August 17, 2008
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4 7/8? x 40
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : $10+ each
Ok, before I begin the review, let me explain this cigar. At the La Flor Dominicana event at Empire Cigars the other week, I saw a bunch of LG Diez cigars in different boxes. I saw on the box (which has a marbled look to it), it said “2008? next to the size. I asked the rep what this was all about. He explained to me that beginning in 2008, each LG Diez box will carry a Vintage label on it. I asked if this was just similar to a box date you see on Cuban cigars, and he said no, that Litto is making a new blend for the Diez each year. Now what this means to all of those other LG boxes and cigars still out there, is that when they are gone, they are gone forever.
I thought this was pretty cool actually, but the only drawback is that there is nothing on the cigar that indicates the year it was made. The only difference is in the boxes. Maybe Litto will employ a second band in the future…
Now my skeptical side finds this a bit peculiar as typically ALL cigar blends differ year to year naturally. But we’ll see when I light this puppy up!
Visibly, there does not appear to be any difference, the wrapper has a Rosado color and a lot of tooth, similar to the Opus X.
When I take my first puff, I notice a difference right off the bat. I remember a heavy pepper flavor in the “old” LGs, while the 08 has significantly less.
In fact, overall the new 08 blend is much smoother than the “old” blend. I pick up lots of leather and wood and a bit of coffee and pepper notes.
It burns dead even and gives off tons of smoke for such a little cigar. But don’t think because I said this cigar was smoother, that I meant milder. This is still one very strong cigar.
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