Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana 1994

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana 1994

La Flor Dominicana
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 7″ x 54
Strength: medium-full to full
Price: $8.20 MSRP

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Overall Rating: 8.8

In 1994 Litto Gomez left the jewelry industry and launched Los Libertadores, his first cigar brand. Two years later, Gomez founded La Flor Dominicana. The La Flor Dominicana 1994 is a cigar that pays tribute to Litto’s first year in the cigar industry. There’s something both familiar and different about the 1994 that should please fans of Gomez’s cigars.

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Pre-Light: The La Flor Dominicana 1994 has a reddish brown Colorado wrapper that seems even more red due to the burgundy cigar band. It’s got a great band that is both classic La Flor and something new altogether. The cigar is really firm to the touch.

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There is a earthy barnyard aroma to the wrapper of the La Flor Dominicana, while the foot gives off a sweet natural tobacco and dried fruit. A natural tobacco comes through on the cold draw.

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Burn: Although the The burn is razor sharp from start to finish. This is a slow burning cigar. (I rarely note smoking times, but it took almost two hours to finish,) The draw on the La Flor 1994 is a bit firm for my tastes, but it does produce a good deal of smoke.

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Flavor: Immediately upon light up the La Flor Dominican 1994 there is a meaty flavor that starts off the cigar and remains throughout. Slight hints of leather and pepper ling in the background, while there is a surprising amount of sweetness to the cigar. On the retrohale there is a small amount of pepper. As the cigar begins to burn into the second third there is a slow build in both pepper flavor and strength. Leather and grass remain in the background. In the final third of the cigar there is a good deal of black pepper and soil flavors.

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Overall: Though I like the occasional La Flor Dominicana cigar, it is not a brand that I smoke on a regular basis. But from time to time there is a La Flor that I enjoy, and the La Flor Dominicana 1994 is one of those cigars that I enjoyed enough to revisit. Full bodied but lacking overpowering strength, the La Flor 1994 is full of earth and pepper flavors. This is one of those cigars that should get better with age. Personally, I plan on picking a couple up to sit on for a while and see how they age.

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Pairing: The La Flor Dominican is one of those cigars that pairs well after a steak with a glass of cabernet or a meritage. Personally, I find a glass of Educated Guess goes very well with the 1994. A glass of brandy or a Camus cognac is also a great pairing when looking for something a bit stronger than a glass of wine.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)