La Flor Dominicana is one of the companies I tend to be quite fond of. They find a wonderful way to combine strength and flavor. I often smoke several of their lines including the Double Ligero natural, Double Ligero Maduro, and the Ligero Cabinet selections. One of their lines I recently started picking up to smoke is the LG Diez 2012, which is available in pretty much every size you could desire! The idea behind the LG Diez is described best on the La Flor Dominicana website:
In 1999, We challenged ourselves to produce a cigar that was made entirely with tobacco grown on our farm. We knew it was a difficult task, because it implied growing our own wrapper. The investment was big and the risk too. But the most difficult part was the waiting. The process of fermentation and aging took more years than we expected. We tested this blend month after month for three years. Just to be disappointed because it was not ready but at the same time happy because we would taste the progress. Finally the waiting is over, today we can celebrate this great achievement.
After enjoying a few for my own personal use, I realized we had yet to review the 2012 LG Diez, and I decided to smoke the size I found gave the best bang for the buck, the Dominicano with an MSRP of $12.50, without state tax. The Dominicano size is a classic Churchill (7 x 50) which I find to be my favorite vitola when I have time to smoke. Here is my assessment of the LG Diez 2012 Dominicano.
Size: 7 x 50
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The band on the LG Diez is a bit different than your standard La Flor Dominicana Band. Written in the center in gold on a red background is LG in large letters with Diez above it and Litto Gomez below it. On the sides is written Dominican and Puro 2012. The wrapper of the LG Diez 2012 Dominicano is a medium brown with a rich golden hue. The sample smoked for review had some notable teeth and ridges, but also a very rich oil to it.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the LG Diez 2012 Dominicano has notes of rich cedar, grass, and a little leather. The foot has a scent of wood, hay, leather, earth, and a little cocoa. To prepare smoking the LG Diez 2012 Dominicano, I use a straight cut and on the cold draw there is a rich flavor which was a mix of cedar, floral tones, grass, and a little earth.
Smoking Characteristics: The LG Diez 2012 Dominicano fires up with an excellent blend of very rich, smooth, and complex balanced flavors. In the first third there are notes of a light Asian spice, grass, a bit of cocoa, cedar, floral tones, and a rich mineral tone as well. All the flavors play off one another wonderfully and each draw leaves a rich cedar and light spice lingering on the palate. The draw itself is excellent, there is just the right amount of resistance, but a very full rich body of smoke. The smoke is smooth, cool, creamy, and very savory. The strength in the first third is in the medium to full range, with a nice mellow buzz setting in early on.
Into the second third of the LG Diez 2012 Dominicano, the spice kicks up a little bit and adds a savory flavor to the main profile. The primary notes are still cedar, floral tones, and grass, with cocoa and mineral tones in the background. During this third there is also a nice light buttery sort of flavor that further enhances the overall complex notes. The strength in this third has kicked up to full, making the LG Diez very relaxing and enjoyable. The ash is almost snow white in color, easily holding past the inch point, and the burn has required no attention. The draw remains perfect, easily providing a full body of rich, cool, smooth, savory smoke.
During the final third of the LG Diez 2012 Dominicano, the spice really picks up and dominates the flavor profile. Now everything else is more of a secondary note to the spice. All of the flavors of cedar, floral tones, grass, mineral, cocoa, and buttery cream remain, but the spice is clearly in charge. The strength now is undoubtedly full, but the flavors are still very rich, full, and complex. Despite all of the nicotine, the smoke is still very smooth, cool, savory, and absolutely creamy. The ash still holds very firm, and the burn has required only very slight touch ups. The draw is perfect in the final third as it has been in the entire smoking experience. The LG Diez 2012 Dominicano smokes cool to the nub without pulling any heat or souring in any way.
Conclusion: The LG Diez 2012 Dominicano is simply a phenomenal cigar, the type of smoke that is worth writing home about. It combines complex, full flavor, with a rich full strength. The construction is excellent, with no real attention required for the draw, burn, or ash at any point. The flavors offer enough complexity, balance, and evolution that it should satisfy any smoker. Once again, I must give Litto Gomez credit, this is one special stogie.