Origin : Dominican Rep.
Format : Robusto
Size / Ring: 5 x 52
Price : MSRP $7.50
The La Flor Dominicana 1994 commemorates the year maestro Litto Gomez struck out on his own. For this review, I sampled the Conga – a 5 x 52 robusto. Construction of the cigar is excellent; well-packed full of tobacco, with no soft spots at all. The beautifully toothy San Andres wrapper is dark coffee bean brown with a hint of rosado gleaming in the oily sheen. The seams are nearly invisible with some small veins, finished with a perfectly applied cap.
Flavors of earth, sweetness, cocoa, smoked beef, honey, cedar, and some spice jump to the fore immediately. A fantastic cigar from the word “go”, its richness, depth and character reflect qualities typically found within some of the more sophisticated cigars.
First impressions are everything. The La Flor Dominicana 1994 makes an impressive one as soon as flame touches leaf, with intensity. Notes of cedar, leather, and pepper jump to the fore.
The first third of the cigar features some delicious notes of citrus, cocoa and sweet molasses. Compared to other LFD offerings such as the Ligero and Double Ligero, this cigar is medium bodied, dialing down on the intensity.
In the second third of the cigar the citrus notes, reminiscent of orange peel raise the elegance of this LFD to the next level, beyond the company’s other offerings. As the LFD 1994 enters the half way point a cocoa note takes charge as the citrus notes fade.
The cigar’s last third features the growing spice notes. The LFD 1994 eclipses all the other lines currently in the La Flor Dominicana portfolio. The cigar’s smoothness and elegance allows for the medium-full cigar to shine. The balance in the flavors and their juxtaposition allow the characters of the cigar to develop naturally as the cigar progresses in strength of body and flavor.
(cigars for this review were purchased by me at the Galleria location for Serious Cigars in Houston, TX)