Brand-La Flor Dominicana
Paired with: Vitamin Water Power-C
I received this cigar in a trade with one of my fellow Redditors. I will admit, it is a rather strange cigar, looking more like some sort of, well, chisel! However, the wrapper had maybe one noticeable vein, and upon feeling, it is rather firm but still has a bit of give. I cut the end with my trusty v-cutter, and lit it up with matches. This LFD did put out a fair amount of smoke, but not as much as something like a Liga Privada Undercrown. Upon lighting, spicy notes immediately met my palate, and a dark wood smell and taste were coupled with the spice. There's also a strange salt note I cannot completely pin down as to what it is, but it's not bad in the least.
The burn at about an inch is a little bit wonky. I straightened it out with a match. The ash is kinda flaky, something I don't like much in a cigar, but perhaps that will change. At this point, the cigar is still very spicy, and the strength is something else: I'm a bit dizzy, and I'm sitting down! I'm having issues with the wrapper though; even though I straightened the burn out once, it still is going crazy on me. After straightening out the burn once again, a bloom of flavours hit my palate out of nowhere. A different kind of spice, cedar, and a touch of bitter chocolate were the ones I could pick out the best. The strength of the spice is also kicking my salivary glands into high gear.
There's almost a meaty flavour going on in the second third of this cigar, which is a bit odd, but I don't mind. Even as I type this, however, the spice is coming back like...I could insert a million metaphors for women here, but I won't. The burn has stopped with the constant canoeing, which I am very happy about. Weirdly enough, the cigar has actually gotten quite squishy in the middle as I approach the final third of the smoke. It began to grow hot and a touch bitter, and I let it die after that.
Final verdict: spicy, very strong, and full of flavour. A few burn issues, and a slightly bizarre shape. Nothing to be sneered at. 86/100