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Today I decided to delve into yet another cigar category that I haven’t ventured into very much: the mellow-bodied maduro. As a fan of stronger smokes, I admittedly had only sampled La Flor’s full-bodied offerings previously, so for today’s review I pulled out a sample of the LFD Light Gran Maduro #6 (5 ¾ x 54) to get a taste of the lighter side of La Flor.
The Gran Maduro #6 was a sharp-looking box-pressed torpedo with a silky-smooth and shiny dark brown wrapper that gave off a distinct milk chocolate scent. The new LFD band was rather snazzy, and the cigar had a great roll to it, and felt nice and solid in my hand. All in all, the cigars appearance just screamed “high quality” and was very appetizing. Pre-light tastes were of milk chocolate and roasted nuts, and I was ready to light up.
The cigar started off with palate-coating flavors of dark chocolate and white pepper. The thick, “burning leather” burn-line was off to a bit of a wobbly start, but the draw was totally appropriate and produced generous plumes of smoke with each draw. About an inch into the smoke a new creaminess kicked in, along with just a hint of nuttiness on the finish.
As I burned into the 2nd third I was met with a classic maduro taste profile- straight up cocoa and nuts, with just a little bit of spice. The burn was still somewhat crooked, but not enough to hinder the smoke at all. A malty sweetness came into play during this portion, and the smoke had nice, layered flavors aplenty and was super-smooth. Right as I reached the final third the burn-line evened out completely, and the sweetness seemed to subside as a bit more pepper stepped up.
The last portion of the G.M.#6 presented a nice, balanced culmination of the previously mentioned flavors, which, I must say, really hit the spot. A bit of dried fruit character also appeared during this third, which served as almost like a dessert portion to the chocolaty and spicy main course I had just enjoyed.
The LFD Light Gran Maduro #6 was an absolute pleasure to review. Plain and simple, the flavor was good and the smokin’ was easy. Despite some minor burn issues, this stick was consistent as hell in terms of performance and flavor, and left my palate drenched in an aftertaste of yummy and chocolaty goodness. This was not a complex cigar, but it did have interesting, layered flavors and reminded me a bit of one of my all-time favorites, the Sancho Panza Double Maduro. I highly recommend the LFD GM6 for fans of easy-going smokes with rich maduro flavor, and today it gets an easy A in my book. This one was solid on all accounts.