La Flor Dominicana

La Flor Dominicana Airbender Villano Lancero

My previous employer was, for some time that I worked there, the distributor of La Flor Dominicana and through my work I had the pleasure to meet Litto both in my home country of The Netherlands, in Germany during the Intertabac trade shows and in the United States where Litto went out of his way a few times and cut into his secret family time to meet me for a lunch. That’s where I also met his sons, Litto jr and Antonio, who’s now heavily involved in the business as a blender of the Capitulo, Chapter and La Nox lines
While I was employed with that company La Flor Dominicana released the ‘airbender’ series, some say its named after Litto’s favorite Avatar  cartoon character but according to Litto the name comes from the fact that we bent the air when we smoke.


We carried 3 sizes and once they released the lancero the begging started. Me begging my employer that is. I love lanceros while my previous employer hates them as they are hard to sell. Eventually he caved, ordered 40 boxes, which I all sold. Well, I sold 38 to accounts and bought 2 myself. The cigar is made of Dominican filler and binder, all from the La Flor Dominicana farms wrapped in an Ecuadorean Habano wrapper.


The wrapper is nice and dark, shiny with a leathery look. The construction feels good and the cigar is well made with a nice pigtail to top. There is a mild aroma that smells a bit like an open field early in the morning, right around sunrise when the dew is still lingering. The ring has a black oval in the centre with the curly LFD letters in gold surrounded by golden leaves on a medium brown background. On the bottom is says La Flor Dominicana in white and air bender in golden letters right above an Egyptian looking golden decoration. Next to the LFD logo, on both sides, there are two ninja swords in white and a small golden tobacco leaf. The ring is well printed on good quality paper.


Due to the small ring gauge and the pig tail I have no choice but to cut the cigar and I used my Xikar to do so. The cold draw is perfect and peppery. My trusted Ronson was used to light the cigar. I instantly taste espresso with a little chocolate aftertaste. After a centimeter I taste vanilla, cocoa, pepper and a little lemon. After a third it’s mainly pepper with just a little bit vanilla and some leather with a lemonade aftertaste. Halfway I also taste a little bit of sweetness but the pepper is still very dominant with leather as the main support. The pepper remains dominant but the leather disappears, just like the sweetness. Only the nice citrus flavor remains in the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste a little spice too, cumin to be more precise. Slowly I also taste some wood.


The smoke is thick and full but the ash is quite dark and a bit flaky yet still firm. The draw is perfect. The cigar is full bodied, full flavored and quite well balanced. The burn is sharp. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? It’s no longer available on the dutch market but I still have a box left.

Score: 92

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La Flor Dominicana La Nox

Now here I will talk about my previous employer and job again as mentioned in so many of my recent reviews and that’s because I met a lot of great industry people and learned a lot in my 5 years at The Longfiller Company. One of the people I met are the ultimate gentleman Litto Gomez and his son Tony. First time I met Litto was when he came to The Netherlands when The Longfiller Company was distributing La Flor Dominicana and on my yearly vacation to Florida I always went for lunch with Litto, who made time in his weekends just for me & my friends even though his weekends are sacred family time, something I am grateful for. On one of those lunches he brought his sons Litto Jr and Anthony. Tony just started working for his father at the factory in the Dominican and wasn’t involved in the blending process when we met. We had a great lunch at the rooftop of a nice restaurant somewhere in Miami, it was a memorable lunch.


Now for some reason the La Flor Dominicana sales came to a stop, it was like hitting a brick wall and both me and my boss didn’t have a clue why. The quality of the cigars was good as always, the price didn’t change so why the sales came to a stop was a huge mystery and my employer decided not to order anymore, the last new release of La Flor Dominicana we ordered was the Chapter one. The whole sales stop killed the professional relationship, that was so good before that Litto even made a limited Meaner Digger for The Netherlands. Now on a personal level, the relationship stayed intact and I always have a great time with Tony and Litto at Intertabac. As a cigar geek I was bummed that I didn’t get to try all the new releases, and that’s why my former employer is a better professional as me because the geek in me would have ordered anyway and would end up with a warehouse full of cigars just so I could try them myself. Now truth be said, the last few months I worked for The Longfiller Company I did sell all our remaining La Flor Dominicana stock and the demand was definitely up from the consumer and therefore also from the shopowners. Time for La Flor Dominicana to get back on the Dutch market.


Since I read about the La Flor Dominicana La Nox, and seeing the mouthwatering pictures of this stunning cigar, I wanted to try it and at the Cigar Journal Cigar Trophy event at Intertabac, where the cigar won the award for best Dominican cigar of 2016, I had the chance to grab one. Instead of smoking it on the spot I restrained myself and kept it to review it. Today is the day of the review. The cigar looks amazing, the super dark and oily Brazilian wrapper is flawless and the double ring, black with light blue “La Nox” lettering on the bottom ring and the white moon and LFD lettering on the light blue clouds on the top ring are a perfect match to that dark and oily wrapper. The combination is just a 10 out of 10, if I only judged the cigars on their appearance this would be the cigar of the year for many years to come. The rest of the blend consists of a Mexican San Andres wrapper and Dominican filler from their own fields. The construction feels good, no complaints here either. The cigar has a salty aroma to it with some wood, not too strong and not the barnyard aroma that I smell so often in cigars.


