Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Salomon
It is a sickness. Plain and simple. I am talking about the need to buy a cigar that is rare, or a cigar that is begging to be reviewed. Today’s cigar is an example of that sickness. Barrister Cigars got these sticks in a couple of weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to pick up 1 of the 2 boxes he had in stock. Written on the beautifully designed box is, The vintage filler and binders we used in the first edition of Salomones were grown in our farm in La Cunela, Dominican Republic in 2004 & 2005. The wrappers are aged Habano.
Cigar: La Flor Domicana The Salomon
Size: 7 x 64
Origin: Dominican Republic
Appearance & Construction (20/20): A visually beautiful constructed cigar featuring an exquisite looking wrapper that has oils pouring off of it. Upon examination this mammoth cigar has some veins but none that stand out. With the cigar in hand it has a nice weight to it, and no soft spots.
Flavor & Notes (30/30): Upon lighting this cigar it is evident that this cigar lacks the punch that I’ve grown to expect for La Flor Dominicana but that is by no means a negative. On the first third of the smoke there are subtle notes of leather and cocoa that my palate identifies effortlessly. The second third of the smoke maintains the subtle leather notes that act as a canvas for some black cherry notes. The final third of the smoke offers cocoa and some subtle licorice notes with the latter being more noticeable on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (15/25): At 28.00 a stick one would expect more on the burn/draw/ash. Having to touch up the cigar on a regular basis was frustrating to the point where I am about to fire off a letter to La Flor Domincana. This will be my first ever complaint to a cigar company and I will keep you informed. The burn was jagged, the ash was light, flaky, and flowered some. And while the draw was acceptable for me, the cigar I gave to my friend was extremely plugged.
Overall (20/25): My biggest complaint with this LFD is the burn. I was hoping that a stick of this cost would have had a better burn, but it did not. Both cigars I smoked had to be touched up numerous times which was frustrating to no end. And to be honest, the cigars I have smoked out of the box so far all had something wrong with them. Plugged, flowering of ash, bad burn line and more. It has totally turned me off to La Flor Dominicana and it has forced me to voice my first ever letter of complaint to a cigar company. This cigar is Jekyll & Hyde. It is visually beautiful, and has a great flavor profile while the burn/ash/draw is horrendous.