While I might not remember my first cigar or even my first few, I do remember the first cigar that kept me coming back to it. For me that was the La Flor Dominicana Ligero. Even though it’s not a brand new cigar on the market it’s definitely worth writing about. La Flor Dominicana was founded in 1996 in Santiago, Dominican Republic by Ines and Litto Gomez. They personally supervise every stage of production; from farming the tobacco at their farm in La Canela, to the art of manufacturing in their factory. For this article I smoked the Ligero 300 again.
The color of the wrapper is the first thing that gets your attention. It has the color or dark roasted espresso beans and a heavy oily sheen. I was told they use a proprietary technique for aging their wrappers to achieve this look but could not be told anymore. It does have some noticeable veins but the seams are tight and hard to find along with being both firm and yielding to the touch with no dead spots.
The body has smells of chocolaty sweetness, leather and tobacco. the pre-light draw has a light resistance to it and the flavor is a mix of cinnamon, chocolate and black pepper. The cap cuts causing no damage to the construction.
The first half has a smooth bread like flavor with pepper and nuts on the finish. There is plenty of well weighted smoke that is produced and the burn is even requiring no touch ups.
Reaching the second half the flavors shift to being more tobacco driven along with leather and spice on the end. That spice becomes more prominent nearing the end of the cigar leaving you with a, truly satisfying, full tobacco and spice flavor. The smoke production and burn remain consistent proving the companies boast of its excellent construction.
Even though this cigar is a full bodied smoke I find it to be quite smooth with a creamy texture to it. While some newer smokers might pass it by thinking that it’ll be too much for their pallet but I would disagree. Even though it is a powerhouse of a cigar the great blending on this makes it easy to be smoked by anyone. There is generally a limited quantity available each year so make sure to stock up when you see them at the shop.