Making its cigar industry debut at the 2011 IPCPR trade show was the La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro, one of four new products from Litto Gomez and company.
The wrapper on the new cigar is a ligero Sumatra from Ecuador, which Litto Gomez said he isn’t able to source in large amounts, which will keep it a limited release with two shipments per year. The binder is Dominican Sumatra, and the filler is a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan leaves.
Tony Gomez, Litto’s son and the Florida and Colorado sales manager for the company, graciously provided one of these new sticks for review, in the 5 ¾” x 60 vitola, otherwise known as the No. 5.
A very attractive specimen, the wrapper is dark brown, rich and glistening with oils. The cigar has an incredible pre-light aroma – spicy hot chocolate, some barnyard, and some rich, wet earth dominate the nose. Once clipped, the cold draw is easy, with a touch of spice and some sweetness.
The setup for this cigar is one of the better ones in recent memory – how this cannot be absolutely delicious is beyond comprehension. With numerous La Flor Dominicana cigars already reviewed in this column, it will be interesting to see how this new Colorado Oscuro fits into their lineup.
Once lit, the cigar has a nice peppery start that is very smooth. The ligero is certainly present, though not overwhelming early on.
One thing that is noticed fairly quickly is that this is not a very fast burning cigar – the oils seem to slow it down a bit. There’s certainly no problem with that as after the first few puffs, it seems like this one should be fairly enjoyable for a while.
Past the first inch, the smoke stays thick, with wet wood as the lead note, followed by just a touch of mineral in the background.
At the midway point, there seems to be some brandy in the flavor – a thicker, syrupy sweetness creeps out at times and remains as a lingering note. (For those wondering, only club soda and water accompanied the cigar, so there’s no chance of it being the influence of a beverage.) What was once wet wood has dried and brought out a note of cedar moving into the final third.
Going into the final inches, the ligero comes on strong, delivering a spicy, peppery finish that is almost a bit too pointed for its own good. Any sweetness that was present earlier is a faint memory as the flavor and strength ramps up while the burn line remains slow and steady.
The cigar leaves a number of thoughts in the mind once it is finished – several flavor changes highlight the cigar, making it a complex stick to really dive into. The lingering ligero stays on the back of the tongue and into the throat for a while – something that might not sit well with fans of milder cigars, and might even be a bit off-putting to fans of stronger sticks. It will be interesting to watch this one settle a bit with age, letting the ligero mellow out ever so slightly while still providing the spice and pepper that its fans know it for.
After one cigar, the Colorado Oscuro seems to be another winner for Litto Gomez and La Flor Dominicana. It’s a 3.5 star cigar, well on its way to four stars with a little time.
The cigar will be available in four sizes – a 4.25” x 48 No. 2; a 5” x 50 No. 3; a 5.25” x 54 No. 4, and the 5.75” x 60 No. 5, which was smoked for this review. It will be interesting to try the smaller ring gauges to get a different feel for the flavors in the wrapper – while the 60 ring gauge certainly has a good amount of flavor, the smaller ring gauge vitolas seem to be that much more promising.
Notably absent from the current lineup of vitolas – Litto Gomez’s Chisel vitola, which is a favorite of many LFD cigar smokers. Maybe it will be available in a future edition of the LFD Chisel Sampler…
Each size will be shipped in 50 count boxes, and will come with single stick prices between ranging from the high $6 to low $8 range. The cigars are slated to begin shipping in the very near future and should be at your local cigar shop in the coming weeks.
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