Another mega sized release by La Flor Dominicana. After the 6½x54 Airbender maduro and the 8½x60 Digger Litto Gomez decided it was time to go even bigger and create a 9¼ inch long diadema with a ring of 50. The cigar is made of Dominican binder and filler and there are two kinds of wrapper used, one is a Nicaraguan habano, the other is a Nicaraguan habano ligero maduro wrapper. I got both cigars at a meet & greet from Litto Gomez himself and decided to review them. The first La Flor Dominicana Diadema I smoked was the natural.
The cigar looks great with the fine shape, the simple band and the light colored oily wrapper with veins and wrinkles. The cigar is well rolled although I do feel some soft spots in the construction. The predraw is fine and I taste dry raisin.
I taste hay with a hint of dry chocolate. After three quarters of an inch I taste hay, wood and some herbs. After an inch the herbs get stronger with some wood and an inch later I mainly taste herbs with just some wood on the background. After a third I also get an earthy flavor with the herbs and wood. Right before halfway I even taste some nut and something mild sweet
After two thirds I taste sweet wood with a bit of herbs and some spices. The flavors are very nice. A few puffs later I taste a nice toffee or caramel flavor with some pepper, quite some herbs and a bit of wood. The herbs are getting stronger, the cigar is more spicy and the caramel toffee flavor disappears. Near the end I taste more wood and pepper but the cigar becomes less spicy.
It took me three and a half hours to smoke this cigar. The draw was great and I got a lot of smoke. The gray ash is light colored but not so firm. The burn is pretty. This medium to full flavored and medium to full bodied cigar is way too long for me. I even had to re-cut the cigar because the mouth end was becoming too moist.
Would I buy this cigar again? No. I liked the flavors and all, but a three and a half hour smoke is too much for me.
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10