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Monday, 09 September 2013

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La Flor Dominicana Chisel Chapter OneLitto Gomez is renowned in the world of cigars for his full bodied Dominican sticks, so when I heard his son Antonio had blended his first cigar for his father’s company, I was intrigued to say the least and decided it was time to write up a review for the La Flor Dominicana Chisel Chapter One.

 

 

 

This cigar is made with a high priming Brazilian Oscuro wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and LFD’s estate grown Dominican fillers.  In my opinion, this has resulted in a stick that can vary from a robust full bodied stick, to a solid medium. Sometimes this cigar is arguably Lla Flor’s strongest yet, but on a stick to stick basis, this is not always true. I picked up several sticks from ‘Smoke on The Water’ in Weston Florida where they tend to have great humidor conditions. The black and gold box was almost a perfect square with sides that tapered in, containing a count of ten sticks.

 

LFD Chisel Chapter One



The cigars were oily looking and yet typically held a texture I could only compare to suede leather in my hands.  The coloration of the cigar was of deep brown clay with slight black speckling, typical of the oscuro wrappers LFD is known for.  The wrapper was hardly rustic looking, the veins in the leaf, while visible, were by no means over-pronounced.  Looking at the foot of the sticks, I saw no stems, and noted the interesting coloration of the filler. The majority had a very visible bunch of tobacco in the center of the filler, distinctly darker than the rest.

 

LFD Chisel Chapter One



After smoking more then a few of these aesthetically pleasing cigars, I found that typically the beginning of the stick struck me with a delightful explosion of spicy flavors.  These typically short lived moments of spice would then lead into smoother flavors of wood, nut, and sometimes cream.   Still, though not typical it bares mentioning that in some sticks, there was a moment of smoothness before the spice. The taste of spice in these specific sticks typically came much later into the first third.  While this is in truth a consistency issue, I personally found this endearing to the smoke, as this simply acted to make each stick more unique. I didn’t find that this particular variation from stick to stick made the taste un-enjoyable in any way.


Typically I noticed the body of the cigar bringing itself to bare when the first third was nearly or halfway done. For an unseasoned smoker, the body may strike one like a punch to the face delivered by Bruce Lee when dealing with a ‘robust’ stick. Like all cigars, time of day, meals, and slight variations in consistency from stick to stick are an influence on the body. In the Chapter One’s case the consistency in strength itself, for this run at least, was a factor. The difference in strength during the first third varied a little more than slightly from stick to stick for me.


As the first third drew to its close, the sticks nearly always came to deliver smooth creamy flavors coupled with a slight leather taste, and on very few occasion very faint bitter or earth taste.


I noticed that all of the cigars produced a fluffy white to gray ash with darker looking streaks and specks.  The excellent construction really stands out in this sticks ash. Never once did it fall from my cigars before I was ready to ash them. Yet, while they typically self corrected, from time-to-time I found myself having to correct the burn a bit more then I had hoped.

The aroma in the first third tended to vary from stick-to-stick, but typically held smells of pepper, oats, wood, and nut.  In a small number of cigars I noticed a faint leather smell in the background. When retro-haled the bouquet hits the sinus with a powerful tingle nearly free of any burning sensation or uncomfortable heat, at least for a seasoned smoker. When I did this I found that the spice, wood, and nut dominated my olfactory, the oatsy smell nearly invisible.  Retro hales also tended to make the body even more present than one would anticipate, even in the sticks that fell into the medium-bodied category.

 

LFD Chisel Chapter One



As the second third began its course, I typically noticed whatever subtle notes of spice that where always present in the background after any ‘spicy bombs’ went off, hastily made its way to the background until it was nearly unidentifiable. Typically I found that this was followed by moments of the smooth, woody or earthy flavors coming more to the front. On some occasions I detected a nut like taste.


Around this time I also took notice of the flavors physically on the wrapper of the cigar. Something I love about this cigar’s shape is that the chisel allows a lot of the wrapper to make contact with your pallet. Typically these flavors tasted of salted butter, or mellow bread. Welcome additions to the flavors already present.

Now that we have smoked our way through the first third of the LFD Chisel Chapter One let's take a look at what to expect from the rest of this new cigar.






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