La Flor Dominicana Reserva Especial (first impressions)

La Flor Dominicana Reserva Especial

Things are starting to settle down a little bit with the newborn, but I still haven’t had time to finish my next full review. Other than the CAO Last Stick Standing clips, it’s been a while since my last video, so I decided to pull something out of my desktop humidor for a quick first impressions. I wound up selecting the La Flor Dominicana Reserva Especial, from a sample pack that I won as a raffle prize at the at 5th Annual Delaware Cigar Festival. It’s apparently been around for years, but for one reason or another hadn’t been covered here yet.

La Flor Dominicana Reserva Especial by the numbers:
Vitola: robusto
Size: 5×48
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Piloto Cubano
Strength: Medium
Factory: La Flor Dominicana in Tamboril, Dominican Republic
No. smoked for review: 1 (first impressions)
Duration: 60 minutes
Source: raffle prize at 5th Annual Delaware Cigar Festival
Price: approx. $8.00
Twitter: @LFDcigars

I don’t smoke very many La Flor Dominicana cigars, so I really didn’t know what to expect from this one. So what did I think?

(Video length: 8:21)

Soundtrack: “Orbital” by Thomas Hogan (used with permission) | @ProgressNotesTH

Construction-wise, I have absolutely no complaints about this cigar. The LFD Reserva Especial burned like a winner, the ash was nice and strong (and easily cleaned from my keyboard), and I got reasonably good air flow from the deceptively snug draw. The flavors were pleasant, but just not as bold as I prefer. It was a good medium smoke, but I really wish it had a bit more “oomph” in the flavor department. Still, the Reserva Especial will likely lead me to start smoking more of what LFD has to offer. I’ve got a few of the Ligero Natural line resting in my coolidor, and although the blends are quite different, they might just have the “oomph” I’m looking for…