According to the La Flor Dominicana website, “In 1999, We challenged ourselves to produce a cigar that was made entirely with tobacco grown on our farm. We knew it was a difficult task, because it implied growing our 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 we expected. We tested this blend month after month for three years. Just to be disappointed because it was not ready but at the same time happy because we would taste the progress. Finally the waiting is over, today we can celebrate this great achievement. The flavor and complexity of the LG’s are everything that we anticipated. We hope you enjoy these great cigars.”
I’ve smoked quite a few of these cigars over time, but the one I am using as my review was gifted to me by the owner of Fume Cigars in Montclair, NJ.
Cigar: Litto Gomez Diez
Size: 5.5 x 54.5 (Chisel)
Appearance and Construction (19/20): The Litto Gomez Diez Chisel features an oily wrapper with minimal thin veins. The cigar is well packed with no major soft spots and an pretty heavy weight to it. The stick features a chisel that is rolled to perfection. The band of the cigar has an oriental feel to it with colors of red and gold with LG in the middle.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): For me the foot of a Dominican Puro smells like no other cigar. There is a musky scent that reminds me of oak at the foot while the draw has some raisin and oak. Once the cigar is lit the notes in the first third consist of leather and spice with some cedar notes in the background. The second third the wood begins to take control as the dominant note here with some cinnamon in the background. As we get to the final third the notes of cinnamon shine for a short while before the spice and leather return full force giving this cigar one major kick at the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The chisel tip for me is an interesting way to smoke a stong cigar. If you cut it the right way pinching it open instead of cutting it you limit the amount of smoke you take in thus limiting some of the strength. The problem I have is the tip gets a little destroyed over the course of the cigar if you are a biter like I tend to be at times. The burn of the cigar was a little uneven and I had to touch it up at the half way point. The ash was light in color but very weak as it never held for more then an inch. The draw with the pinch method was excellent but the smoke production was a little bit less then I personally prefer.
Overall (23/25): Litto Gomez has become one of these cigars that I love but I tend to overlook them in a humidor. I am not really sure why that is the case but when it comes to a full bodied full flavor cigar this is definitely the cigar. I recommend you smoke this after dinner with a beverage.