There are some cigar brands that cause you to pause while in your local brick and mortar shop because they have so many options. This can be a great problem to have as you get that feeling that you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. By recommendation of my favorite tobacconist, I picked up a couple of the La Flor Dominicana (LFD) Cameroon Cabinet, as he shared with me that it was this particular stick that made him love cigars. What a huge endorsement…and what pressure that puts on me to evaluate and write my thoughts!
For this eval, I choose the No. 1, a 44 x 6.5 vitola that looked rich and chocolately all the way down to the dark brown and gold LFD band. After some recon work, I learned that the blend consisted of:
Wrapper: Ligero Cameroon
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan
Giving it a good look over, the wrapper was very consistent in color, but lacked a little of the sheen that I like in my cigars. There were minimal veins and I felt no soft spots or inconsistency in the filler and construction.
Upon light, I could smell and taste hints of milk chocolate with some black pepper. I was a bit surprised at the body of the cigar, as I expected more “kick” due to the ligero that was packed inside, but I did enjoy the smoothness that I was getting. The thick smoke it produced was pleasant and the ash held on for dear life. I actually felt that if I didn’t ash it myself, it probably would have stayed on through the end. The construction score in my book continued to shoot up the longer I smoked it.
Through the second third of the LFD Cameroon Cabinet, it lost none of the body and the flavor maintained a good balance of sweetness and a little more spiciness. The toothiness in the ash (small round specs, white in color) became more evident and was much of what I’d come to expect from a Cameroon wrapper. I just find it kinda interesting when some wrappers produce this and other don’t.
As I rounded third, the cigar was actually getting better and better as it began to taste a little like a semi-sweet coffee and there were some notes of citrus. I could tell that I was enjoying it because before I even knew it, I only had about an inch or so left. That was due in part to the fact that the feel never became too hot or uncomfortable for me to hold. So I kept on going as long as it would allow.
Overall, the LFD Cameroon Cabinet received a rating of 3.9 on the CigaHr 5-point scale, scoring the highest in Construction and Consistency. I would have liked for a little more in the appearance department, but it wasn’t to a point that I couldn’t see past the outside and enjoy what was in it! The medium-to-full body help put it over the top for me, and I could see how this particular cigar overall could draw in a consumer and take them from just liking cigars to loving to smoke cigars.
Thanks to La Flor Dominicana for this experience and thank you to the squirrel family that kept running by my “tasting” area!