Double Corona (Perfecto), 7 x 54
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
|Cigar age||0 yr. 3.3 mo.|
BACKGROUND: La Flor Dominicana was one of the cigar brands introduced to the cigar public by Litto Gomez during the great cigar boom of the 80’s and early 90’s. And, it was one of the fortunate few that was left standing after the boom went bust.
Litto has brought many fine cigars to the public over they years, but the Mysterio is one of his prized possessions and is but one of the many fantastic premium cigars coming out of the Dominican Republic today. Made by the most skilled torcedores in the La Flor factory, the Mysterio represents the very pinnacle of the art of cigar-making.
The construction of the Mysterio is a very complex process and is one that you must see to believe. Fortunately, I’ve been there and done that. I had the good fortune to see the bunchers and rollers making this cigar and it is truly a work of art. (See video here.) The bunching of a perfecto cigar is one that must be done totally by hand and requires tremendous skill in both placing the filler tobacco into the bunch and rolling the shape with the right amount of pressure on all points of the filler bunch.
Adding the wrapper is also a critical step and requires cutting some intricate patterns in the 3 pieces of tobacco that will cover the cigar as well as expertly manipulating each piece onto this very special stick.
The Ligero Mysterio Oscuro has Dominican filler tobaccos from Gomez’ La Canela farms and covered in a dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with two small flaps of Connecticut shade tobacco on the head and foot of the cigar. It is a 7-inch by 54 ring Mysterio Oscuro Double Corona (Perfecto).
TASTING NOTES: Let me first of all say this: the LFD Ligero Mysterio Oscuro was an incredibly awesome smoke... Now that I've got that off my chest, let me tell you why.
Because the ring gauge of this cigar is continuously changing, I experienced tremendous complexity throughout the smoke. The flavors, from the outset, were full of honey and butterscotch. It displayed a floral sweetness and wood notes.
The flavors were huge on the palate and yet not overpowering in body or strength. As the smoke progressed, the flavors became lighter and I was able to pick up more nuance. Sometimes I got a whiff of pepper, but not too much. In fact, the blending of this cigar was a work of genius because nothing about it was over the top! The flavors came and went at their own choosing and this was a masterpiece of blending as the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.
Don't think that the flavors were the best part of this cigar because the construction and burn were flawless. The draw was perfectly smooth and the ash held on until I literally broke it off into my ashtray.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This is an unbelievable cigar. It has perfect construction and burn and magnificent flavors. It is an easy cigar to smoke and no beginner should have trouble negotiating the flavors, body or strength. I would say that the cigar weighs in at medium in body and strength and medium-full in flavor and shows an array of complex flavors and nuances.
The cigar is a stunning piece of workmanship that represents the very pinnacle of the cigar rolling art. The Mysterio Oscuro is a special occasion smoke and yet you could also smoke this cigar every day and any day and appreciate what it has to offer.
These cigars are expensive. They will run you $14-15 per stick. Nevertheless, I recommend this highly and I suggest that you forgo your beer and sodas for a couple of weeks and give one of these a try. Or better, buy a handful and enjoy a truly epic cigar.
Final verdict: By hook or by crook, get your hands on these and enjoy.
These cigars rest in their original box of 5 inside my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. These cigars don't come with cellophane, but I keep them inside their box, which provides its own microclimate and prevents the cigars from picking up smells from other different cigars.
This is the first of two reviews of these stick, which have 3 months and 9 days of age.
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