Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana 707 TAA Exclusive 2014

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana 707 TAA Exclusive 2014

La Flor Dominicana
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 7″ x 70
Strength: full bodied
Price: $10.50

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Overall Rating: 8.3

Like many other manufacturers, La Flor Dominican has made a special cigar that is only available to retailers that are members of the Tobacconists Association of America (TAA). The La Flor Dominicana 2014 TAA 707 is a gigantic 7 inch 70 ring gauge cigar that packs a lot of strength and flavor into one cigar. Fans of La Flor are sure to be impressed with the 2014 TAA cigar. The strength makes it a cigar for the experienced smoker only and one that should be enjoyed after a large meal

Pre-Light: The 707 features the typical La Flor Dominicana with a secondary foot band that says “TAA” on it. A light leathery brown Ecuadorian wrapper makes the bands really stand out. There is a nice oily sheen to the 707’s wrapper. This is an impressive looking cigar, with a daunting size.

There is a very slight leathery aroma to the wrapper. Off the unlit foot, a natural tobacco sent is easily noticeable. There’s an extremely easy pre-light draw, as expected from a large ring gauge cigar.

Burn: The burn is fairly even during the first third of the cigar, but gets a bit wibbly-wobbly at times and needs correcting. After correcting the burn, the 707 goes back to burning pretty even. Throughout the draw is very loose, and a bit too easy for my tastes. Normally I don’t note smoking time because it is different for everyone, but the La Flor 2014 TAA Exclusive is a long lasting cigar. It took over two hours from beginning to end and may last even longer for some.

Flavor: The La Flor Dominicana 2014 TAA Exclusive starts off with flavors of sweet natural tobacco, grass and hay. Half a inch into the first third, an earthiness creeps in along with sweet cedar, natural tobacco, black tea and a bit of pepper. On the retrohale there is a good deal of black pepper and spice. At the transition to the second third an herbal note joins cedar, oak, pepper and natural tobacco. Occasionally during the second third a slight cocoa note appears for short periods of time. A coffee flavor occurs at the start of the final third of the La Flor 2014 TAA. The pepper mellows a bit and is complimented by an increased woodsiness to the flavor profile. Cedar, oak, spice and hay are the dominant notes in the final third of the cigar. The ligero definitely gives this cigar a bit of kick to it in the strength department. In the last inch a chalkiness enters the picture, but doesn’t overpower the pepper and spice flavors that are at the forefront of this part of the cigar.

Overall: The La Flor Dominicana 2014 TAA is a daunting cigar; it’s giant size and promise of strength can be a bit intimidating. I’ve never been a fan of cigars with a ring gauge that is larger than a 60. My thought is that this is a trend that has grown out of people looking for the longest lasting cigar at a reasonable price due to the economic downturn. I doubt it is a trend that will last. That said, the La Flor TAA is good at being what it was meant to be. It’s a strong cigar with flavors of wood, grass, hay, pepper and spice. A slow burning cigar, the 707 definitely offers a lot of bang for your buck. Personally, I liked it a lot more than I anticipated. I wouldn’t suggest having this cigar on an empty stomach. Although I enjoy cigars of almost any strength, this one did give me the impression that if I hadn’t just eaten a large Italian dinner at Evo in Tequesta, I may have been a little sick. Still I plan on trying it one or two more times after a large steak dinner. Fans of La Flor Dominicana cigars, like my buddy Arnold “Fingers”, are certain to be pleased with the 707’s blending of flavor and strength.

Pairing: Due to the strength of this cigar I don’t suggest pairing it with alcohol. A post-dinner cappuccino or espresso are easily the best choice to have with the La Flor Dominicana 2014 TAA. If you determined to pair this cigar with some form of alcohol a glass of Niagara Ice Wine or a Fonseca Port is probably the easiest choice.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)