Bite Size Review: La Flor Dominicana LG Diez 2015

 

Boy, I tell ya, LFD cigars always bring back great memories. You see, years ago my wife gifted me with a few of their small batch Mysterio (now known as TCFKAM or the “The Cigar Formerly Known As M”), a cigar that single-handedly transformed my entire outlook on cigars. Since then it seems whenever there’s an LFD in my hand, good things happen. I’ve been known to squirrel away Ligeros, Double Ligeros, TCFKAMs and Andalusian Bulls and they always seem to make an entrance at just the right time. Well whadaya know, it just so happens to be our first review of 2020.

 

See what I mean?

 

Ironically, the last LFD stogey we reviewed, the Coronado, was a bit of a disappointment. Even though it managed praise from the good life mag, Cigar Aficionado, Coronado just fell short when it came to overall flavor palette and level of complexity. Nonetheless, at under $9 we still felt good about recommending it as a 5 packer. So, when we added LFD’s Litto Gomez Diez to our review bullpen we surmised the experience would hit the reset button after our Coronado experience and restore a little faith in Casa Gomez.

 

Launched in 2004 to commemorate LFDs 10th anniversary in business, the LG Diez series was intended to not only represent LFD’s first stab at a Dominican puro, but also function as an ongoing regular production cigar whose annual blend would be comprised of the most recent 4-year old cosecha or harvest. While still largely referred to as Diez, updated branding features a simple number “10” on the primary band. Our Diez Lusitano has been simmering in our humidor for about 12 months bringing the total age to a little over 5 years.

 

 

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Sporting a delectable graham cracker hue, our toro still glistened with a touch of oil despite languishing in our “bullpen” a little over a year. The body is hard, lumpy and contains soft spots along its length. Getting up close, the wrapper is veiny, has several imperfections and the seams are a bit raised. Ok, so it’s not Angelina Jolie in the looks department, but on the pleasing aroma side, our Diez offers a whiff of leather from the wrapper and a nice helping of cocoa powder from the foot. The draw is semi-open with a bit more restriction than I’m comfortable with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initial impressions are solid as our Diez delights with a crisp, nutty draw followed by a nuanced profile of baking spice complemented by notes of creme, red pepper and walnuts. Lightly spicy and with fleeting touches of cherries, cinnamon and almond notes here and there, the Diez’s finish is nice and toasty. You’re gonna need to practice retrohaling to get the most out of this gal. Transitions feature more subtle organic profiles of leather and wood, with overlays of caramel, citrus and coffee. There’s no mistaking a solid level of complexity, but it’s muted in places and at times there’s an increased minerality. Spice ratchets upward through each transition as does the body and intensity.

 

The Diez is not a big smoke producer, but her combustion remains spot on. The ash is very weak and will sometimes fall even without cause of movement. The flavor palette is solid in the first round, and while there’s lots going on in each transition, it’s almost too much. To top it off, some aspects of the profile are muted at times. The semi-open draw does improve, but begins to tighten during the last transition. She likes to be smoked, so stay frosty or she’ll flame out. Given our experience and the price, recommending anything more than a 5 pack would be disingenuous, but the Diez does offer some scrumptious moments and solid performance. – In Fumo Pax!

 

Recommendation: 5 Packer

 

Did you Know: Conceived in 1999, LG Diez is LFD’s first Dominican puro which employs all LFD-grown tobaccos and features 4-year old leaves for each year’s release.

 

 
 
 

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  • Profile: Med-Full
  • Vitola: Lusitano [Toro]
  • Length / Ring Gauge: 6.0″ x 52
  • Purchased: B&M
  • Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Dominican
  • Binder: Dominican
  • Filler: Dominican
  • Blade: Xikar Xi1
  • Fire: Colibri Firebird
  • Price: $12.80 [Box $307.20]
  • Humidor Age: 12 mo.
  • Box: 24
  • Other Vitolas: Oriental [4 7/8″x38], Cubano [5″x50], Paisano [5.5″x52], Chisel Puro [5.5″x54], Americano [5.75″x46], Gallego [6.25″x60], Dominicano [6 7/8″x50]
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N O T E S

Smoke Time: 1:12
Draw
: Semi-open
Construction Veiny; raised seams; hard body with soft spots; lumpy with imperfections; light oil; graham cracker hue; struggles to hold 1″ ash; not a big smoke producer

Aromas:

  • WrapperMuted leather
  • Foot – Cocoa powder
  • Cold Draw – Raisinesque

Tasting Notes:

  • Initial: Crisp, nutty draw; hints of walnuts, creme and red pepper on retro; subtle profile of baking spice with hints of cherries; lightest of spice; crisp finish of toast; almond notes added late with a touch of cinnamon;  mild to medium body; airy and smooth; charred wood notes added to finish.
  • Transition: Leather core; smacks of citrus and cherries on retro; hints of caramel on retro; Slight minerality; becomes more woody and adds more of a coffee finish.
  • Transition: Medium bodied but with more intensity and spice; woody core; notes of chocolate and caramel; longer finish of espresso and charred wood; chewy hints of molasses with underlying nuttiness.

Complexity: Very Good
Balance: Excellent
Touch ups1 (went out)
Combustion: Superb
Weaknesses:  Flavor palette overwhelming at times; Weak ash; draw tightens late
Recommendation: 5 Packer

Recommendation scale:

  1. Go-to
  2. Boxworthy
  3. 5 packer
  4. Yard ‘gar
  5. NR [No Recommendation]

 

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