La Flor Dominicana Ligero Cabinet Oscuro

La Flor Dominicana Ligero Cabinet Oscuro

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-10 each depending on vitola
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La Flor Dominicana - Ligero Cabinet Oscuro, by Litto Gomez, isn't a new release but it is a regular in my humidor so I thought I would share it with you. It is their first full-bodied release and while not a true maduro cigar, they tell me they obtained the oscuro color and full-bodied flavor profile by applying a new proprietary method of trabajando to the aged ligero leaves used to make it. What was told to me by a representative was that the method is a company secret but try to imagine an overly ripe banana... It comes in several parejo vitollas: L200 - 40 x 4 7/8, L250 - 48 x 5 3/4, L300 - 50 x 5 3/4, L400 - 54 x 5 3/4, L500 - 60 x 5 3/4, and one they call the Mysterio which is a figurado.

The Cabinet Oscuro is made with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, and Dominican binder and fillers from their own farm in La Canela, Dominican Republic. It has a beautiful, shiny, oily wrapper (in fact probably one of the oiliest you will encounter), with nice texture and teeth. It squeezed well, had no soft spots, and was obviously well packed. It has a very enjoyable, sweet pre-light aroma that changes slightly as you go from head to foot and is more pronounced at the open foot. I made a punch-cut and tested the draw which was smooth and easy and left a very mild, earthy tobacco taste on the lips and tongue. After lighting, the flavor starts out with a very mild spice on the tip of the tongue which slowly begins to build. It produces a grey, "stringy" smoke that looks like it is slowly pulling apart as it floats away. As it burns it leaves behind a light-grey ash with dark undertones and highlights which flakes a bit, but otherwise holds on pretty well. Retro-exhalation is pretty easy until you are near the very end and leaves pepper notes in the sinuses. As the flavor profile develops, it becomes a little peppery which can be felt on the tongue and holds on throughout. The pepper picks up some just past the half-way point but never becomes overwhelming and maintains a noticeable balance and consistency all the way to the dry, mild-spice finish.

The La Flor - Ligero Cabinet Oscuro is one of my favorite choices when the time and mood is right. While it is upper-medium to full-bodied, it is not overly strong but definitely has enough to bring on the leading edge of a buzz so you should certainly eat first. One thing to be aware of is that every one I have ever smoked required a fair amount of touching up and even re-lighting. I don't think this is a quality issue like with some cigars, I sort of attribute it to being a side effect of the heavy oiliness of the wrapper which is a good thing.

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7 Comments on “La Flor Dominicana Ligero Cabinet Oscuro”

  1. Nice review. I had one of these before on an empty stomach. That’s not a good idea.

  2. Yep, prolly too much for me…

  3. That is one hefty looking cigar!

  4. Just delving into fuller bodied smokes, and had this one a couple of weeks ago. It was the best smoke of my life. The flavors were rich and complex, and I smoked it to the nub. The burn was uneven, but the flavor more than compensated.

  5. I absolutely love this cigar! I bought a box a few weeks ago and have a number of then sitting in my humidor. I couldn’t help from smoking a few of these already, even though its better to let them sit in the humidor at least a few weeks after getting them shipped.

    This cigar is not too strong, it smokes smoothly and has great taste and a nice even draw. I haven’t had any uneven burn issues with the 2 I’ve smoked so far, but I’m not worried. I will be enjoying another one this weekend!

  6. I personally haven’t had any uneven burn issues with these – having smoked 4 thus far of different shapes. I also noticed a very prominent pepper taste – though still quite enjoyable. All in all a great value.

  7. My Review of the La Flor Dominicana Ligero Mysterio Oscuro

    Now this is a fun looking cigar. It is a long thin perfecto with a cool wrapped pig-tail head and a Ecuadorian foot. The rest of the cigar is comprised of a oily shiny Oscuro wrapper.

    Click on the picture below to see the lineup:

    La Flor Dominicana Ligero

    I’m always a little nervous when I smoke one of Litto’s cigars as some La Flor Dominicana cigars pack a major wallop (Chisel, LG Diez).

    That said, the cigar surprised me as it started out nice and easy. The draw was great and the Ecuadorian tip was smooth and leathery. As I moved to the Oscuro portion, the spice amped up a bit and a subtle sweetness was present along with espresso and nuts.

    La Flor Dominicana Ligero

    The burn was nice and even, no soft spots in the cigar, and the ash was gray and tight.

    The further I went down the cigar, the more the spice softened and licorice and espresso flavors became more prominent.

    A very enjoyable cigar from start to finish, a little bit pricey, but I think I may grab another for a deep sleep.

    Rating: 89 (B+)

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