I punched the thick wrapper and tested the cold draw, which gave me quite some resistance and a peppery oatmeal with a mild minty freshness. I lit the cigar with a soft flame. I taste a medium strong coffee flavor with sweetness you can expect from Brazilian tobacco and some oatmeal. After a few puffs I also taste some herbs and spices. After a centimeter I also taste a mild chocolate for just a second with herbs and some pepper. I also taste a little sweetness from the Brazilian wrapper. The flavors are thick, meaty and sticky just like I expected just from the looks.

After little more than an inch I taste the sweetness with oak and some citrus and some spicy herbs. Every now and then I also taste some cocoa. The backdrop of the flavors are earthy. After a third I get a flavor that reminds me of slightly salted peanuts with some citrus. The sweetness is gone, I still taste some pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper grows stronger. The cocoa shows up every now and then, just for a puff or two. After two thirds I also taste a mild nutty flavor on that still earthy undertone with some citrus. After two thirds the nutty flavor grows in strength.


The smoke starts out thin but plenty in volume but after a few puffs the smoke gets to a medium plus thickness. The draw is a little on the tough side, probably would be better if i had cut the cigar from the start as it improved greatly after I cut it with my Xikar xi2 cutter. The ash is white and firm. This cigar is full bodied, full of nicotine and full flavored. The burn is good, but I needed to touch up once to correct a little. The body to flavor ratio is great and there is plenty of evolution. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? If they become available on the Dutch market I’m definitely picking up a few and I want an empty box just as a piece of art for my man cave.

Score: 92

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La Flor Dominicana Ligero Maduro Robusto

This La Flor Dominicana ligero Maduro robusto cigar comes from the robusto sampler and my plan is to review four out of the five cigars, the La Flor Dominicana Suave I gave away because of my passionate disliking of Connecticut shade cigars. The La Flor Dominicana ligero robusto I’m smoking has a Maduro wrapper as you might have guessed.
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The cigar is a little small for a robusto, about 4¾x48 just like the ligero robusto, the other 3 cigars are a bit bigger. The wrapper is dark and oily. The construction feels good, a few thin veins give the cigar character. The cigar has a woody aroma. The cold draw is great and leaves a peppery flavor on my lips.
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I’m tasting dark chocolate, pepper and wood in the first few puffs. The flavors change to a mute pepper with some coffee and a hint of sweetness.
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After a third it’s wood with some sweetness and muted pepper. Halfway the cigar turns bitter and the pepper is back in full force. The bitterness is getting less, but remains on the aftertaste.
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The draw is great. The smoke is quite thick and beautiful white, just like the firm ash. The cigar is full bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is about 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Even though it scores higher than the regular ligero, I rather buy the regular ligero because it’s more consistent.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 8
Smoke & Ash:8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 6

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La Flor Dominicana Ligero Robusto

This La Flor Dominicana Ligero robusto cigar comes from the robusto sampler and my plan is to review four out of the five cigars, the La Flor Dominicana Suave I gave away because of my passionate disliking of Connecticut shade cigars. The La Flor Dominicana I’m smoking has a Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador.
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The cigar is a little small for a robusto, about 4¾x48 and looks a bit curved. I see a few thin veins. Now I love Litto and most of the cigars he makes but never liked the bands so I wouldn’t pick this cigar in a humidor if I didn’t know the cigar. The color is beautiful and deep brown. The aroma is mild and dark. Like I said, the cigar is a bit crooked so the construction isn’t 100%. The cold draw, that has a raisin and pepper flavor, is top notch though.
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I taste some bitter herbal flavors. A nice bitterness though. After half an inch it changes to wood with just a hint of pepper.
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Halfway the wood is strong, the white pepper is a solid base for the wood flavor to shine.
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The smoke is medium to thick and light gray to white. The draw is great just like the burn. The ash is firm. Medium full in strength and in flavor.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, pleasant cigar, nothing spectacular but still nice enough to smoke again. Even though it’s a small robusto it lasted me for an hour and 45 minutes due to the slow burn and my slow smoking.

