Today we take a look at the La Flor Dominicana Capitulo II. It was generously gifted to me by Vanessa Arosemena-Galego of LFD.
This will be my last review. No dough. So if it behooves you, help your Uncle Katman out and send me some cigars for review. I will certainly appreciate it beyond your wildest dreams. My email address can be found on the “About the Katman and How to Reach Me” on the left side of the page near the top.
From LFD web site:
“The brainchild of Antonio Gomez, this series is characterized by its ambitious pursuit of power and flavor. These cigars are packed full of our Dominican ligero tobacco and feature a Brazilian Habano and Nicaraguan Colorado wrapper respectively. The result is a rich and intense experience for only the most seasoned cigar smokers.”
The cigar is in the process of being released to stores in 10 count boxes.
This is a project that was the brain child of Litto Gomez’s son, Antonio.
This is a follow up to last year’s “Chapter One.” Capitulo II means “Chapter Two” in Spanish. A limited production cigar. The Chapter One was limited to 100, 000 cigars.
Information is all screwed up on what the wrapper is. Some say it is an Ecuadorian Habano and others say it is a Nicaraguan Colorado…others say it is a Brazilian Habano.
I am probably smoking the cigar too soon but this is the last cigar I have to review so might as well go out in a bang.
I hold the cigar in my hand and it is just mammoth. I’ve never held anything in my hand that big before.
But it is one of the most gorgeous wrappers I’ve ever seen. That mottled honey dark brown wrapper with tight seams and lots of small roadway veins is something to behold. The wrapper oozes oil. And the chisel cap is immaculate in its conception.
The chisel head allows the use of your fingers to open the cap instead of a cutter. I gently press each end and it makes a popping noise like opening a beer can. In my experience, I’ve had to cut the chisel head back a little to allow for better air flow but since this is such a big cigar, I might not have to do that.
I smell some spice, earthiness, cocoa, melon, and some herbal notes.
Time to light up.
First puffs are spicy and meaty. A sweet tobacco flavor is so appealing. And I won’t need to open the cap any more than it is right now. Plenty of air flow. A combo of cream and cocoa appear at the same time. There is a nice flavor at the back of the line: Leather.
Baking spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of cloves slam it home.
The massive foot is bigger than the advertised 58. It is 64 ring gauge. I have a caliper and a construction calculator that converts decimals to sixteenths of an inch.
Since the cigar has received little humidor time, I expect the flavors to creep up on me as the cigar burns down; which should take 3-1/2 days. Really. I expect this to be a 2-1/2 hour smoke at the minimum.
The char line is a bit wavy but I leave it alone.
In the same package from LFD, I also received the new LFC 1994 line. I reviewed the Conga and it was ready to go using my Dry Box method. I am crossing my fingers that it will work for the Capitulo II even though this is a much bigger cigar.
I get up to slip my robe off and get into something more comfortable. Yes, I type while in my skivvies. And I knock a 1” solid piece of ash off. Right on to the floor. What a schmuck!
The red pepper surges now. Sweet things are happening. Smoking this stick early is basically teasing me with flavors that will become much bolder with more humidor time.
Yet, I still expect to see the sweet spot in the last third telling tales of what is to come with patience.
The richness of the earthy tobacco is the real star. Sometimes we are so busy looking for a kitchen sink blend, we overlook the most important factor of the cigar; its tobacco.
And in this case, I actually am at a loss for words. The fine tuning of the tobacco blend is superb. It is sweet, sour, meaty, a little salty, spicy, and very, very rich in its depth of melding what must have taken a long time for Antonio Gomez to get just right to show his love for his father. Do we have another My Father Cigars looming on one of the cigar industry’s best lines?
Here are the flavors: Creaminess, earthiness, sweetness, herbal notes, cocoa, coffee, cedar, and leather. It already has a very chewy long finish.
The cigar is not supposed to be released until the end of September or beginning of October. So, in essence, this is a pre-release review.
With 1-1/2” smoked, the flavor profile soars. Like a light switch being flipped on, we have flavor bomb status.
Just like the 1994 series, this is not your daddy’s LFD blend. No waiting for months and months. I am shocked. Not yet to the second third and the cigar is pumping out wonderful, potent flavors like creaminess, honeysuckle, cocoa, cinnamon, sweet cedar, and leather. The spice has diminished enough to put it at almost the end of the list.
