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La Flor Dominicana Factory Press Limitado Cigar Review
By J. Wood
1/16/2014 4:15:00 PM  

La Flor Dominicana Factory Press Limitado Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Dominican Republic

Size: 6 ¼ x 60



La Flor Dominicana’s Factory Presses have been some of the most well-regarded cigars for quite some time. The Factory Press idea came to Litto Gomez as a way to show his customers how the factory pressing process worked. He ended up releases large boxes that were filled with box pressing trays to give his customers a closer look at how the sharp pressing on the cigars is achieved.


The first Factory Press was released in 2005, with subsequent releases almost each year. At the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, La Flor Dominicana showcased the release for 2013-2014, the Factory Press Limitado. This cigar is quite large, measuring in at 6 ¼ x 60.




While many, if not most, of the Factory Press releases were shipped in cases that contained individual pressing trays, this release is being sold in 12-count boxes, that are more like the individual trays.


This particular Factory Press is being characterized by LFD as the second release of the Factory Press Limitado, and does not have an accompanying Roman Numeral, like the other Factory Presses. The cigar’s band carries a simple F.P.L. to designate which cigar this is.


For this release, Litto Gomez sought out the darkest Ecuadorian Sumatran wrappers he could find. This specially aged wrapper is combined with Nicaraguan binders and Dominican long fillers.

Atlantic Cigar still has a decent amount of inventory on the LFD Factory Press Limitado. If you are interested, you can check it out here. This is a limited release, so once the cigars are sold, that's it.



Appearance:


The Factory Press Limitado carries a smooth wrapper that has a mottled dark brown color. The veins are hardly visible. For a cigar that is a “gordo” size, it feels very manageable due to the box-pressing. The cap is well applied. Overall, this is a very attractive looking cigar.


Tasting:


Before lighting the cigar, there are smells of mild and sweet tobacco accompanied by fruit rind and hard candy. The cold draw has flavors of hard candy, raisins and cedar.



1st Third:


There was a mild pepper spice at light, joined by flavors of cedar and an initial sweetness. The draw offered slight resistance, which produced good amounts of smoke. The cigar started medium-bodied. Flavors of apple peel lingered on the palate and was later joined by some woodiness, which developed into molasses and hickory.




2nd Third:


The smoke on the Factory Press Limitado is remarkably cool. The cigar stayed steady throughout the middle, with the hickory and molasses sticking around. Some citrus notes develop in the background. The hickory presented occasionally more as a cedar note. the smoke is remarkably cool, stiff ash, hickory and molasses stick around. The cigar remained medium-bodied. The ash was nice and stiff, hanging on for over an inch.


Final Third:


The spice returned in some measure at the end of the cigar, but instead of a peppery spice, it presented more along the lines of nutmeg and cinnamon. The sweetness hung around and was accompanied by licorice, sweet hicko
ry, molasses and some saltiness. The cigar stayed medium-bodied until the end, though the nicotine content was a bit sneaky.




Overall:


The La Flor Dominicana Factory Press Limitado was much sweeter and more medium-bodied than I expected considering a lot of other LFD releases. The sweetness was balanced nicely with some interesting fruit, wood and mild spice, so that it never became overwhelming. The box-pressing goes a long way to making the sheer size of the cigar much more manageable. The Factory Press releases have always been a favorite of mine and this cigar fits into that trend nicely.


Estimated smoking time: 1 and ½ to 2 hours


Atlantic Cigar still has a decent amount of inventory on the LFD Factory Press Limitado. If you are interested, you can check it out here. This is a limited release, so once the cigars are sold, that's it.

Currently rated 3.7 by 3 people

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Estella by Espinosa Cigar Review
By J. Wood
1/14/2014 2:29:00 PM  

Estella by Espinosa Cigar Review

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto Extra, 5 ½ x 52

Factory: La Zona, Esteli, Nicaragua




Erik Espinosa began working in the cigar industry in 1997. During the early 2000s, he teamed up with Eddie Ortega to create EO Brands, which produced Murcielago, 601, and Cubao cigars. In 2012, he went out on his own and opened up his La Zona factory, where he continues to make outstanding cigars using some of the best premium aged tobaccos, such as La Zona, La Jugada, and 601.


In 2013, the guys at Atlantic Cigar began working with Espinosa to develop a small-batch cigar that adhered to the quality and blending style that has made Espinosa such a star in the industry. The final result, which has now been released in early 2014, is Estella by Espinosa, a medium to full-bodied Nicaraguan puro.





The Estella by Espinosa is made at the La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Estella is produced in small batches twice a year. It has been released in 3 sizes: a Robusto Extra, a Grand Toro and a Grand Corona. The cigar are available in 10-count boxes or 25-count bundles.


I tried the Robusto Extra for this review.

If you are interested in trying the Estella by Espinosa, you can check it out here.




Appearance:


The Estella by Espinosa has a slightly oily wrapper that has a medium brown color. The texture is consistent and silky with a slight grain and minimal veins. The cigar is finished with a triple seam cap and feels well-packed with only a slight give when squeezed. The Robusto Extra size is good for those looking for a slightly larger robusto, but still want to enjoy a thicker and shorter smoke.


Tasting:


The unlit cigar offers aromas of barnyard, leather and dried fruit. Once cut, the cigar’s cold draw has mild sweet tobacco flavors with caramel, raisins and cedar.





1st Third:


There was very little spice on the light, with woody flavors upfront. The spice built and provided flavors of cinnamon and pepper. There was a hickory aftertaste with layers of sweetness. The draw was easy and provided good amounts of smoke. The strength began around medium-bodied.


2nd Third:


The middle of the cigar developed a toasty characteristic with roasted nuts and caramel. The hickory stuck around and was one of the predominant notes. A raisin and dried fruit sweetness lingered on the palate. The strength of the cigar remained around medium-bodied, perhaps moving slightly towards full-bodied.