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Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Football Special Edition 2017

La Flor Dominicana Football Special Edition 2017

 

 

 

Football fans in the Lone Star State will have a special cigar to puff on during Super Bowl LI. La Flor Dominicana has crafted a new version of its Special Football Edition cigar a unique figurado that dons a football-shaped cover leaf and has sent it to Texas cigar retailers in anticipation of next Sunday’s big game.

“They have been made available only to LFD retailers in the state of Texas,” said Tony Gomez, vice president of La Flor Dominicana. As in previous years, the special cigars are only sold in the Super Bowl’s host state. Gomez added that out-of-state customers might be able to get their hands on them through Texas retailers that sell cigars online. 

 

 

This year’s matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots at NRG Stadium in Houston is cause for the third release of this special cigar. Previous iterations, in different vitola sizes, were released in California for Super Bowl 50 and Arizona for Super Bowl 49. La Flor Dominicana’s Special Football Edition for 2017 wears an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper over Dominican binder and filler.

The football design on the wrapper, as well as the cap and a strip on the foot, is made from Connecticut-seed tobacco grown in Ecuador. Only 1,500 boxes of 10 have been produced, and the cigars carry a suggested retail price of $15 each. The voluptuous figurado measures 6 1/2 inches with a ring gauge of 52 at its slimmest, swelling to 60 ring at its maximum girth. The foot of the cigar is an angular cut, which Gomez says was picked from a number of uncommon shapes.

“There’s no particular reason for the angular cut, we had about five different designs that we were choosing from and this was the one we liked best,” said Gomez. – News Source Cigar Aficionado

 

 

PREVIOUS RELEASES

  • Arizona: 2015 Super Bowl XLIX NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AFC (28) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS NFC (24)
  • California: 2016 Super Bowl L DENVER BRONCOS  AFC (24) CAROLINA PANTHERS NFC (10) 
  • Texas: 2017 Super Bowl LI NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AFC V.S ATLANTA FALCONS NFC (TBD)

 

  • APPEARANCE

Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone! The wrapper of the 2017 LFD football is pigskin brown in color, oily with some notable vein, tooth and minimal seam. The shape is a little different this year and once again it showcases some amazing work coming out of Tabacalera La Flor. The angled shape of the foot is a real eye catcher that leaves plenty of area for toasting.

Like the two previous years release, in Arizona and California, the cigar sports a Connecticut shade wrapper shaped as a football complete with laces, another strip of Connecticut surrounds the angled foot as does the point of the tapered cap. The single band is signature LFD with gold accents on a black background.

Pre light aroma has distinctly sweet notes of caramel, oatmeal cookies and natural tobacco. The cold draw produced flavors of light chocolate flavors of cocoa, cedar and rich earth.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light slight bitter orange peel. Sweet flavors of light milk chocolate, mocha and coffee. Background flavors of leather, orange zest and a ginger snap spice. A signature LFD oily pepper effect producing nice blasts of nicotine.

Black pepper is at the full bodied range, producing a light spice on the lips and palate in between draws. The retro is producing medium white pepper evolving into flavors of caramel.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control sweet flavors of brown sugar, raw cinnamon char and semi sweet dark chocolate. Nuances of leather, cedar and coffee. Still getting that distinct LFD oily pepper keeping this pigskin balanced and full bodied.

A nice floral note has appeared with ginger snap and sweet milk chocolate. The retro is producing consistent white pepper evolving into flavors of caramel and light chocolate.

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final quarter the LFD football has remained full bodied and hasn’t let up one bit. Heavy leather notes combined with an underlying sweetness of dark chocolate, brown sugar char and thick sweet maple. Absolutely loving the distinct signature LFD oily pepper that’s balancing in with the sweet flavors giving the cigar a long and spicy finish.

A nutty element has appeared in the form of walnuts and almonds. Black pepper has decreased slightly allowing the sweet flavors of maple and brown sugar to take point with a leathery ginger snap aftertaste. White pepper on the retro has increased evolving into flavors of caramel and black cherries.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday Everyone

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

The construction of the LFD football was solid despite its rather unusual shape especially around the foot, upon lighting it’s almost as if one side waited for the other to catch up and burn straight, this occurred on all three examples smoked for review. I was expecting to have touch up after touch up to straighten out the burn line however, this never occurred and speaks volumes for the artisanal quality being produced at La Flor Dominicana.

The vitola had the perfect amount of resistance and produced heavy thick aromatic smoke draw after draw. The ash was grayish white in color and held past the inch point, at first light light the ash was extra thick and dense and needed a little extra force to tap off.

The strength of the LFD football was in the FULL bodied wheelhouse that produced a myriad of full bodied flavors both complex and balanced. The LFD football has become a yearly tradition I look forward to, much more than a gimmick, it’s an added bonus to Super Bowl Sunday that will is sure to become as timeless and traditional as the game itself.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Orange Peel/Orange Zest
  • Ginger Snap Spice
  • Signature LFD Oily Pepper
  • Black Pepper Full/Medium
  • Leather
  • Chocolate Dark/Milk
  • Maple
  • Walnuts/Almonds
  • Floral
  • Retro with White Pepper evolving into flavors of Caramel/Light Chocolate/Black Cherries

 


CIGARS PURCHASED FROM: SERIOUS CIGARS

CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: 3

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: 92

SIZE: 6 1/2 x 52 x 60

WRAPPER: EQUADORIAN HABANO

BINDER: DOMINICAN

FILLER: DOMINICAN

BOXES PRODUCED FOR 2017: 1,500

 

 

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