Cigar Review: Litto Gomez Diez Lusitano
Today is the first day I can say I am 100% pain free in terms of my back. And with that good news I decided to smoke yet another cigar gifted to me by Tony over at leafandgrape.com. A few weeks ago at a fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund he handed me a 5 pack of cigars and I knew this would be the cigar I smoked when I was pain free. In 1999, La Flor Domicana challenged themselves to produce a cigar that was made entirely with tobacco grown on their farm. They knew it was a difficult task, because it implied growing their own wrapper. The investment was big and the risk too. But the most difficult part was the waiting. The process of fermentation and aging took more years than they expected. Finally the waiting is over, and we can smoke this great achievement.
Cigar: Litto Gomez Diez
Size: 6 x 54 (Lusitano/Toro)
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction (17/20): The Litto Gomez wrapper is glistening with oils that you can see and feel. The cigar has some small veins and one significant vein that stands out slightly. Despite the ciigar feeling firm to the touch, the foot is loosely packed. The cigar features a elegant wrapper of red gold and black with the initials LG and the word diez above it in a small font. It also states this is a Dominican Puro. Upon clipping the cap there are some stems and I am a bit worried at this point the cigar will have a tough draw.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The pre-light definitely has me raising an eyebrow. The notes of pepper, cedar and some slight leather. Off the foot there is a rich tobacco scent and I can’t wait to get into this smoke. Upon lighting this cigar the notes of pepper quickly envelopes your palate. It fades some and notes of cedar with a touch of licorice take over. As we approach the second third of the cigar the rich cedar notes are cleary defined and are very relaxing to say the least. Also mixed into the experience is some leather and a continued licorice note. The final third of the cigar the notes of licorice make a transition to cinnamon and are joined by leather on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): I never thought the day would come where I would have a cigar from La Flor Dominicana that burned straight all the way through. The cigar has a white ash that hold exceptionally well for inches at a time. Deptite my earlier concerns the draw was perfection.
Overall (24/25): I never thought the day would come where I found a cigar from La Flor Domincana that I would enjoy. But that day has come and this full bodied cigar that is full flavor was simply incredible. I look forward to smoking these on a semi regular basis.