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Cigar Review | La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary. This cigar was made to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary in business. It features an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper atop all Dominican tobaccos. The cigar retails for $18 and comes in one size – a 7 x 52 Churchill.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Pre-Light

The wrapper produces a rich perfume and grass aroma while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. On the cold draw, the draw is snug with dried fruit flavor. Once lit, the draw gives me distinct leather and salt notes. Through the nose, I pick up cedar. The finish is spicier with black pepper and leather.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

First Third

The first third comes to a close at forty minutes. On the draw, I pick up toast with molasses. Through the nose, black pepper blends with a saltiness. The finish offers rich dried fruit notes alongside leather. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Second Third

One hours and fifteen minutes in, the second third wraps up. My tongue find a lot of oak with black pepper and more molasses. On the retro-hale, black pepper now mixes with cinnamon. More leather and dried fruit continue to take over the finish. There is no change to strength or body.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Final Third

The final third ends at two hours. Molasses lightens up with rich coffee and oak coming up front. Through the nose, a smooth, sweet bread and light caramel delight my sinuses. On the finish, I pick up black pepper, leather, and mossy earth. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Conclusion

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary is an excellent cigar. It has a solid amount of complexity, and the flavors worked exceptionally well together. There were subtle notes of the “Dominican twang” I typically dislike, but they played nice, and the experience was wonderful. Draw was a bit snug here and there, but construction was solid overall causing no problems. This is one of the best Dominican cigars I’ve had in a long time, and I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Quesada Heisenberg

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Quesada Heisenberg. For this review, I smoke the Robusto, a 5×48 cigar. No blend information is available. Quesada’s intent with this cigar was to create a smoke that people go into with no pre-conceived notions or over-analysis. Just like those complex math equations, don’t think too hard!

Quesada Heisenberg

The wrapper itself puts off the distinct aroma of pig shit – yes, I’m being serious. Out of the foot, I smell some wet grass. There is almost no flavor on the cold draw. Once lit, there is sweet, rich earth, black pepper spice, and cinnamon on the draw. Through the nose, I pick up light cedar. Spicy tobacco and a little cocoa make up the finish.

After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up a heavy tobacco core alongside some toast. Through the nose, coffee and black pepper make an appearance. The finish offers some nice dried fruit with cashew and a hint of honey. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Quesada Heisenberg

The second third gets me to fifty minutes. I find more toast on the draw with the addition of leather. The retro-hale is one dimensional with only a grass note. The finish loses all sweetness while cinnamon and oats come into play. There is no change to strength or body.

Quesada Heisenberg

The cigar comes to a close at one hour and fifteen minutes. The final third is very simple. On the draw, there is more leather with some earth. Spicy black pepper and coffee come through the nose. Dried fruit returns on the finish, a welcome change, and I also pick up some more oat flavor. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.

Quesada Heisenberg

The Quesada Heisenberg is a good cigar. It’s not great. It’s not super complex, but it offers some enjoyable flavors and an experience that doesn’t require all that much attention. Retail price is a little under $7 per stick, but they can be found for less online. It’s a decent smoke that would be great as an everyday, no frills cigar or a handout to friends who occasionally indulge. I recommend giving it a try.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro

The Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro cigar is a limited production of 1,000 boxes of 16 for 2015. As of now only a Double Toro size has been produced and is sold exclusively at (TAA) retailers. Presented by Altadis U.S.A it joins a long list of cigars in their arsenal.

Size: 6 x 56
Vitola: Double Toro
Wrapper: Jalapa Corojo – Nicaragua
Binder: Jalapa – Nicaragua
Filler: Estelí, Jalapa and Condega – Nicaragua
Price: $9.50 (price paid $7.60)

The Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro cigar is made in Honduras in the La Flor de Copan factory which is located in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras and uses tobacco from Nicaragua.

The Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro features a cedar sleeve.
Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro

Tobacconists’ Association of America, Ltd. (TAA) is made up of a select group of tobacconists that adhere to rigid guidelines so the presentation of this cigar is top notch.

Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro by Altadis USA paired with Tank No 7 Farmhouse Ale
Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro

This is a nice looking cigar, feels substantial in the hand, invisible seams with visible veins and noticeable diamond dust over the entire cigar roma. The aroma is a mellow sweet tobacco. The cold draw is firm with flavors of sweet tobacco and dried fruit.

The Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro foot band
Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro

The cigar is constructed well and has a smooth profile. Sweet tobacco, baking spice and dried fruit are the predominant flavors. The cigar is a mild-medium body and the retrohale is very smooth with the dried fruit and tobacco mentioned above combining with small amounts of pepper and cedar.

Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro great construction allows for a perfect cut
Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro

Finishing up the Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro

After smoking the cigar for some time, coffee sneaks into the retrohale and the cigar continues to be Well balanced within its flavor wheelhouse. There is little complexity smoking this cigar which is not a bad thing for the experience. Towards the end of the smoke, I felt some saltiness picking up in intensity. As I was doing the review, I ordered a 5-pack as a testimony to enjoying this cigar.

About the TAA

The Tobacconists’ Association of America, Ltd. is a trade organization established in 1968 by visionary retail tobacconists. By providing education, communication, research, advocacy, and member discount programs, The TAA works with our members and the industry they support to offer the tools and relationship building opportunities needed to maximize professionalism and success.