Wrapper: Dominican Pelo de Oro Ligero
Binder: Dominican Pelo de Oro Ligero
Filler: Dominican Pelo de Oro Ligero
Size: 5.5 x 42 “Cheroot”
Body: Full (Eat something)
Price: $8.69 MSRP ($7.00 from Small Batch Cigar -10% with Katman10 coupon code= $6.30)
Today we are taking a look at the last stick in the “Katman Special” Sampler: La Flor Dominicana N.A.S.
The cigar was released in November of 2013. Only 1000 cigars were released in 50 boxes of 20.
The N.A.S. has a simple meaning. During the tweaking of the blending process, Giolito called it Nasty Ass Shit.
This has to be the ugliest cigar on the market. Clearly, it was hand rolled without the use of a mold. And the roller must have been drunk on rum when he rolled them.
The wrapper is dark and mottled. Exposed seams. Lots of veins. I can barely read the name of the cigar on the funky cigar band. Who uses black lettering against a black background? There is the slightest bit of oiliness but mostly it is matte finished. The cap which looks like the Wicked Witch’s hat from OZ is open and doesn’t need to be clipped.
I find aromas of cocoa, spice, wood, and horse shit.
It is a dark and rainy morning, for a change, here in Milwaukee so I apologize upfront for the crap photos.
Time to light up.
Surprisingly, the draw is very good through that tiny hole in the cap.
The strength damn near starts out at full bodied.
The pepper makes my eyes tear up and nose run. Which way did they go, which way did they go?
It is very bitter now. I’ve been a bit frustrated by the LFD event sampler I got because I forgot that the LFD is primarily old school blending and needs serious humidor time. For a man without many cigars, this is disappointing..but my fault in not remembering that. It’s OK. I can wait.
I read in a couple reviews that they couldn’t keep the cigar lit. I am having no problem. I dry boxed the cigar for 48 hours before throwing it into a low humidified humidor. I think their problem was too much humidity still in the cigar when the reviewed it.
Now it tastes like a twig. I can taste bark. Woof.
Apparently, I agree with the other reviewers when they declare this to be a very harsh cigar. Is this a joke cigar that Litto Gomez pranked the US with?
The other reviewer actually went ahead and retrohaled the stick. I give him kudos for doing that. I don’t dare for fear of passing out.
Knowing this is such a small cigar, I have a backup review ready to go after completion of this one. But the cigar is smoking much slower than I anticipated. I’ve smoked ½” and it’s taken 10 minutes.
Oddly, I get a perfumey scent from the cigar. Followed by a floral scent in the flavor profile. I clip the cap back ¼” and it just opens the draw like dynamite.
And in that instant, the flavors totally change. A miracle, baby Jesus, thank you.
There is creaminess, sweetness, nuttiness, toast, loads of room filling smoke, absolutely no bitterness or harshness. And it is two points past full bodied. Whew! This is a strong cigar. The pepper becomes red pepper. Cocoa is now present. It’s like I’m smoking a different cigar than the other two A List reviewers wrote about.
A wonderful sweet black cherry shows itself. The cigar has hit flavor bomb status 1” into the cigar. It is incredibly delicious. What a turnaround!
I feel bad for the A List reviewers that either didn’t allow the cigar enough time, got some bad sticks, or didn’t drain the excess humidity from the cigar because they missed out on a fantastic cigar.
I cannot believe the amount of smoke coming from this tiny stick.
Rain is coming down hard now and it looks like night time outside. As black as my soul.
Litto Gomez does not disappoint with this blend. I bet the man purposely started the cigar out nasty as shit as a test to see what kind of back bone you have.
As usual, it took the Katman to get the review right.
I now get a root beer element that almost makes me laugh. With all the wonderful creaminess, it is like a root beer float.
The price point, after your Katman discount, is only $6.30 if you buy the 5 pack is a killer deal for a cigar of this quality…a high premium stick.
And if you buy my Katman Special Sampler, you will get one to try and decide for yourself. Hurry, there are only 2 left.
A huge dose of nicotine kicks in at the halfway point. My head is spinning. I should have taken my own advice and eaten something first.
This is, by far, the strongest cigar I’ve ever smoked.
I have no idea how I’m going to get through the last 2-1/2” without passing out.
Here are the flavors: Creaminess, sweetness, black cherry, cocoa, root beer, nuttiness, and toast…with a hint of leather.
I expected to finish this cigar in 15 minutes but I’m only halfway through and I’m on the 20 minute mark.
I have to sit back and watch the rain pelting the dining room window. This is like an acid trip. You know the part where the acid gets really strong and you sit there tapping your fingers telling yourself: “It is only a drug, it is only a drug; it will pass, it will pass.”
I stand up to take a photo and my legs are so wobbly, I can barely keep my balance. Woo Hoo. This is Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. LOL!
This is the hardest review I’ve ever done.
BTW- I got that cigar roach clip called the Xistix. What a waste of good money. The spring is too strong and flattens the cigar. And to nub a cigar, you have to let your lips touch the clip. At that point, all you get is a terrible metallic taste.
I think I need an IV bottle filled with Demerol.
But through it all, the flavor profile is outrageously delicious. I don’t know if I can get all the way to the end without unconsciousness becoming a factor.
Everyone should try this. Buy a bunch and hand them out to your friends and see what kind of men they are.
The cigar needs a minor touch up. Me too. Whew.
When I finish the cigar, I plan to have a big bowl of cereal to bring me back to planet Earth.
I have 1-1/2” to go and I believe I’ve proven myself. I’ve earned my Bar Mitzvah.
The black cherry is in competition with the creaminess now.
I manage to finish as much of the cigar as possible.
I feel like I’ve ridden the Tea Cup ride at Disneyland.
Make sure you eat a 10 course meal before lighting one up.
And now for something terrible:
I am saddened, like the rest of the world, by the passing of Robin Williams yesterday.
I’m old enough to remember Mork & Mindy when it came out. And I’ve loved every moment I spent with the man either on TV or in the movies.
“The Birdcage” is one of my favorite movies of all time. Often, I play it when I go to bed because of its outright joy and hilarity….and its ability to put me to sleep with a big smile on this puss. It will be a long time before I can watch it again.
Depression is a killer. Who would have thought that a man that brought so much joy into this forlorn world, would find no happiness in himself.
Rest in Peace, dear Robin. A lot of people are going to miss you.
And now for something happier:
Not a big one like Stogie Boys provided; but a small one that will be a regular twice a month as long as my stash is in stock.
I will give away 5 or 6 cigars starting on Aug. 15.
To enter, just place a comment underneath the post. You don’t have to explain yourself, you don’t have to answer the reason of life, you don’t need to do nuttin’ honey except maybe say Hi.
And on Monday, Aug. 18, I will pick a winner.
This first contest gives away the following (MSRP Pricing):
Nicarao Exclusivo Salomon ($16.00)
Room 101 San Andres 7 x 48 ($6.50)
Graycliff Casillero Privada 7 x 48 (Shaggy Foot) ($16.00)
BURN by Patel ($7.00)
Tempus Maduro Quadrum by Alec Bradley 5.5 x 52 -Box Pressed ($8.00)
CyB 5.5 x 46 ($6.00)
Total = $59.50 in cigars.
Remember the contest begins on Aug. 15 and post only there.
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