Man, this is a good cigar.
The flavor explosion just keeps setting off M80’s like crazy.
The price point. If you have to pay $10.70 for this cigar, it is worth every dime. I’m sure once the gold rush is over, the prices will come down a bit. But this is in every sense, a high premium blend.
Not to mention that you get your money’s worth due to the sheer size of the La Flor Dominicana Capitulo II.
The second third begins. The La Flor Dominicana Capitulo II started out at classic medium body. But now, it has made a sudden move to medium/full.
Antonio, you’ve done your daddy proud. This is like no other LFD blend I’ve smoked. Regrettably, I never reviewed the Chapter One. As a loner, I’ve not had the pleasure of being on many manufacturers’ reviewer’s lists. So therefore, I am hog tied by my own wallet.
The char line is dead nuts and has been like this for quite a while.
Smoke now pours from the foot of the cigar like a fireplace with the damper shut.
There is something fruit here. Not the melon I smelled. But rather, an orange-like element. I take a sip of water and the orange flavor washes over my palate. And it is not orange peel, but rather, a candy sweet juicy orange.
Caramel joins the fray. Holy crap. Will there be no end to the flavor profile? LOL.
I want more of these cigars. When they become available, I will beg Charlotte.
I’ve been asked about the flat iron I use in a lot of my photos. From 1992-2000, we lived in Mesa, AZ. And one day we took a road trip and ended up in Bisbee. An old mining town made famous over and over again in western movies. I bought it in an antique shop. The owner said it was probably from the early 1880’s. He even had an old Sears and Roebuck’s catalog and showed it to me. It went for around a dollar.
The creaminess and earthiness are the stars of the show. It is an incredibly smooth blend. I am smacking my lips like a dog.
I am very close to the halfway point. The strength is still at medium/full and now meted with some nicotine. I put on my crash helmet.
This cigar is for the experienced palate that is able to pick up all the nuances the cigar can offer.
Once again, there are background flavors my palate can’t discern. All adding up to a most flavorful stick.
The halfway point is upon me and I expect the cigar to burn a bit faster as I have already worked my way through the thickest part of the La Flor Dominicana Capitulo II.
I’m in heaven. I’m alone. There is a slight breeze and the temp is a comfy 70 degrees. I have music on and the house is quiet. All the better to give all my attention to this truly expansive cigar experience.
The strength begins to edge towards full bodied.
The sweet orange flavor marches upfront to accompany the creaminess and earthiness.
I can now taste some mint.
I just passed the halfway point. What a tremendous cigar.
The LFC folks were smart in packaging these sticks in 10 count boxes. Very affordable.
As I near the last third, a fudgy dark chocolate emerges. I switch from bottled water to Diet Coke as the creaminess and chocolate make the pairing a perfect NYC egg cream experience.
The flavors are bold and beautiful now.
Nothing is hidden any longer.
Here are the flavors of the La Flor Dominicana Capitulo II:
Creaminess, chocolate, earthiness, red pepper, wood, leather, orange, caramel, nuts, cinnamon, honeysuckle, and sweet cedar.
The nicotine makes a quantum leap. I secure the straps on my crash helmet.
The strength is now very full bodied.
Wow. This is definitely not a blend for newbies.
I grab an Atkins shake to put something in my belly.
I recommend that the La Flor Dominicana Capitulo II be an after dinner smoke. Your palate will be refreshed and you won’t have the feeling of being abducted by aliens.
A bit of wrapper disengages itself at the foot. That will be fixed as I smoke over it.
The last third begins.
A few months of humidor time will make this stick a monster.
If it is even possible, the flavors expand once more.
The red pepper disappears again.
The end of the La Flor Dominicana Capitulo II is a true joy. No harshness. No heat.
When I finish, I will have to walk off the nicotine. I should add that I have never smoked a single cigarette in my life so nicotine hits me hard.
If I retrohale, I will pass out and wake up in a new dimension. A parallel world.
I want to thank Vanessa Arosemena-Galego one last time for sending me the samples. What a great chick. I’m a long time musician and still talk like that.
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