La Flor Dominicana ‘Chapter One’ Review

Jul

10

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Brand: La Flor Dominicana

Series: Chapter One

Size: Chisel – 6 1/2″ x 58 ring

Origin: Brazilian maduro wrapper, Connecticut broadleaf binder, Dominican filler

Price Paid: $16 to $18 Canadian

Paired With: Coffee, black.

Cigars Smoked For This Review: 1

I picked up the LFD Chapter One on a recommendation several months back while shopping at City Cigar here in Vancouver, one of my favourite brick & mortar shops.  Kevin, who shares my affinity for meaty, fuller bodied cigars, told me very little about it other than he was confident I’d enjoy it.  I hung on to the slightly evil looking chisel, with it’s magnificent maduro wrapper for some time, trying to figure out the right occassion to smoke it.  Eventually, on a beautiful Sunday, while brewing up a Saison, I caved and decided I’d go for it.   I enjoyed my LFD Chapter One late morning with a strong cup of Cuban coffee.   Here’s how it played out:

LFD Chapter One_1

Construction:

I have to admit I was a little worried about how my smoke was going to play out based on the construction of the LFD Chapter One. Compared to the standard I normally expect from LFD cigars, I’d describe the chapter one as ‘a little rough’, but in a way that almost seemed planned.  The dark maduro wrapper was a little rumply, or baggy in appearance in certain spots.  The cigar wasn’t consistently firm, and was definitely a little soft from mid point down to the foot.  Depending on which way I looked at it, there was actually a little bit of a curve to the cigar’s ever so slight box pressed finish. The chisel cap was finished a little bit rough, however it held together just fine once I cut it with a guillotine cutter.    The cold draw offered a dry, almost grassy or cedary taste.

LFD Chapter One_2

First Third:

The first third of my ‘Chapter One’ lacked the spicy hit, or ligero sweetness I was expecting.  The Dominican filler really came to the forefront with toasty, cocoa like character and a smooth mouth feel.  There wasn’t much pepper or spice to speak of, and the overall taste was rich, but restrained, if that makes sense.  The soft construction I mentioned earlier reared it’s head in the form of a mostly uneven burn which required a few corrections and a re-light through the first third.  The draw was wide open, and actually found it a little too ‘loose’ or open at the beginning, making it tough to get a proper burn going. The strength of the cigar was medium.

LFD Chapter One_3

Second Third:

Moving into the second third, the flavours of my Chapter One became a little more distinct.  ‘Toasty’ became more like a roasted nut character.  ‘Cocoa like’ became more like dark chocolate.  The only sweetness I was getting was light, and I attributed it to the maduro wrapper as opposed to ligero in the filler. There was a slight spicy or peppery character near the end of each draw, but the cigar continued to finish smooth and clean.  The burn improved ever so slightly, but still required corrections.  The draw was easy, and contributed to another relight after I’d let the cigar sit for a minute. The strength stayed at a medium level.

LFD Chapter One_4

Final Third:

The final third of my Chapter One changed very little from the second third.  The character,  strength and flavour were mostly unchanged, although the burn improved notably before the cigar reached it’s end.

Overall:

I’m making a conscious effort to describe the Chapter One on it’s own, and not compare it against the many other LFD cigars I’ve enjoyed.   That being said, the construction of my Chapter One was the definitive weak point of an otherwise enjoyable cigar.  The Chapter One delivered straightforward flavours, and struck a nice balance between being a medium bodied cigar with medium strength.  Had my cigar burned and smoked a little better, I’d be singing the praises of a cigar that paired beautifully with my morning coffee. Instead, I’ll tell you that I had to put in a little more work than I hoped for to coax some excellent, balanced flavours out of a cigar that was challenging to smoke.   Would I recommend this cigar?   I’m undecided.  I’d say go for it if you can snag a consistently firm one out of a box, but after the construction issues my Chapter One had, I wouldn’t buy one blind.  Would I smoke another?  If there were a guarantee that I’d have a perfect draw and burn, perhaps.  We all know that’s not how cigars work though, so I’ll stick with my LFD Airbenders and Double Ligero Chisels for now.

Rock out,

Matt


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