Yesterday I smoked the first of the two 9¼x50 La Flor Dominicana Diademas that I got from Litto Gomez. Even though I loved the Natural, made with Dominican binder and filler with a Nicaraguan habano wrapper, the three and a half hour it took for me to finish it was too much so I was dreading smoking the La Flor Dominicana Diadema maduro, which has the same size and blend but with a Nicaraguan ligero maduro habano wrapper. And to think that I have the La Flor Dominicana Digger (8½x60) lined up for tomorrow. Litto Gomez is messing with my daily schedule.
The cigar looks great, the shape is awesome, the band is simple and doesn’t distract from the shape and the deep dark and oily wrapper that has some spits and veins. The construction is great, better than the La Flor Dominicana Diadema natural which had some soft spots. I taste a mild sweet chocolate and straw smell. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco with some raisin.
Right from the start I taste a pleasant earthy flavor with coffee but the flavors soon turn for the worst and I taste a nasty tar flavor which fades away soon. I taste a spicy and herbal wood flavor. After an inch I taste spicy and herbal wood with a very tiny bit of chocolate, which disappears just as quickly as it showed up. I taste wood, herbs, an earthy flavor and some pepper.
After a third I taste some citrus with the wood, the earthy flavor and the herbs. Halfway I taste citrus, wood and herbs with some pepper on the background. Halfway I get surprised by a sweet marzipan flavor with wood and citrus. After two thirds the citrus is getting stronger but the marzipan has disappeared. The citrus fades away a bit and the wood becomes the main flavor with quite some herbs.
For some reason this cigar had a smoking time which is fifty minutes shorter than the La Flor Dominicana Diadema natural, it took me two hours and forty minutes to finish it. The draw is better than the natural and I got a decent amount of smoke. The white ash is frayed and firm and the burn is beautiful. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? No. Again the size is way too much for me and I didn’t like it as much as the natural
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10