May 9, 2011
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6.25 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican Republic / Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $8.15 each
Today I am doing a review on a rare La Flor Dominicana cigar that most people have no idea existed. I would have done a review on another LFD cigar but for the most part I don’t care for them all that much. So I was extremely surprised to hear from Todd Dailey, at Good Karma Cigar highly recommend to me this LFD Cabinet Maduro. I told him I didn’t care much for maduros and didn’t really like a lot of the LFD’s outside of the Litto Gomez lines. But he insisted that this would be something definitely worth trying it out as it was one of their favorites in the “Karmador.” So,… Todd thanks for recommendation and here is what I thought about this particular stick,…
Appearance : [rating:3/5]
This cigar was a dark mahogany brown with some very dark spots randomly scene all over its surface. Very oily and shiny in appearance made it look absolutely delicious. Large veins were characteristic of this cigar, and many had several prominent veins going down its length. Head of the cigars were sometimes malformed and crooked. Rich aromas of leather and earth emanated from the wrapper. The foot smelled like you stuck your head in a bag full of tea leaves. It is solidly packed from head to toe, with good heft in the hand, and looks like a lot of filler is packed into this one.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
Once the head was clipped, the Cabinet Maduro had a perfect draw with a touch of tightness on the dry draw. Lit fairly easily with my Xikar lighter even though it has a very thick oily wrapper. The burn is usually all over the place but never wavering too far and corrects itself eventually. No other construction issues here, just good creamy smoke.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
I was expecting a lot of spice, but the Cabinet Maduro surprised me with an initial light bodied smoke and was exceptionally smooth. Very spot on flavors of light black pepper, citrus, Indonesian coffee (dark molasses with citrus notes). Very complex flavors and hard to describe all the flavors that seem to come with every inch of this cigar. Produces a very good, but thin, sweet smoke. The body is more medium, but the nic content seems to sneak up surprisingly on me. The second third has Indian spices (almost like turmeric), leather, and coffee, but has lost some of the citrus notes now. About halfway through the cigar turns slightly bitter with woodsy flavors, dark chocolate, and coffee. The last third continues the flavors from the second third, but the body of the cigar starts to elevate. All in all, a medium bodied smoking experience with a sneaky nicotine smack to my head, would have fallen over if I wasn’t already sitting while smoking this treat.
Value : [rating:4/5]
These can be found around the $8.00 to $9.00 mark if they can be found at all. You will have to probably look online for retailers as these are pretty rare and hard to find. There is also a Cabinet Maduro No. 6 in a torpedo vitola as well. Both have the same make up of tobaccos. I definitely recommend this cigar if you are into La Flor Dominicana cigars as this provides some of the most complex flavors to me out of their line. I immediately ordered many more of these sticks while I was finishing up my samples.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
This is an incredible stick with great construction and brings the best of what La Flor Dominicana has to offer in my opinion. I know a lot of cigar smokers would like to see more Nicaraguan and Dominican blended cigars because it marries the complex flavors of Dominican tobacco with the body, heft, and power of Nicaraguan tobacco. But please beware, if you are new to smoking, you may want to work your way up to this smoke because the nicotine content can be too much for many. But if you are daring enough to tackle this stick, you will be rewarded with a very nice smoking experience. Cheers!
August 16, 2015
AT AGE 89 I FIND THIS CIGAR THE BEST OF MAY I HAVE SMOKED. THE SUAVE GIVES IT A TASTE NOT FOUND ELSEWHERE.
November 14, 2014
the best… crazy good
May 11, 2011
I personally was surprised by this cigar myself (in a good way). The coffee flavor is typical enough, but I thought the citrus notes were very unique, as well as the Indian spices. I agree the nicotine snuck up a bit, but I was happy with it. I usually prefer lighter smokes, but this one might be a new favourite.
May 9, 2011
Very nice assessment. I tried 2 of these not too long ago and you gave appearance a higher score than me(looked like a quilt my wife bought in Williamsburg….not too pretty) construction was fair (i think this needs allot of humidity)Flavor was definately a surprise (to the good side, I thought it was kinda pleasant) Value……(I would go and get an Oliva V church before hunting one of these down)Overall rating was….well…….OK, Thanks for a nice detailed look at this stick(I have 2 left and will see if they get better with age and let you know.)
May 9, 2011
Well Aaron, I find it “interesting” that you say that you really don’t care for any of the other LFD cigars except the Litto Gomez line. I realize that personal taste comes into play when it comes to cigars, but LFD offers so many good smokes (like the Double Ligero line), I find it hard to believe you don’t like anything else by La Flor.
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