The folks at the La Flor Cigar Company have always been innovative, and I like their smokes, due to them being a little bit “different.” Their founder Lito Gomez, has made me laugh in his interviews in cigar publications,because he reminds me of the “Willy Wonka” of the tobacco industry. He just does not strike me as the buttoned up cigar executive that so many are, and his sense of humor is slightly warped. Yet his standards for quality are above what most would expect, especially in the price range that a lot of his products are in. There are not many expensive La Flor cigars, although they do not sacrifice strength. Do not light up one of their cigars if you are a beginner, and while the Dominicana #5 isn’t as hefty as their double ligero’s, you want a bit of experience before firing one up.
These 5×50 sticks are dark in color, because of their Cameroon wrappers. They are simply gorgeous to look at, and although the company manufactures their products in the Dominican Republic, they combine these African wrappers with tobaccos from Nicaragua. Unfortunately this causes some problems, as the tobacco in this batch is not aged properly. It is a bit green, and while not horrible, it does cause some bitter tones. I do like its sophistication and burn rate however, and the white ash that contrasts so nicely with the dark wrapper. Yet a bit more development in the fields for the tobacco crop,could have made this sensational.
A lot of Cameroon wrappers are delicate. This one is not, and the tobacco is packed in tight. There are no binder issues, although the draw does require a bit more work than I expect from La Flor’s. I like their usually generous smoke volume, but this one is average at best in that category. The strong notes of chocolate and vegetables are good, and this is a spicy treat, that is best enjoyed with a whiskey in your hand. Do not smoke one of these in the morning.
For $5, these are a good cigar, to have as “something different.” I have to admit being a bit disappointed by some of its imperfections, but its worth having on an occasional basis. It certainly does not taste like a traditional cigar, and I do like its full bodied kick. Yet I do hope that Mr. Gomez and folks will cultivate aged tobaccos a bit more for these in the future. Until then, I will have once two to three times a year, instead of purchasing a box. Its a pretty cigar, but it does have some rough edges.