We met up with a very optimistic Antonio Gomez in the La Flor Dominicana booth at IPCPR 2017. He was quick to note how much more upbeat the atmosphere of the trade show was this year as compared to last. Of course, by the time we talked to him, they were on their second day of heavy traffic. (It helps to have recently produced a cigar as well received as the Andalusian Bull.)
The main attraction in the La Flor Dominicana booth was the new La Volcada. The cigar is a continuation of one-size-only release strategy (7 x 48), which we’ve seen previously in the La Nox (released 2015) and the Andalusian Bull (released 2016). The La Volcada was inspired by the tango. Litto Gomez grew up in Uruguay, and that dance is one of the country’s most important cultural exports. Antonio says that the tango’s “dark elegance” was the target of the cigar. The cigar features a San Andres Maduro wrapper, Ecuadorian Corojo binder, and Dominican filler. He tells us we can expect both darker flavors and the spiciness that La Flor Dominican is known for in this blend. The current plans are for the cigars to be out by the end of September, and they will retail for $12, plus applicable taxes.