I had one of these Saturday and really liked the flavor and size. I am glad to see more companies offering the lonsdale size. I was lucky enough to win a 5pk of these! Nice review.
Review: La Flor Dominicana Mystery
Last month, La Flor Dominicana announced a new cigar called the “Mystery Cigar” that would be given out and sold exclusively at specific events in 2013. Details on the blend are being purposely kept secret, as are total production numbers and even if it will be released again in the future.
La Flor Dominicana is proud to unveil its new event program for 2013. Known unofficially as the “Mystery Event,” it centers on an unreleased cigar called the “Mystery Cigar.”
The Mystery Cigar is a 6 ½ x 44 (Lonsdale) Maduro. This cigar will only be seen at select La Flor Dominicana Retailer Events throughout the country. The makeup of the cigar will remain a secret, although you can be certain there is a bit of Dominican Ligero from our farm in La Canela.
Consumers who come to the event can get a 5-pack of the Mystery Cigars when they buy a box of La Flor Dominicana cigars at the event. Retailers will also have a limited quantity of Mystery Cigars on hand during the LFD Events for purchase.
Another exciting part of our new promotion allows LFD box buyers to have an opportunity to win a trip to our LFD factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. Where they get to go behind the scenes and see how cigars are made.
Depending on the success of our new Mystery Cigar event it will also be coming again in 2014. Of course the natural question about this event is “will this years Mystery cigar go into production?” And of course the answer is “that depends on feedback from the smokers.” We love the new cigar a lot, but we would love to get consumer feedback as we test this new blend across the nation.
The La Flor Dominicana Mystery comes in five-packs, which are usually included with box purchases at La Flor Dominicana events, and 20-count boxes, which are sold at select events. The boxes look like this:
(Photo via La Flor Dominicana)
But enough of that, lets get down to business, shall we?
Cigar Reviewed: La Flor Dominicana Mystery
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Flor S.A.
Size: 6 1/2 Inches
Ring Gauge: 44
MSRP: $7.75 (Boxes of 20, $150.00)
Date Released: February 8, 2013
Number of Cigars Released: n/a
Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
The La Flor Dominicana Mystery is a gorgeous cigar with a dark espresso, almost black, mottled wrapper that has some obvious tooth to it. There is some oil present as well as a noticeable box-press and the pigtail on top is a great touch. It is slightly spongy when squeezed, and the aroma coming off of the wrapper is strong earth, leather, espresso and oak.
The first third of the La Flor Dominicana Mystery starts out with a very strong earthy base, along with notes of leather, bitter espresso, cedar and slightly sweet licorice. There is the perfect amount of black pepper on the retrohale and even some slight spice on the lips, but the latter starts to dissipate almost immediately. Both burn and draw are excellent so far and the smoke production is way above normal. Overall strength starts off below medium, but quickly ramps up to a solid medium by the end of the first third, and is only going higher.
Coming into the second third of the Mystery—and while the base profile remains the same strong earth, leather and espresso—there are some dark chocolate flavors creeping in as well. Along with that, a nice citrus note is evident underneath the other flavors and is strongest right around the halfway point. Construction is still phenomenal, smoke production is still above average and the strength ends the second third just slightly higher than medium.
The final third of the La Flor Dominicana seemed to combine the profiles from the first and second thirds, with notes of earth, espresso, dark chocolate, cedar, licorice and a still surprisingly strong citrus flavor on the retrohale. The black pepper is still noticeable, but the spice on the lips is long gone. The draw and burn are wonderful until the end, and the overall strength finishes well short of the full mark.
- There is nothing on the cigar itself to indicate this is anything other than a normal cigar. No secondary band, no foot band and in fact, no special band at all. However, the boxes do say, “Unreleased” and “Only For Events.”
- At the event I attended, five packs were given to customers who purchased boxes of other LFD blends, but there were some boxes of 20 of the Mystery cigar that were also sold.
- Earlier this year, Quesada released the Heisenberg, which also was released with even less details than the LFD Mystery.
- I absolutely adore this vitola, and the blend works extremely well in the size. Kudos to whoever went out on a limb when they championed a vitola that is just not made much anymore.
- The burn and draw were phenomenal on all three samples that I smoked. I had absolutely zero problems with either.
- The smoke production was excellent throughout, and remained impressive until the end of the cigar.
- You may recall that Viaje does have a Mystery cigar as well and has since 2009, but in their case, the official name is actually spelled “M?stery” in a somewhat obvious play on words.
- This cigar punishes you if you smoke too fast. Keep it slow.
- The finish is excellent.
- The ash is very well formed with very few breaks, but interestingly, does not stay on for more than about three-quarters of an inch before falling.
- Unlike the vast majority of Litto’s blends, the Mystery is a medium to medium full at best. It just never tips over into the full range.
- The average smoking time for all three samples was one hour and 25 minutes.
- The cigars for this review were given to halfwheel by the generous folks at Town & Country Cigars/Michael’s Tobacco of Keller, where the LFD event Charlie and I attended was held.
The Bottom Line: I enjoy quite a few of Litto Gomez’s cigars, but I do have to admit that I find a few of his blends a bit harsh. Thankfully, this blend is anything but. Smooth profile and distinct flavors, excellent construction and one of my favorite vitolas all equal a winner. Although it is not the most complex of profiles, the flavors, strength and black pepper are all extremely well-balanced, especially considering the medium-full strength. An excellent cigar that is well worth tracking down.
Final Score: 89