Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: La Canela (Dominican Republic)
Filler: La Canela (Dominican Republic)
Brand: La Flor Dominicana
Factory: Tabacalera La Flor S.A.
CigarNoise Price Range: $11-$14
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La Flor Dominicana 1994 Beer Stein – First Thoughts
My local tobacconist recommended this cigar to me several months ago and, trusting his judgement and taste, I tried it in the lounge at the shop. I was not disappointed! If memory serves me correctly, I paid just over $8.00 for this cigar. I have smoked this cigar a half dozen times and am always very pleased with the outcome. The Beer Stein is a Toro Gordo and is 6×54.
The Mexican San Andreas Maduro wrapper has a deep, reddish brown in appearance and feels dry to the touch. The wrapper is absolutely beautiful with a couple larger veins showing but there is no real noticeable bumps or deformities in the construction. The scents from the foot of this cigar are black cherry, sweet tobacco and wet hay. After a neat clipping, the cold draw is easy and I taste black cherry and sweet tobacco flavors. The black cherry is sweet in the mouth, almost like a cherry cola. Very good!
La Flor Dominicana 1994 Beer Stein – First Third
The initial offerings after lighting the cigar are mild cedar along and a floral note which has a bit of sourness to it. The sour floral flavor is what I imagine a rose petal would taste like if you chewed on it. Also, charred meat and sweet tobacco flavors are entering the mix. I don’t really recall ever tasting that sourness before but maybe it will lead somewhere wonderful. Disappointingly, the black cherry present during the cold draw is nonexistent. That was a really interesting flavor profile and that I’m hoping returns because it was very enjoyable. The retrohale is very mild and floral as well, showing some pepper on the tongue at the finish. The pepper is quite mild – just a hint. It will be interesting to see where these flavors go once this cigar heats up a little.
With about one inch of ash on the cigar, the ash is very white and there is a nice crisp char line. I feel like the heat is really good at this juncture but I am disappointed in the smoke production. It seems lacking and I’m surprised at this, given the easy draw from the beginning. Even the small amount of smoke here is giving off an incredible aroma! The same black cherry I tasted in the cold draw is in the smoke, same as the very sweet tobacco scent. Imagine some sweet pipe tobacco being smoked in a kitchen where a fresh cherry cobbler was just removed from an oven. Yeah, it’s that good. While the aroma is fantastic, the flavors haven’t changed much. The peppery tingle on the tongue is already gone. Hopefully it returns because it was a perfect compliment to the other flavors.
At the end of the first third, I’ve been smoking for about 33 minutes and some very interesting changes have happened. Different spices have shown up to the flavor game and I can only describe it as tasting somewhat like Dr. Pepper! That must mean that black cherry flavor is back in business and I am very pleased. There are also some espresso flavors hidden in there as well but they are quite muted against the spice and cherry. Right about this point I had an epiphany and wondered if the reddish color of the wrapper and the cherry flavors have any relevance to one another. Food for thought while I continue smoking. That pepper has shown up again in the retrohale as well! Yes! It’s interesting though, it doesn’t linger on the palette at all. The smoke production is still an issue for me. It is weak and only builds if you give the cigar a few encouraging puffs. The ash is still hanging on at the end of the first third.
La Flor Dominicana 1994 Beer Stein – Second Third
Just as I begin the second third the ash falls from the end. I am very happy to have the black cherry flavors returning to every puff. It tastes amazing, The retrohale begins with some baked bread flavor, very mild and smooth, and then gives way to a good blast of pepper. I’m going to call it white pepper in this cigar. When smoke is expelled, I taste that sourness again right on the roof of my mouth. The sourness has changed a bit though. It seems to have lost it’s floral quality and moved to more of a fruity note, maybe sour apple? Seems like a strange flavor to get from a cigar but it’s definitely there and its not unenjoyable at all. The sour apple note just adds a different dimension to the dominant cherry flavor.
Right about the halfway point I end up having to relight the cigar. Not really sure why it went out as I have not been neglecting it whatsoever. At the end of the second third we have a smoke time of one hour and five minutes. Thats one hour and five minutes of very enjoyable cigar!
La Flor Dominicana 1994 Beer Stein – Last Third
I remove the band to get to the last third of this smoke. The initial draws from the cigar have mellowed dramatically and I taste more of the baked bread flavors quite a bit. However, the retrohale is now a large pepper blast with a medicinal cherry finish, like a cherry cough drop. The burn line is getting a bit uneven on one side and I touch it up very quickly. The cigar heats up again and amazingly the strength of this cigar starts to wane but yet the smoke production really picks up!
Once the smoke starts rolling heavy, the cherry and pepper flavors begin to linger and it is very pleasant. With only an inch or so of cigar left, a strong tobacco flavor moves in to shoulder out all the other flavors. The total smoke time was one hour and forty-two minutes.
Incredibly unique cherry flavor
Near perfect burn with only one touch-up
Less than ideal smoke production
Didn't hit full stride until the last third
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