Gold, and the La Flor Dominica comes in a gold-colored tube and according to our friends at HalfWheel.com is reference to the career as a jeweler that Litto Gomez led before being robbed and deciding to get out that of industry and into the cigar industry.
Cigar: La Flor Dominican Oro
Size: No. 6 (6 x 54)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
The Look: Packaged in a gold tube, the La Flor Dominican Oro isn’t as dark as I expected based on the Oscuro lines from La Flor Dominicana. The wrapper has a defined brindle look to it, which is partly due to the method La Flor Dominicana uses in spraying down the wrapper and massaging the oils. The foot of the cigar reveals a swirl of darker tobacco which is most likely ligero. In the hand the cigar is toothy and firm with no soft spots and a slightly porous roll.
The Notes: The cold draw of the cigar reminds me of a cross between Ramen noodles and barley while in the background there is a hint of molasses. The foot of the cigar has a barnyard like note and some of the molasses like sweetness experienced on the draw. I opted to light the cigar using the cedar found inside the gold tube. Upon first light there are notes of cedar and coffee with a nice spicy kick to it.
As we smoke into the first third of the cigar there is a note that reminds me of figs with a hint of earth. As we work into the first inch, a note of cinnamon is present through the nose.
As we move into the second third of the La Flor Dominicana Oro the flavors become extremely complex with a lot of subtleties. There is a faint note that reminds me of ramen noodle, and the cinnamon develops where is more identifiable even without a retrohale. As we progress past the half way point a note of orange rind works it way into the mix with a developing sweetness.
In the final third of the cigar, the La Flor Dominicana Oro offers up a note similar to that of cayenne pepper with coffee, cedar and earth thrown into the mix. The cigar had a moderate finish, that didn’t linger to long on the palate which is perfect in my book.
The Burn: The La Flor Dominican Oro burns like a champ from its even burn and thin carbon line to its medium color ash that held strong even after I knocked intuit with the camera lens. The draw was fluid offering just the right amount of resistance. The cigar stayed lit from first pull to last puff.
The Finish: The first time I smoked this was the year of the release, 2012. It was also the last time before today. The version that was gifted to me at the IPCPR just didn’t do it to me. Over a drink with Jon Carney, the Director of Sales for La Flor Domicana he convinced me to try them again. So walking around 2GuysCigars.com today looking for a cigar, I decided to take him up on the challenge to give it another shot. The result surprised me, sometimes the first impression isn’t the best. I found myself enjoying this cigar immensely and plan to put it in the regular rotation.