Today I am exploring the La Flor Dominicana The Meaner Digger, which is one real beast of a cigar. We covered the upcoming release of the Meaner Digger in a press release here. The Meaner Digger is being made exclusively for Tobacco Haven – North of the Border – in Brookline, NH. The release is limited to 2012 cigars total, including 100 20 count boxes and one 12 count box which will be autographed by Litto Gomez. For any Double Ligero fan the Meaner Digger, this is the best of both worlds, featuring both the natural and maduro wrapper.
The Meaner Digger is being released on December 21st, and yes it is available to ship if you are on the waiting list. If you are interested in getting on the waiting list contact Nick at Tobacco Haven (603) 673-1178. Now this thing is simply massive, here’s a few shots for perspective.
Size: 10 x 60 (Yes you read that right)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro & Ecuadorian Sungrown
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Meaner Digger features the same band as the rest of the Double Ligero line. The band says LFD in the center in gold over a red background and below it La Flor Dominicana spelled out in white on black, and below that Doube Ligero. It has two wrappers which create a barber pole effect. Both have some moderate veins, but a nice oil to them. I think it is also important to mention that this cigar is simply massive, almost to the point of comical. Yet the construction appears to be excellent, both of the wrappers beautifully applied, and there are no soft spots that I can detect.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Meaner Digger has notes of grass, cedar, spice, and a little cocoa. The foot has the scent of cedar, earth, grass, spice, wood, and coffee. To prepare to smoke this massive beast, I gave it a slight straight cut, which cut like butter, displaying the excellent craftsmanship of the Meaner Digger. The stick still measues 9 7/8 inches! The cold draw is a little easy, and has a flavor of grass, spice, cedar, and a little coffee bean.
Smoking Characteristics: The Meaner Digger kicks off with a nice blend of black and white pepper, spice, wood, leather, and grassy flavors. The draw starts out slightly easy, providing only a medium body of smoke with a medium strength. However the smoke is very cool, smooth, and rich, each draw leaving a nice savory spice lingering on the palate with just a touch of pepper which teases the tongue. About an inch in, basically still near the start of the cigar, the draw starts to tighten up and the body, along with the strength, enters the medium to full range. At this point, a nice roasted nutty flavor joins the profile along with some hints of cocoa. However, the spice, cedar, leather, and grass still dominate the profile.
Into the second third of the Meaner Digger, by which I mean about an hour and a half later, the draw is simply excellent. There are notes of roasted nuts, coffee, cocoa, cedar, spice, and grass. Each draw leaves a nice mix of cedar, nuts, spice, and a bit of pepper lingering on the palate. The body becomes full during this third, with each draw providing a thick cloud of smooth, cool, rich smoke. The strength has also increased into the full range, allowing a nice buzz to set in while smoking. The ash continuously holds past the inch point, but has dropped off once on its own.
During the final third of the Meaner Digger, the coffee and cocoa notes amp up a bit and become much more dominant in the blend. The flavors of nuts, cedar, spice, and grass all remain strongly, but are now taking on secondary roles. The strength in the final third is certainly in the full range, with a strong buzz taking its toll on my concentration at work! The construction stands up very well, the ash holding well past the inch point without flaking. Even more amazing is the burn, in 3 hours and 30 minutes of smoking the Meaner Digger, I’ve not needed to correct the burn once. I smoke the Meaner Digger to about the half inch, without the flavor souring in any way, and only becoming slightly soft towards the nub.
Conclusion: Now I’ve smoked a lot of cigars in my day and for this blog. Some have been quite large, but I’m certain the Meaner Digger is the largest I’ve lit up. I’ve always enjoyed the La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero, both in the natural and the maduro. I was a bit worried that I might not enjoy the blend in the super sized vitola, and also a bit worried that the two wrappers might have tarnished the flavor. My doubts were instantly erased by the Meaner Digger. The flavor was wonderful, balanced, intense, and a bit complex to boot. The construction was excellent, the burn, draw, and ash all performing beyond satisfaction. Overall this is certainly worth a box purchase, and when you add in the reactions you’ll get when you give this one out as a gift, it puts the value over the top!
MSRP: $14.99 ($279.99 for a box of 20) You can buy them here.