Friday, April 24, 2009

La Flor Dominicana Cabinet Maduro #6

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This review is sponsored by Silo Cigars, home to rare cigars, aged cigars and hard to find boutique cigars.

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No fancy window dressing for this cigar. This beautifully rolled 54 ring gauge by 5.75" torpedo comes unbanded in wood cabinets of 50. The wrapper is a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro which has a nice oily sheen and a toothy surface. I found two large veins running the length of the cigar but it still didn't detract from it's overall neat appearance. The cigar has small lumps throughout and feels firmly packed as you move towards the foot. After clipping the cigar, the resulting draw was slightly firm but free. I tasted a nice sweetness and spiciness on my tongue.

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The initial flavors start off a bit strong and separated, I get the expected earthy burnt coffee taste, with some hints of chocolate and spice. Notes of rich leather develop early leading to a dry woody finish. The second third was much more harmonious in flavor. The taste was so smooth and so indicative of a properly aged tobacco blend that it can almost justify it's $8.80 a stick price tag. The draw did open up more as I smoked the cigar, and if it wasn't for the fact that I was concerned about my cigar un-raveling, I would have cut deeper into the cap. The taste was so much better with a fuller draw.

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As far as strength goes, the cigar seemed to start off in the full bodied range, then mellowed out to a medium to full smooth cigar. I see no reason why you couldn't enjoy this cigar mid-day as well as evening. The blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler wrapped in a Dominican binder seemed to contain just the right amount of dried fruit sweetness to balance out the rich leathery taste. No harshness or bitterness was detected.

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The burn qualities of this cigar was satisfactory. The ash formed was an impressive bright white. It started off compact and then looked a little flakey as I smoked the cigar. The burn line also seemed straight when I started then began to blister and wave as I went along. Nothing too drastic, but you may need to touch it up on occasion.

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Overall, I was impressed with this La Flor Dominicana cigar. The old addage of "you get what you pay for" seems to apply to this cigar. The quality of the tobacco was first rate, even though it isn't classified as an "ultra-premium" cigar, it is a step above a mid-priced smoke. If you are a big fan of large ring gauges and torpedos, I feel this cigar is worthy of your consideration. It's a slow starter but you will find that it finishes well. You may want to have a toothpick handy because you will want to nub this one.

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