La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro Chisel – Cigar Review
La Flor Dominicana has come out with a lot of impressive offerings over time. One of the most creative innovations La Flor Dominicana has created is the Chisel. The chisel offers the smoker several options when cutting, all of which can effect the flavor, and the experience, in different ways. For this review I am using the most basic style of smoking the chisel which is to pinch the bottom to open it up. Yet you can also bullet cut just the top part of the Chisel tip for a different experience, and then bullet cut a hole through the entire tip of the Chisel for yet another experience. As I take a look at the rest of the Chisels provided to me I will experiment with different styles of cutting to see how it affects the smoking experience. Also this review is a tribute to “The Chisel” himself, the Northeast Sales Rep for LFD, Jon Carney @LFDCarney. You can learn more about La Flor Dominicana here.
Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro Chisel has a very dark Ecuadorian maduro wrapper which is a bit toothy. It is well packed with no noticeable flaws in the sample I used for review. The remarkable thing about the Chisel is the Chisel shaped flat tip for the cap. This was created because Litto Gomez wanted a cigar which was easier to bite down on and hold in his mouth. His desire for an easier workday cigar resulted in a brilliant innovation.
Flavor and notes: Both the wrapper and foot of the DL Maduro Chisel have the typical La Flor Dominicana grassy hay notes, but also notes of espresso, cocoa, and a light spice. On the cold draw there flavors of grass, coffee, and spice, with a slight cocoa note.
Smoking Characteristics: Upon lighting the LFD DL Maduro Chisel the first thing I noticed was how perfect the draw was. By simply pinching the tip you are given a draw that is ideal for any cigar. The notes upon lighting are spices, light pepper, grass, cocoa, and a light coffee. During this first third the pepper notes die off, but the notes of spice, grass, chocolate, and espresso all remain. I am also tasting a light earthy note during this third. The strength starts off around medium, with a slight burn on retrohale, and the body is easily full.
During the second third the grassy flavors ease up, but a bit of a woody tone joins the profile. The notes of chocolate and espresso become more pronounced, and the light earthy flavors remain an undertone. The DL Maduro chisel offers a very enjoyable blend of flavors with a bit of complexity to them. The strength increases to a bit more than medium with a slight buzz starting to settle in during this third.
In the final third the grassy note reemerges and the chocolate and espresso flavors intensify once more. There is still a woody tone to the smoke, but the underlying earthy notes have dissipated. The draw is still excellent, each puff easily provides a full body of thick, rich, cool, delicious smoke. The strength picks up to full in this third, making it the type of cigar you would smoke after a nice meal.
Conclusion: The flavor on La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro is certainly impressive. The blend is rich with notes of chocolate, espresso, wood, grass, and earth. The strength finished full, and made it the type of cigar you’d want after a meal. The really notable thing was compared to other Double Ligero Maduro vitolas I’ve smoked, this was, without a doubt, better. It had a better draw, a richer flavor, and a bit more complexity.