Marca: La Flor Dominicana
Brand: Double Ligero
Vitola: "Chisel" (flat head torpedo)
Wrapper: Equadoran maduro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Burn: Excellent - Slow
Strength: Med - Full
Overall Construction: Excellent
Smoking Time: 1hr 45min
The most noticeable aspect of the cigar is it's nearly mirror-like sheen. This is one of the most extraordinarily oily wrappers I've ever seen. The prelight nose is of fine tobacco, with a strong, but pleasant ligero aroma. Since it's been resting in my possession for two years, there's no hint of on-going fermentation whatsoever, just sweet, ripe tobacco. Rolling and gently pressing between my fingers, it feels firm, but supple, suggesting excellent, consistent construction.
Simply, there is none. The whole idea behind the chisel is that it requires no cutter. It's even simpler to open up than a pigtail, which is intended to be bitten off. Rather, the chisel head is merely pinched gently and pops open, rendering perfect access to a very open and smooth draw.
Having been stored just below 65% RH, this gorgeous maduro took to the torch with ease. Minimal time with my torch held about 3" from the foot, nearly instantaneously provided a complete and even cherry. Just a very slight "purge" of the initial heat and we're ready to roll.
Right off the bat, the predominant flavor of rich, dark, chocolate cake comes to the fore. This is one hellova fine maduro wrapper, so the sweetness is there in spades and lingers very long on the finish.
Chocolate cake, scoots over just a little bit to include a note of dark-roast coffee bean and a hint of woodiness. Still, the sweetness of the maduro shines through. Enough cannot be said about the laser sharp, even burn of this stick. I never even thought the words "touch up" anywhere during this smoke. And, smoke there is, aplenty! Massive pillows of wonderfully thick, aromatic S-M-O-K-E.
One of the things I value most in a fine cigar, is complexity. For me, this is defined by a long finish, which coats the back of the palette and an almost meaty sensation up front, which makes you want to chew the smoke. For all it's ligero, the Chisel maduro offers great complexity and an extraordinarily long and pleasing finish.
As with most cigars, the strength in the Chisel built noticeably, but never became overly so. It did benefit greatly from a couple of gentle purges during the back end, just to get rid of some steam, caused by the 50% ambient humidity in my smoking room. The burn, as is to be expected, got a little uneven towards the final 12cm, but still nothing requiring more flame.
Conclusion and Final Impressions
This is simply an outstanding, pleasing and ultimately satisfying cigar. It delivers wonderfully rounded flavors, easily identified and well defined. While not the most complex, it delivers enough complexity to satisfy even the most discerning smoker. If you enjoy high volumes of smoke delivery, this is a cigar for you. I highly recommend that anyone who enjoys a full-bodied cigar grab a handful of these and after a good amount of much-needed rest, sit back for one fantastic cigar experience.