Appearance: 7
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 9
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 8

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La Flor Dominicana double ligero digger maduro

The double ligero blend by La Flor Dominicana is well known for its strength that comes from the Dominican filler and binder, combined with an Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper. Now La Flor Dominicana ups the challenge of smoking the double ligero by adding The Digger to the portfolio. The first time I saw this 8½x60 cigar I thought “every officer of the law should have this, it’s a billy club”.
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The wrapper has the color of dark chocolate, some big veins and it is very oily, which probably makes it a cigar that ages well. This cigar looks rough and tough. I smell some wood and the construction feels great. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco and something hearty, something carrot like.
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I taste a dark, bitter and spicy earth flavor with a mild sweetness and chocolate. After an inch I taste herbs with a mild citrus and wood. Halfway I taste wood, herbs and a little bit of sal ammoniac. Soon after I also taste citrus again and something I can only describe as carrot.
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After two thirds I taste nutmeg, pepper and herbs. Soon after the earthy flavor returns, but without the bitterness. I also taste pepper, some herbs and a nut flavor. The nuts fade away and I keep tasting that earthy flavor with herbs and lots of pepper in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me almost four hours. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke from the cigar. The pepper and salt colored ash is compact and firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I did have to correct the burn a few times.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I wouldn’t. I loved the flavors, but 4 hours? That’s not relaxing and smoking a cigar, that comes close to work.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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La Flor Dominicana diadema maduro

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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La Flor Dominicana diadema naturel

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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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

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La Flor Dominicana airbender maduro

The La Flor Dominicana airbender, named after the comic that Litto Gomez loves so much, was an instant hit as soon as it was released and now La Flor Dominicana released the La Flor Dominicana Airbender maduro. The blend is the same as the Airbender blend but now with a Brazilian maduro wrapper instead of the habano wrapper that is used for the normal Airbender line. The cigar only comes in one size, a 6½x54 toro. The cigar is also picked to be the cigar that comes with the Casa de Tobacco that La Flor Dominicana released at the IPCPR.
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The wrapper is nice and dark, although a bit light for maduro, with some veins and spots. I like the band, which is clearly a La Flor Dominicana band but with a different color. The construction feels good although the cigar looks a bit crooked. I smell a mild sweet wood aroma. The predraw is a bit easy and I taste a mild musty tobacco flavor.
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I taste a bitter earthy flavor with coffee and after a few puffs I also taste spicy wood and soon some sweetness too. After half an inch I taste sweet herbs and wood. After an inch the sweetness disappears and I taste herbs and wood. After a third I taste wood, herbs and a little bit of cacao. Slowly I start to taste more chocolate.
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Somewhere between halfway and two thirds I taste nuts, herbs and wood. The aftertaste is peppery and the feeling in my mouth is quite dry. Soon after I taste hay with wood, herbs and a mild acidic flavor.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and fifteen minutes. The draw was a bit loose but I got a lot of smoke. The light colored ash is compact and firm and the burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, loved it, but I would have been better if it was an inch shorter.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro no.5

Yesterday I reviewed the La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro No.2, a new cigar by Litto Gomez, made from Dominican and Nicaraguan filler, a Dominican Sumatra binder and a Ligero Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador. Today I decided to smoke and review the No.5 from the same line. While the No.2 is the smallest and thinnest cigar from the series, the No.5 is the longest and thickest with a length of 5¾ and a ringgauge of 60.
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The cigar looks good with a thick and robust looking, raw and oily wrapper which has a few veins. The band is simple. The construction feels firm and I can hardly smell anything from the cigar. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco and much to my surprise some vanilla.
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I taste a bit acidic earthy flavors with some wood and soon a bitter spice on my tongue. After half an inch I taste wood with earth, quite spicy and with a lemon like acidity. An inch later I taste wood with a mild sweetness, herbs and some lemon
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Halfway I taste some bitter herbs and a bit of wood. I also taste a mild sour flavor and a mild sweetness. After two thirds I taste more sweetness with herbs. The bitterness is gone. There is some citrus in the aftertaste.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and ten minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. The smoke is a bit thin. The light colored ash is compact and firm. This cigar is medium bodied, medium flavored and a bit boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No I wouldn’t. The 60 ring is not my thing.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Coronado by La Flor toro

Coronado by La Flor is a cigar made by La Flor Dominicana and uses Dominican Sumatra and Piloto as filler and a Dominican corojo as a binder. These tobaccos are all farmed at the La Canela farm, owned by La Flor Dominicana owner Litto Gomez. The wrapper is a sun grown Nicaraguan habano. The toro measures 6×52 and is available on the Dutch market.
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The chocolate brown wrapper is mild oily and a few veins. The construction has a soft spot behind the band. The predraw is fine though, and first I taste raisin and then lots of pepper. The cigar has a nice band and a peppery barnyard smell.
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I taste coffee with is a bit sour and pepper. After a few puffs I also taste a bit of sweetness. After half an inch I taste citrus, some sweetness and herbs. After an inch and a half the cigar gets a little spicy with more herbs, that sour citrus flavour, some sweetness and a hint of chocolate. The cigar spreads a mild chocolate smell too.
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Halfway I still taste quite some citrus with herbs, some dry wood and some cinnamon. After two thirds I taste toast, herbs, citrus and some chocolate. The toast and herbs are the main flavour with some sugar as support.
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This cigar lasted me a whopping three hours. The draw is great. The smoke is average in volume and thickness. The ash is dark silver coloured and firm. The cigar is quite hard to keep lit and the burn is a bit crooked. This cigar is full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked this cigar

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7/ 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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