Bite Size Review: La Flor Dominicana Coronado
Sometimes, it goes that some things thrown at a wall just don’t stick. Be it a poor rating, mediocre packaging, bad timing or a combination of factors, many good (and bad) cigars don’t find their way into our bloated humidors. But, what if it WAS a critically acclaimed blend and it still couldn’t gain traction? Enter the curious case of LFD’s Coronado. Launched in 2006, the Coronado (without LFD branding) delighted critics and even found its way onto Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 List, just not into the hearts of cigar lovers.
Crazy. Because of this, Litto Gomez unknowingly exacerbated the issue by producing the Coronado in limited batches. In 2013, lagging sales finally did the Coronado in and it was discontinued. With faith in the original blend and new packaging, Coronado was relaunched in 2015, again with much critical fanfare.
The Coronado’s construction is top notch featuring uniform girth, a nice cap and a seamless roll. While the draw is good, its on the tight side, but it did improve. The initial profile is wonderfully complex highlighted by a nice spice and a flavor palette of black pepper, nougat, toasted nuts and a nice floral essence. The spice ebbs and flows through transitions, and the pecan and espresso notes on the long finish are tasty.
Transitions are more hardy and dominated by woody profiles. The middle transition becomes one dimensional with not much going on, but our corona redeems itself in the last. Combustion is excellent producing a mostly even burn and a strong 1”+ salt and pepper ash. With almost 2 years of age on this little darlin’, the Coronado is very smooth, but flavors/complexity overall was disappointing. We’re big fans of LFD’s portfolio and while the Coronado offers great quality and value, many of their other offerings are much more enjoyable.. – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: In both its previous and current guises, the Coronado managed to land on Cigar Aficionado’s annual Top 25 Cigars list.
- Profile: Med-Full
- Vitola: Corona Especial
- Length / Ring Gauge: 5 7/8″x47
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Dominican Republic
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Habano
- Binder: Dominican
- Filler: Dominican
- Cutter: Colibri ‘V’
- Lighter: Colibri Firebird
- Price: $8.80
- Humidor Age: 23 mo.
- Box: 18
- Other Vitolas: Corona Gorda [7″x60], Double Corona [7″x50], Double Toro [7″x54], Toro [6″x52]
Smoke Time: 1:27
Draw: Good – on the tight side
Build: Orange-hued, whisky-colored wrap; matte finish; veiny; seamless; nice cap; uniform give – not hard; holds strong 1″+ ash.
- Wrapper – Barnyard
- Foot – Milk chocolate, whiff of cinnamon
- Cold Draw – Apricot, raisinesque
- Initial: Black pepper, nougat and toasted nuts; light spice; pecan notes with espresso finish; spice continues to increase; floral essence on retro; becomes woodier; earthy, peppercorn quality in draw.
- Transition: Spice wanes amidst a woody profile; A hardy mix of oats and toast notes dominate w/toasted nuts still prevalent; finish becomes more toasty w/hints of cedar.
- Transition: Cedar-dominant profile with light notes of caramel and coffee; becomes one dimensional punctuated by an earthy and black pepper profile with a spicy return; toasted oats on finish.
Touch ups: N/A
Combustion: Very good
Weaknesses: Complexity and flavor palette wane after initial profile.
Recommendation: 2. 5-packer
- Go-to (boxworthy)
- Yard ‘gar
- Smoke a banana instead