Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Ligero Cabinet Oscuro

LaFlorDominicanaSize: 4 3/4×48, L250 Cabinet

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatran (Oscuro)

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Full

Price: Box of 24, $146.99

Grade: 8.7

For you today we have our first review of a Litto Gomez cigar. The Ligero Series from La Flor Dominicana is available in two styles, the Ligero and Double Ligero: The Ligero features Dominican ligero filler and comes in one wrapper – a Natural Ecuadorian Sumatra – but takes on two different varieties. There is a Natural and an Oscuro. The Oscuro is referred to as the Cabinet and it undergoes a special secret process to gain the darkening (Thanks dmjones). The Double Ligero has a similar blend to the regular Ligero, but with an added Dominican ligero binder.

The Ligero Series is available in several different sizes and varieties: Cabinet L200 (4.8×40), Cabinet L250 (4.7×48), Cabinet L250 Oscuro (4.7×48), Cabinet L300 (5.7×50), Cabinet L400 (5.7×54), Double Ligero DL654 (6×54), L300 (5.7×50), L400 (5.7×54), and the L500 (Torpedo, 6×54). The wrapper, binder, and filler all come from their farm in La Canela, Dominican Republic. Not quite a Maduro, the dark wrapped cigar we are reviewing today is referred to by Litto as an Oscuro.

You can visit La Flor Dominicana online or follow them on Twitter. Now, on to the toast!LFD Color

Pre-light, 1.6:
The Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper on the LFD Ligero is very oily, silky to the touch, and bumpy in texture.  The cigar is fairly well paced with a few soft spots here and there, but the cap is constructed nicely. The pre-light aroma is of leather and strong tobacco with mild spice at the foot. The cold draw is pleasant but does not produce a lot of discernible notes on my palate.The band is simple, solid, and fits the smoke very well.

Burn, 1.7:
The LFD cuts and lights well with a very nice draw; this continues throughout the smoke. The smoke temperature is a little warm at the beginning but evens out about ½ inch in. The ash layers up nicely with a medium to light gray color that is consistent. This cigar does require multiple touch ups and one re-light, but I attribute this to the Ligero tobacco and super oily wrapper encasing it, so I didn’t deduct much of anything for that attribute.

litto01Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on this smoke is creamy with notes of woody tobacco and spice. As we move farther in, the woody notes are still present but the smoke itself is kind of warm and dark with a nice bite of spice present.  The Dominican tobacco is evident in the flavor profile and the wrapper is more noticeable on the exhale and finish. The above profile is pretty consistent throughout the smoke and overall I find this to be a creamy smoke with woody notes, but noticeable spice on the long finish.

Overall, 2.7:
This cigar leaned toward full bodied for me, though it was not as strong as I anticipated based on appearance. I enjoyed it as this is a blend that I do not smoke often; it was a nice change of pace for my palate. On that note, I would say it is worth the retail price of around six bucks and I feel certain you will get your money’s worth. Now, I need to pick up the double Ligero and give it a toast!

(Total: 8.7)