No story for this review, just that it came out just before I was ready to publish my top 15 cigars of 2011. So I picked up one for review, and wound up smoking another.
Cigar: Litto Gomez Small Batch #4
Size: 7 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican Pelo de Oro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Appearance and Construction: Like many of the Litto Gomez Small Batch cigars before it this stick looks special. The rugged looking wrapper has a slight tooth to it and a few veins to it, but that does not detract to the beauty. Like the rugged look of Al Pacino or Robert DeNiro this weathered look exudes a je ne sais quoi about it. The Small Batch #4 has a nice weight to it, with no soft spots and a well packed food. The gold and red band displays LG after the founder, Litto Gomez.
Flavor & Notes: The prelight cold draw through me for a loop. Especially after I was smoking to the local rep about how so many of Litto’s smokes have a molasses to them at this phase of the game. The cold draw here was predominantly earthy with only a hint of sweetness as an after thought. The foot of the cigar holds true to the statement however with a nice abundance of a sweet molasses to the nose. Once the cigar was lit, some of that molasses was clear on the first puff, which was a nice welcome. The first third has a wonderful taste that is different then anything I have experienced. The wrapper of Pelo de Oro plays into that as I have limited experience with the tobacco. There is a sweetness, earthiness and nuttiness present that is absolutely mouth watering. In the second third there was a hint of peppermint that lingered for a while and vanished almost as quickly as it arrived. The molasses notes remain and a nice nutty finish. As we enter the last third the distinct notes I attribute to the Pelo de Oro really begin to shine and the cigar is incredibly delicious. As we near the end some leather and earth join the mix with a nice short nut-like finish.
Smoking Characteristics: A slow burning stick with a perfect draw and a nice solid ash that holds on strong. The draw was perfect with the right amount of resistance and the aroma added to the experience as well. The burn of the cigar was crisp and it stayed lit from start til I couldn’t hold on to it anymore.
Conclusion: Pelo de Oro is becoming one of my favorite tobaccos, and getting to smoke it as the wrapper was a treat. I was growing tired of the Small Batch releases, but this one which uses tobacco harvested in 2006 helps re-invent the yearly release. One complaint is the price, but the cigar is so superior it is easy to ignore that when smoking a cigar of this caliber.