La Flor Dominicana Oro Chisel

La Flor Dominicana Oro Natural Chisel (6 x 54)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun-Grown

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic

Blender: Litto Gomez

La Flor Dominicana Oro is was released in 2012 at the IPCPR. However, this may not be the real beginning of this cigar. The Oro has roots in both story and blending to Litto Gomez’s past.

If the blend is studied in any way, it is quickly figured out that this cigar is almost identical to the Coronado blend that LFD put out in 2006. That blend won the number two spot in Cigar Aficionado magazine’s annual cigars of the year ratings. The Coronado consisted of a sun-grown Nicaraguan wrapper and Dominican binder and fillers grown on their La Canela farm. The Oro has very similar blend. The only real difference is that the Oro uses a higher priming on that same tobacco. This gives a very similar flavor profile but is “amped up,” according to Litto.

There are hints of the story of Litto’s beginnings in the cigar industry in the name of the cigar. The word “Oro” translates to “gold.” This is significant because before Litto was in the cigar business, he was in the jewelery business. This business actually gave him the final push into the cigar business after one night when the shop he owned in Miami was robbed. After being bound and gagged the robbers made off with $400,000 worth of gold, and precious stones. The robbers were never caught. One silver lining came out of all of this: Litto was now all in when it came to cigars. The thieves should not be thanked as nobody should be subject to this but had that night not happened there may not be La Flor Dominicana.

It should also be noted that Spanish conquistador Francisco Vásquez de Coronado was searching for the mythical Cities of Gold. The connections in the name of this cigar are well planned.

La Flor Domincana Oro comes in boxes of five in gold colored tubes. The tubes have black and white print on them in the very familiar LFD style. Once the tube is open, the original chisel shape tops off the cigar. The wrapper is a deep brown that leans to red. The band is like every other LFD band except that the color scheme is devised to fit the name of the cigar. In other words, its gold.

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The cigar has some give to it but no real soft spots. The smell is sweet and chocolatey with much of this chocolate note coming off of the foot. The lick on the cap also has coco notes but there is also the signature sour note that comes off of heavy oils. That oily taste turns to spice quickly. There is no clip on the cap; a simple squeeze opens it right up with a very nice draw. The chocolate notes show up on the draw as well but this time but with a bit of an earth note as well.

Light with a soft flame.

The first few puffs are surprisingly not chocolatey. There is a much more woody note and a bit of a spicy note. The other note that is interesting is a sort of muddy undertone. Through the nose there is a bit of a musk but it is overpowered by the burn. The Nicaraguan wrapper becomes noticeable very early, so is the power. The full body can be identified immediately.

 As the cigar settles in the LFD blending style starts to come into focus with thick meaty flavors that coat the mouth. This is balanced out with Nicaraguan spice and wood mostly on the finish. The burn started out fairly wavy but it self corrected before the middle third is reached.

The middle third brings on a sweeter more defined character. There is an almost minty note to it. The texture is wonderful and the complexity there. The woody notes take on a sharp quality and pierce through the meaty nuder tones. The contrast is very well balanced. However, with all things LFD combined with a slow smoking style, relights are needed. It goes out when set down for what seems like a very short time.

The final third brings on a decidedly more Nicaraguan tone. The spice lingers longer on the palate and the texture becomes more pulpy. The claim of an “amped up” Coronado comes to full light in this third. The body is full and does not hide in any way. The flavor remains the same from this point on, ending in a crescendo of strength.

 

Burn time: a breath taking 2 hours 35 minutes

burn to the nub.

 

This cigar is not for the faint of heart. Part of the reason it took so long to smoke is because of how strong it is. It will slow the smoker down.  If you are not a fan of very strong cigars this will not be the one for you, but since strength is not an indicator of anthing relating to quality, it must be discounted. However, this cigar may be a bit too strong.

 

burn: 9
draw: 9
taste: 9
aftertaste: 9
construction: 10
balance: 9
feel: 8

Overall: 9.0

 

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~ by kuzi16 on September 24, 2013.

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