Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Oro Maduro Tubo No. 6
La Flor Dominicana Oro Maduro Tubo No. 6
Size: Toro (6″ x 54)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Price: $13 MSRP
When I wrote my review of the La Flor Dominicana LG Diez Chisel last year I mentioned that I don’t always smoke Dominican cigars, however La Flor is one of those brands that innovates and creates offerings outside my typical palate that I rend to enjoy and squeeze into my rotation. So when the LFD Oro’s found there way into the local B&M it was a cigar I had to try. I chose the Maduro as I was curious to how the Maduro wrapper would blend with the all Dominican filler from Litto’s farm. My friend Cigar_Coop gives a little more background on his assessment update here.
The La Flor Dominicana Oro line pays homage to La Flor Dominicana founder Litto Gomez’s roots in the jewelry industry. As part of the marketing and packaging of these cigars, the Oro cigars are contained in gold tubing The Oro line was launched with both a natural and maduro wrapper option….
The LFD Oro line uses a Nicaraguan wrapper over Dominican binder and filler. The Nicaraguan wrapper is similar to what is used on the Coronado blend, but with a higher priming. For the Oro Maduro, the wrapper is put through a maduro curing process. The Oro Maduro is currently only available in a single vitola – a 6 x 54 Toro. The Oro Natural is offered in both a 6 x 54 Toro and 6 x 54 Chisel vitola
But enough about that how’s it smoke?
Pre-Light: (1.8) TAs mentioned, the LFD Oro comes wrapped in a gold plastic tubo with the cigar then wrapped in a cedar sheath. The Maduro wrapper appears a to have a nice thickness to it and a good bit of tooth. There is a prominent vein and a few smaller veins. The Oro Maduro feels little oily to the touch, and sturdy In the hand. The cap looks a little sloppy but no harm done when cut.
The scent off the foot is of sweet hay with a hint of spice. Hay cocoa and light cinnamon shine through on the pre-light draw.
Burn: (1.7) The LFD Oro Maduro leaves a white ash that is a little flaky but holds to an inch. Draw is a little tight but opens. The burn is wavy at times but holds together nicely. The smoke is full and flows off the resting Oro Maduro.
Flavor: (2.7) At first light there is a noteworthy cocoa sweetness which is gradually joined by a slight sweet tangy tobacco flavor and then a rich cinnamon joins the interplay of flavors. The cinnamon is amplified in the retro hale. A thick, sweet, rich tobacco flavor that is one of the hallmarks of LFD moves to the forefront as the pepper and cinnamon escalate and the cocoa from the Maduro wrapper brings it all together.
Smoking through the second third and the aforementioned flavors achieve a terrific harmony of balance. The sweet tobacco, pepper, cinnamon, and cocoa notes merge to create a complex flavor profile. Sweet tobacco stays at the front of the profile, spicy cinnamon at the middle of the profile and a little pepper on the finish. The cocoa weaves its way in and out in various amounts through the smoke. The LFD Oro Maduro has a bit of kick to it though it doesn’t overwhelm.
In the last third some floral notes emerge and are quite complimentary to the sweet profile of the smoke and the additional sweetness from the wrapper. The cinnamon takes it up a notch and the pepper brings it all to a close on the finish. By the end of the smoke there is no mistaking the hallmark strength of La Flor.
Overall: (2.7) As a smoker whe tends to gravitate to dark profile Nicaraguan cigars, the LFD Maduro was a terrific change up. The Maduro wrapper offered the cocoa note I enjoy so much but the sweet tobacco I have grown to expect from Litto’s farm shines in the blend and the combination of cinnamon and pepper provide for a terrific contrast. In my tasting notes I had closed as follows “Full Flavor, Full Body, Full Strength”….I fully endorse that summary and recommend the Oro Maduro for any smoker seeking a nice combination of balance, flavor, complexity, and strength!