In the grand scheme of things La Flor Dominican has not been around for a long time. Born in 1996, 2 years before I began cigar smoking the La Flor Dominicana line of cigars has risen in popularity quite fast and are considered by many to be a staple of cigar shops around the country. At a recent event I was told by a friend to try the Small Batch #3 and I decided to take the plunge on this expensive stick in NY due to the taxes.
The Small Batch #3 features 2004 vintage tobacco from Litto’s farm in La Canela for both the filler and binder. The wrapper on this cigar is Sumatra-seed and Dominican grown that gives it a dark, oily complexion. The small batch #3 is billed as a full-bodied masterpiece with lots of flavor and and smoke. Does it live up to it’s billing? This is my opinion but I urge you to smoke one and make that judgement for yourself.
Cigar: Litto Gomez Small Batch #3
Size: 6.75 x 52 (Super Toro)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Cigars Smoked For Review: 4 (bought at 2 different locations)
Appearance and Construction: The look of the wrapper on most cigars from Litto Gomez and La Flor Dominicana has a distinct look to it. It appears to have a brindle or marble like appearance. This can be attributed to the the methods used by the company. The wrappers are sprayed with a mist and massaged bringing the oils to the top of the leaf. As they dry they get this distinct look that has become synonymous with the company. The cigar comes in a box of 105 with no cello so there are some imperfections noticeable on the picture above due to customers, but other then that the cigar has a gorgeous rich appearance with a nice oily wrapper. There is a nice hefty weight to the stick, no soft spots and a classy looking band with the initials LG.
Flavor & Notes: Oh how I love the pre light draw on a La Flor Dominicana, as it is right in my wheelhouse when it comes to notes. On the draw there is a sweetness that reminds me of molasses, with a touch of cedar lingering around as well. Off of the foot the cigar serves up the reverse with notes heavy on cedar with a slight sweetness lingering around for measure. I was salivating as I geared up to light the Litto Gomez Small Batch #3. Once the cigar is lit there is some notes of leather and complex spices especially though the nose. As I worked down the first third the notes were cedar, leather, and some spices. Occasionally, there was some slight sweetness, but it never fully materialized in the first third. As we approach the second third a sweet molasses begins to take hold with cinnamon, clove and cedar notes. At the mid-way point of the final third the cigar becomes the heaven that was the pre-light draw. Rich sweet molasses that takes my breath away and having me fall in love with a cigar. The final third of the cigar picks up notes of earth, with a sweetness that borders on molasses and caramel with a slightly sweet finish.
Smoking Characteristics: A slow burning masterpiece I was at this cigar for nearly 3 hours. Granted, I am a slow smoker and not everyone will get the duration I got on this cigar but it was a truly iconic cigar. The cigar featured a crisp carbon free burn line with an exquisite draw and solid light colored ash. The aroma from the cigar was heavenly, and the volume from the smoke was delightful.
Conclusion: I was always shy to pull the trigger on this cigar when I saw in in the New York humidors due to it’s price but it is definitely worthy of at least a 5 pack purchase. If funds and storage space are not a issue, these cigars are definitely worthy of a large scale purchase.