La Flor Dominicana Oro Chisel – Cigar Review
Like most cigar buffs, I was really excited to go down to Orlando, FL for the 2012 IPCPR and check out all of the new goodies. One of La Flor Dominicana’s new releases for the 2012 IPCPR was the Oro. The new Oro (which means gold in Spanish) is available in a Chisel and Tubo (6 x 54) format, plus there is a Maduro version of the Tubo.
Today I am reviewing the LFD Oro Chisel which is La Flor Dominicana’s trademarked vitola, a format which I absolutely love. Litto Gomez said “These cigars are an amped up Coronado blend, with dark Nicaraguan wrappers and Dominican fillers and binders from our farm in La Canela, Dominican Republic.”
Size: 6 x 54 Chisel
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The La Flor Dominicana Oro Chisel is a real beauty. It is crafted in the Chisel shape, like a pipe bit, which is exclusive to La Flor Dominicana, and makes it really easy to rest the cigar between your teeth. The wrapper is a medium brown with a nice reddish hue, moderate veins, and some nice oil to it. The band is close to a basic La Flor Dominicana except the middle is gold in color with LFD written in the center and Oro below it.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the La Flor Dominicana Oro Chisel has a scent which is woody and earthy, with a bit of coffee to it. The foot has notes of spice, earth, coffee, and wood. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the La Flor Dominicana Oro Chisel. All I do is clip off the tiniest bit of the chisel tip, and on the cold draw there are notes of coffee, cocoa wood, mild spice, and some nuttiness.
Smoking Characteristics: The La Flor Dominicana Oro opens up with a blast of rich spices and some pepper, which packs a real kick. There are also some undertones of earth and wood, which finish on the palate and linger for a while. The pepper and spices also warm the palate between draws. After the first half inch or so, the spice starts to ease off a bit, and the pepper is nearly gone. At that point some nice espresso flavors join the profile as well. The draw is good, providing a nice body of smoke, and the strength is a pleasant medium.
Into the second third of the La Flor Dominicana Oro, the spice continues to fade. This is making way for richer espresso flavors, wood, earth, and now some nice roasted nutty flavors as well that were detected on the pre-light draw. Also in this third, a slight underlying cocoa starts to join the blend as well. The smoke is smooth, rich, full, and still warms the palate slightly. The burn is excellent, nearly razor sharp, which has been my previous experience with other chisel blends. The ash holds well, not quite to the inch point, but is fairly firm.
During the final third of the La Flor Dominicana Oro, the spice remains fairly balanced. It blends subtly with the espresso, wood, earth, and mild cocoa undertones. The roasted nutty flavor fades from the smoking profile during this third. The espresso and wood still finish on the palate for quite some time between draws. The smoke is still rich, full, and smooth, with an excellent draw. The burn and ash still perform wonderfully. The strength remains in the medium range, and the La Flor Dominicana Oro smokes cool to the nub with no issues.
Conclusion: The La Flor Dominicana Oro is a excellent smoke with fantastic construction and a nice evolution to its flavors. I would love to take this one with a nice single malt and just enjoy the night. I’d certainly purchase more of these down the road for some nice relaxing late night smokes. I also can’t wait to try the maduro version of this, I could easily see enjoying it even more.