Stein (Toro), 6 x 54
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
|Cigar age||0 yr. 4.5 mo.|
BACKGROUND: In 1994, Litto Gomez launched a Dominican-made line of cigars called Los Libertadores. The new brand experienced quick growth for Gomez, who produced 150,000 cigars in 1994 and nearly three million in 1996. Gomez would eventually create the La Flor Dominicana brand, which was launched, using the original Los Libertadores blend.
In early 2014, La Flor Dominicana announced the release of a cigar commemorating Litto and Ines Gomez’s 20 years in the cigar business. It would be called the La Flor Dominicana 1994.
For many years Litto set aside tobacco in anticipation of this very special blend. This blend is as special as the occasion it serves to commemorate and is symbolic of the quality and pride with which La Flor Dominicana has built its name. The fillers and binder are grown on the La Flor Dominicana farm in the Dominican Republic and are complemented with a Mexican San Andrés wrapper.
MSRP prices run from $7.50 to $8.30 per stick, depending on the size. The cigars come in 5 sizes and the cigar I’m reviewing is the 6-inch by 54 ring gauge 20th Anniversary Toro.
TASTING NOTES: The 20th anniversary Toro displayed oak wood, wet cardboard and mineral notes at the outset. It also displayed rich molasses, mesquite smokiness and a hint of black pepper on the retrohale. Which reminds me… because of the differences in flavor between mouth-smoking and retrohaling, one really must do both to experience the entire flavor profile package. When smoked in this fashion, you can really savor the balance between the earthy sweetness, the savory notes, and the rich texture of this cigar.
The performance was solid. The burn line was even, if a bit blistered. The draw was slightly stiff at the beginning, but loosened up as the cigar heated. The ash was solid and held firm until I chose to tap off in neat chunks. I experienced few if any problems at all with the construction and burn.
The 1994 was not overly strong and as such I believe it will be appreciated by most cigar smokers. There was plenty of lip-smacking goodness to be had during the first half.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half the LFD 1994 displayed more earthy and rum-like flavors, perhaps even bourbon notes. The retrohale was smooth and warm and the whole experience was lip-smacking good.
This is a cigar worthy of its 20th anniversary designation and one that should age well into the future. I just have to figure out a way of holding some back and not smoking them all, but I’ve suffered worse problems.
This is a cigar that I can recommend for most every cigar smoker. Enjoy this with your favorite aged spirit, coffee and craft beer.
Final verdict: Buy a bunch and hold some back for long term aging.
These cigars originally came packed in a ceramic beer stein, which is beautiful, but, alas, is not humidor quality. Therefore I have taken the cigars out of the stein and have placed them with cellophane sleeves intact in the singles drawer of my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor.
This is the first of two reviews on these sticks, which have been resting in my humidor for 4 months and 13 days.
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