La Flor Dominicana Chapter One

La Flor Dominicana Chapter One

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Chisel (box-pressed)
Size : 6.5 x 58
Wrapper : Brazilian Ligero Oscuro
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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The La Flor Dominicana – Chapter One attracted a lot of attention at the 2013 IPCPR Convention, and is the first cigar from the brand to be blended by Antonio Gomez, Litto Gomez’s son. If you’ve seen his name online, it may be because he’s in charge of the social media pages for the brand. He’s done a lot of different duties with the company, and in fact lists his position on Facebook as “A Work in Progress.” I decided to check out his first cigar, and I can definitely say that he’s going places.

Appearance : ★★★★★
The chisel format is not only very recognizable, but also very convenient. Pinch the cap and you’re set. The Brazilian Ligero Oscuro wrapper is a dark brown with a relatively smooth surface and only a few thin veins (more toward the cap at the top). The oil lends a nice sheen. On pre-light, I smell cocoa, coffee, and a hint of spice.

Construction : ★★★★½
There are no issues with construction. Burn is fairly even, and draw is great right from the beginning, and it stays that way.

Flavor : ★★★★☆
There’s a lot of pepper on the first couple of puffs, but it quickly falls back. Predominant flavors are earthy and sweet, with just a hint of spice. The coffee and cocoa notes are there, but they are very smoothly blended in with the rest. There are even some savory notes in here that remind me a bit of steak, and some herbal notes as well that I cannot quite identify. Flavors become a little harsh at around the center-point, but thankfully this is short-lived. In the last third, the spice ramps up a bit, and takes over the earthiness. The sweetness fades to the backdrop. The entire experience has a lot of counterintuitive notes, but the total blend is undeniably very interesting.

Value : ★★★★☆ (3.75)
This is a more expensive cigar, but it is delightful and offers a unique flavor profile. Construction is top shelf, and I did not mind paying $11 at all.

Overall Rating : ★★★★½ (4.25)
The only flaw with this cigar was a slight harshness around the midpoint, but this was short-lived and did not interfere with my enjoyment of a unique stogie for long. A great debut from Antonio Gomez. He is clearly very talented, and I look forward to his future blends!

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