Everybody knows that there are certain hit-or-miss cigar manufacturers out there. I won’t name any names because we’re trying to sell a lot of them, but I’m sure you can think of a few. That said, I’ve never had a bad experience with a La Flor Dominicana cigar, so when I got a Coronado Double Corona for review, I was pretty stoked. Scott, our customer service lead, told me that he used to recommend the Coronado line when we were out of stock on the Fuente Fuente Opus X line. They were also named the #2 cigar of 2006 by Cigar Aficionado, so I figured I was in for something good.
Right away I noticed that the construction on this stogie was impeccable. The wrapper was oily, smooth, and nearly seamless; the cap was huge and masterfully applied; and the filler was firm from head to foot with no soft spots. Once the cap was clipped, the pre-light draw was generous with notes of graham cracker, caramel, and butter. Interestingly enough, there was not a hint of pepper, which I thought was a bit atypical of a La Flor Dominicana smoke. Expecting something smooth, sweet, and somewhat mellow, I toasted the foot and went to work.
The first few draws were drier than I expected. I got some black and red pepper and a little bit of cedar, with some faint caramel sweetness on the retrohale. Unfortunately the cigar went out after about a half inch, but probably due to my own negligence. I re-lit it and continued puffing away, this time at a slightly faster rate. About an inch in, the caramel magnified a little bit and was complemented by a rich butter note.
Halfway in, the cigar had leveled off. The pepper had descended to a manageable level and the butter note kicked up a bit, almost reminding me of slightly pan-burnt butter. A lingering cedar undertone made me think about what it would be like to eat buttered toast in a cedar closet. Odd thought, but that’s sort of what the middle of this cigar was like.
Right around the 3/5 mark, the graham cracker note I picked up from the pre-light draw came on in full force. It was like a buttery, sweet, caramely, peppery, slightly-burnt graham cracker dipped in black coffee. The retrohale was slightly sweet with a pronounced hay note. From this point on, the pepper became more and more intense until I eventually put down the nub with a little over an inch left.
While the spice ramped up towards the end, this was definitely the most chill La Flor Dominicana cigar I’ve ever had. I recommend this as a good first LFD—it was smooth, buttery, a little sweet, and very complex. There were layers upon layers of flavors that intermittently hid in the background or hit you right in the nose, in a good way. It’s also worth mentioning that the burn was picture-perfect from the second light on, and the ash held on for about two inches, as you can see in the picture. Anyway, here’s to another great smoke from Litto Gomez—enjoy your weekend and smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.