It’s been a couple weeks, have you missed me? It killed me to leave my review slot vacant last week, but there just something about living out of a suitcase in a guest bedroom while your floorboards are torn up that make it hard to review a cigar. (Or even smoke one, for that matter.) Hopefully this review of the La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro will make up for my absence.
The Colorado Oscuro was introduced earlier this year at the IPCPR trade show as a limited production cigar, that is slated to be released twice a year. As of the time of this writing, the initial shipment of these cigars has already made its way to the brick and mortars around the country, and are already becoming hard to find. When you do see them in the wild, you’ll find the cigars in 50 count cabinets in any of the four sizes: No. 2 (4 1/4 x 48), No. 3 (5 x 50), No. 4 (5 1/4 x 54) or No. 5 (5 3/4 x 60).
But what’s really interesting about the Colorado Oscuro is the wrapper. It’s ligero from Ecuador. that’s something you just gotta try if you enjoy ligero. And I do.
Size: 5 1/4 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Ligero Sumatra
Binder: Dominican Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Smoking Time: 1 1/2 hours
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Price: MSRP $7.50
In a word, the La Flor Dominicana Oscuro Colorado is gorgeous. I love the dark, oily wrapper, its rustic look, the tooth and the long fine veins that trace it. I also really like the way the dark, subtlety brown band makes the cigar look luxurious without being ostentatious. It also has a great feel in the hand, firm but with a pleasant amount of give. It’s hard to decide if I want to smoke it, or take a bite out of it.
The wrapper’s funky compost aroma quickly dissuaded me from turning this into a chewing tobacco review. The cold draw hinted that I was in for smooth sailing, and offered a deep sweetness and a little spice.
Things weren’t quite as perfect in the burn department, but When you consider the cigar’s wrapped in ligero, its performance was still pretty impressive. Generally speaking the sticks burned evenly and produced reasonably-sized solid ashes, but each also required the occasional touch up, and a relight or two. On the bright side, the all-important draw was perfect every time.
The initial puffs of the Colorado Oscuro were rich and syrupy, with grass, leather and an orange-like acidity handling the introductions. There weren’t much in the way of major flavor transitions between the thirds, so I’ll dispense with that formality. What the cigar didn’t have in major flavor developments it made up for with subtle and balanced flavors. Syrupy grass, orange acidity, sweet and smokey paprika, cinnamon, white pepper and cedar worked together gracefully for the duration of the smoke, with enough minor variations to keep you interested.
No issues with the price.
I’m not sure if I did a good job of hiding that I was already in the tank for the Colorado Oscuro before I even started working on this review. I’ve been smoking the heck out of them ever since the appeared in my local shop. Though they may have minor burn flaws, they draw perfectly and are simply delicious. And at the moment, I can’t bring myself to smoke anything else La Flor Dominicana makes while they are an option. The 50-count box makes it a little tough to technically call it box-worthy, but I have no doubt I’ll burn it through at least a normally-sized box worth before this batch is gone, a five pack at a time. I’d say that qualifies. This is one cigar that shouldn’t be missed.
Liked It: Yes, box-worthy
Buy It Again: Yes
Recommend It: Yes
It’s peanutbutter jelly time, indeed. To make up for leaving you hanging last week, I’m giving away some La Flor Dominicana gear from Brian’s Secret Stash o’ Swag. To win a LFD suede hat and an ashtray (both unused, of course), all you have to do is leave a comment below. Tell me what you did last week instead of gazing longingly on The Tower of Burn. A random number generator and I will rock-paper-scissors to see who wins. (So it will probably be random, but it also might not be.) Get your comments in by next Tuesday, because the winner will be selected on Wednesday, October
19th 27th. Be sure to use a valid email address so I can get your mailing address.
And the winner is… Joe T.!
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