The Digger is available in two different wrappers, the first is a Connecticut Broadleaf which kicked my ass. The second is the one I chose to use for review, the Ecuadorian Habano. According to the B & B Cigar Club, The digger was inspired by an elderly customer in the DC area who wished the DL-700 was about two inches bigger. Litto, went out and made the cigar for the customer before eventually releasing them to 100 stores. The cigar is named after that customer, who was known as “Digger”. The Digger is part of the Double Ligero line which has regularly scored 90 or better in Aficionado.
I put off smoking this cigar because my experience with the Connecticut Broadleaf wasn’t to please, but I wanted to get through it to tell if it deserves consideration for my top 15 list at the end of the year. So with 3 hours to kill on a Saturday afternoon I sat down to smoke this monster of a cigar.
Cigar: The Digger
Size: 8.5 x 60 (The Digger)
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Appearance and Construction: For a cigar of this size I am shocked that the wrapper is nearly flawless. You would think using this much wrapper, there would be more flaws in the appearance. The veins are minimal at best, the color is uniform throughout, and the roll is perfect. While a cigar of this size is comfortable in my hand, it is not normally a size I would prefer to smoke. There is a ton of a weight to the cigar and there are no soft spots.
Flavor & Notes: One thing I love about La Flor Dominicana smokes is the rich molasses and sweetness the cold draw serves up. The nose of the cigar is among the best as well. Simply put, the pre-light ritual with LFD is among my favorite cigar experiences. Once the cigar was lit the notes with spice, wood and underlying note of molasses. As I worked my way into the first third of the stick the sweet molasses began to fade and notes of nuts, spice and leather began to take hold. The second third of the cigar continued with leather as the dominant note and some nuts with a distant sweetness. The last third of the cigar became a bit bitter as the leather notes were really the focal point, with a nutty finish.
Smoking Characteristics: I lit the cigar at 2:33pm and put it down at 5:40pm. At a little over 3 hours this was one long cigar. The draw was perfect though in the last third it became a bit loose. The burn of the cigar was good, as it never needed to be touched up which was impressive. The ash that started out strong, became flaky and didn’t hold well in the second half of the cigar. Lastly, the aroma was spicy but enjoyable.
Conclusion: With the marketplace thinking bigger is better these sticks fly off the shelf at my local shop. However, for me personally these cigars are just to long of a smoke. I’ll stick to the DL-700 over these any day of the week.
Price: $10.00 MSRP (Before local taxes)