Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana La Nox

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana La Nox

La Flor Dominicana 
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Brazil
Binder: Mexico (San Andres)
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 1/2” x 50
Strength: full
Price: $11.00

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Overall Rating: 9.2

La Flor Dominicana is know for producing strong cigars, but many times strength is given a premium over complexity. However, the La Flor Dominicana La Nox manages to marry strength and complexity in a very impressive manner. From the extremely dark Brazilian wrapper to the nighttime scene on the band, it is obvious that the La Flor Dominicana La Nox is something different from LFD Cigars.

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Pre-Light: The La Flor Dominicana La Nox has a definite nighttime theme to it, both in the design of the band and the very dark coloring of the wrapper. This cigar has one of my favorite bands. A blend of baby and midnight blues with a rolling clouds and a half moon, the band is both familiar and new at the same time.  There is a good amount of oil to the dark Brazilian wrapper. Like most La Flor Dominicana cigars the cigar is rather firm to the touch.

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From the wrapper of the La Nox there is certainly an earthy aroma, but there is also a Cabernet-like scent to the very dark wrapper. The unlit foot has a mix of Cabernet, spice, oak and mild cocoa notes. A nice cold draw allows through flavors of earth, red wine and spice.

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Burn: The La Nox is an even burning cigar from start to finish. The cigar has a good draw that allows through enough smoke. A beautiful white ash clings extremely well to the foot of the La Nox.

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Flavor: There is a very unique spice right from the start of the La Flor Dominicana La Nox. A bit of earth, grass, spice, saltand herbs mix with white pepper during the early part of first third of the cigar.  On the retrohale, spice mixes with grass. Some of the cabernet notes from the cold draw remain during the first third of the cigar. Black and white pepper begins to pick up in strength a bit during the transition to the second third of the cigar. The second half of the cigar sees the strength grow significantly. Earth, pepper, grass, steak, spice and cedar are the main flavors present during the second third of the La Nox. During the transition to the last third of the La Flor Dominicana La Nox there is a blend of meat, pepper, earth and coffee notes. At this point, the retrohale is mostly cabernet and  While the primary flavors remain fairly consistent, there is a bit of mild cocoa that occurs behind the earth, pepper, steak, spice and cedar notes.

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Overall: Due to its strength the La Flor Dominican La Nox is a very good end of the day cigar, maybe it was that which inspired the nighttime clouds and moon on the cigar, or maybe it was the extremely dark wrapper. There’s a good deal of flavor to balance out the strength of the La Nox, including a wonderful Cabernet wine note. While definitely not a cigar for the novice, fans strong cigars like La Flor Dominicana’s will find the La Nox a different but pleasing experience. Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of LFD cigars. There are some I like a lot (ie. The Oro Maduro or Football), but on a whole I rarely pick up a La Flor Dominican cigar to smoke for something other than a review. That said, the La Nox is different from any other cigar they’ve made, and (in my humble opinion) may be the best yet. The strength is balance by an extremely complex flavor profile. The La Nox is a cigar that the full bodied cigar smoker will definitely want to pick up.

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Pairing: A Cognac or cask strength scotch will spectacularly compliment the La Flor Dominicana La Nox. The Glenfarclas 105, Glenmorangie Astar and Aberlour A’bunadh are all great cask strength single malts that will pair well with the La Nox. A full bodied Cabernet or Mertiage will also pair well with the La Nox.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Some cigars for this review were provided by Tony Gomez of La Flor Dominicana Cigars. No request for review was made. Although the generosity is appreciated, it does not effect the way this cigar was reviewed. At Toasted Foot we remain committed to bringing you impartial cigar and product reviews.