Of and on throughout my years of smoking I have enjoyed cigars from La Flor Dominicana and the recent release of the Air Bender has sparked an interest in them again. So much to the point that I reached deep into my humidor and picked out a La Flor Dominicana DL-700 that has at least a year on it and while I am using my camera on my cell phone I am hoping you can spot the magnesium pimples that adorn the wrapper.
Cigar: La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero
Size: 6.5 x 60 (DL-700)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Appearance and Construction: A rich looking golden brown wrapper adorns this big ring Double Ligero cigar from La Flor Dominicana that has a few veins present. Under close inspection some of the cut lines on wrapper are slightly crooked but other then that the cigar is rolled really well with a nice hefty weight to it and no soft spots.
Flavor & Notes: Delicious. That is what I said out loud as I took the scent of the foot in. A rich sweetness bordering on molasses and figs with a subtle spice. While the cold draw serves up most of the same. Once the cigar is lit the pepper is toned down slightly from the age and there is a subtle cinnamon present. As the first third closes out a well defined roasted nuts joins the party. The second third begins to pick up a sweetness which becomes a defined molasses before the third comes to an end. Also noted during this segment of the cigar is cedar, earth and coffee. The final third takes on more earth, a slight cinnamon spice especially through the nose and a touch of molasses making this a complex smoke.
Smoking Characteristics: Big ring cigars generally give me a hard time burning evenly and this cigar wasn’t much different however it never got out of hand, there was a jagged edge and it did need to be touched up once in the first inch or so but it was ok after that. . The light gray ash held on for almost half the cigar which was nice and I chose to ash before it fell. I can’t tell you how many shirts I own with a slight burn hole in it because of a lost ash. The cigar produced massive amounts of smoke and in the last third I was really enamored with aroma. Lastly, the draw which started out a little tough was perfect before long.
Conclusion: I’ve said it before I am not a big fan of big ring cigars and this did nothing to change my mind. While there was nothing bad about this one overall, I can’t help but wonder how much more I would of enjoyed it was a 52 ring or less. La Flor Dominicana is a cigar that I go on a binge with from time to time, but for some reason I don’t stay with them for a long time. It might have to do with the strength or positioning in my local shops humidor as I tend to find something before I reach their location.
Price: $150.95 a box of 20 from Uptown Cigar