Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

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Cigar Details: La Flor Dominicana Solis

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Flor
  • Blender: Litto Gomez Jr.
  • Price: $13.20
  • Release Date: December 2022
  • Source: Developing Palates via Corona Cigar Co.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the La Flor Dominicana Solis is light brown and has some darker lines mixed in. There are some thick, raised veins present, the seams are smooth and the head has a top cap with significantly raised edges. There are two bands, both carrying a similar color combination. The primary carries the company initials while the secondary denotes the line name. The aroma from the wrapper is wood and light hay, while the foot brings cedar and light earth. The pre-light draw brings cedar and prune sweetness.
Seth: Finished with a lovely Colorado wrapper, the La Flor Dominicana Solis has a nice dry reddish clay coloring. Beautiful cap applied to the cigar with medium sized veins throughout. Firm in hand, the cigar is smooth in texture. Aromas of earth, spices and leather. Tight cold draw.
John: The La Flor Dominicana Solis I reviewed did not have cellophane and did not have a UPC sticker. The cigar did have two bands, with a primary ‘LFD’ band, along with a ‘SOLIS’ secondary band. Smelling the wrapper, I could pick up aromas of hay and fresh wood. From the foot, faint hay and more wood. The overall aromatic profile is quite subtle.
Jiunn: The La Flor Dominicana Solis has a near Colorado red especially in natural light. Veins are fairly well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll firm and the head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of sharp cedar and barnyard. Aromas from the foot provide sweet roasted nuts and a blast of red pepper spice. Cold draws reveal cedar, hay and celery seeds.

Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and some bold black pepper. At a quarter inch in, a light creaminess joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper begins to mellow. The retrohale is toasted cedar, zingy black pepper and light sweetness. At an inch and a half in, a light earthiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is a bit ahead of the black pepper, with light creaminess and earth in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The cigar starts out with leather and cedar notes. There are some pepper spices present, and it has some dried fruit qualities on the finish. Sunflower butter quality present as well. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: My first few puffs delivered flavors of tobacco and sweet wood. Some cream, coffee, tobacco and wood provide a rich medley through the retrohale, with some mild spices and wood teaming up through the post draw. A light-plus sugar sweetness shows up at the front of the retrohale as it progresses. A musty tobacco, at medium strength, moves into the center of the profile as it continues. Tannic wood starts to finish the draw as the cigar moves to the halfway point. Some spices on the retrohale have moved up to medium strength.
Jiunn: First third shows mainly a two flavor combination. Red pepper spice and spicy cedar are intertwined. The cedar at times tastes torched, emitting some bitterness. There’s also a lingering leather. Retrohaling deepens the red pepper spice and cedar. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth picks up a little. At a half inch in, the black pepper has mellowed a bit more. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, lightly zingy black pepper and light earth. At an inch and a half in, the earth is now even with the black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted cedar up front, with black pepper and earth in the middle with light creaminess in the background. The strength remains at medium.
Seth: The second third continues to deliver those dried fruit notes that are paired with pepper spices. Creamy quality present as well with some coffee, leather and wood. Sunflower butter qualities present as well on the finish. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Tobacco and a mild, dry wood combine to lead off the second third. A light-plus spice comes into the retrohale as the cigar continues. By the halfway point, the flavor profile is largely defined by wood.
Jiunn: The second third melds the red pepper spice with spicy cedar a tad more. The cedar tastes less spicy and the burnt aspects seem to have diminished. However, it’s still not a great tasting profile. Strength is still medium-full and body still medium.

Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper is now fairly light. At three quarters of an inch in, the creaminess has picked up a bit. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and light creaminess. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar is up front, earth in the middle with black pepper and creaminess in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third delivers those fruit qualities with this creamy sunflower butter flavor. Leather, coffee, dry earth and wood present as well on the finish. Peppery spices. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: The last third starts out with sweet wood and a dry wood to finish the puff. Sweet tobacco and a mild spice show up in the center of the profile as it settles in. I found the profile to be largely tannic wood as it continued in the last third.
Jiunn: The final third is the same as the second third. Red pepper spice, cedar and leather. Strength and body is unchanged at medium-full and medium, respectively.

Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any intervention. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Really great burn line that was totally unexpected. Pleasant surprise.
John: The burn was straight through the review and required no intervention.
Jiunn: There was one issue with the burn, that is the wrapper did not burn in line with the other leaves. This was unfortunate as the wrapper leaf played an integral part to the entire flavor profile.

Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: A little snug. Too snug.
John: The draw was a mild amount into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches.
Jiunn: The draw was slightly snug. Not a major deal but a notable one.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and some bold black pepper. Some light creaminess joined in fairly quickly while some earth joined a bit later. The second third saw the earth increase. The final third saw the pepper become pretty light. The La Flor Dominicana Solis had a nice start, but as the earth began increasing in the second third, it dropped down a level and maintained that the rest of the way. This was an interesting cigar to smoke. I could see it doing well, as it’s a lighter offering than a fair amount of LFD’s portfolio. I probably wouldn’t see myself coming back to it all that often, but I would smoke it again.
Seth: The La Flor Dominicana Solis smoked like a Cuban Churchill offering that had good flavors but was hurt by a poor draw. I’m not sure what the issue was, because I had it on multiple samples, but it really hurt the cigar. There were concentrated flavors of fruit, spices, leather and sunflower butter that could have really opened up if the draw was better. The cigar had nice strength and body, and it showed those La Canela tobacco qualities. If you’re comparing it to La Nox, La Nox wins.
John: The La Flor Dominicana Solis started out with an interesting flavor combination through the retrohale, and an overall more subdued strength and body level than I was anticipating. By the second third, the profile had become more linear, with wood defining the majority of the flavors through the rest of the review. The burn was amazing, and the draw was very good. If the Solis had more of the flavors delivered in the first third I’d be inclined to return to this, but as it is, there wasn’t enough going on to motivate me to want to return to it. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 39 minutes.
Jiunn: Granted I haven’t smoked an LFD in quite some time, but this is just about what I remember of most LFD’s. That is, a cigar heavy on cedar wood and spice. Nothing wrong with these flavors by any means but it needs more to break away from the dominance in wood and spice. As such, this La Flor Dominicana Solis is a pass for me.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$2.20

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.12

Cost/Point

$2.16

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$2.22

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$2.44

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Solis

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