Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Maduro

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Cigar Details: La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Maduro

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Criollo ’99
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Flor
  • Blender: Litto Gomez
  • Price: $20.00
  • Release Date: May 2019
  • Source: La Flor Dominicana

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Maduro has a soft rectangle press and a rustic wrapper. It is very dark brown and carries knotty, raised veins and has an overall rough texture. The seams are easily visible as they are slightly raised while the head is finished off with a well applied double cap. The two bands are gold and black and the top one denotes the company and the bottom one denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper is deep, dark, sweet stewed fruit and wood while the foot brings raisin sweetness and cedar. The pre-light draw consists of a mid level spiced cedar along with faint mustiness. The spiciness is also present on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Nicely pressed and finished with a dark wrapper, the La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Maduro is firm in hand. The cap is applied well and throughout the cigar are noticeable veins that are small to medium in size. I would classify the cigar as a solid maduro and it has a dark chocolate coloring. The foot of the cigar is giving off cherries, oak, rich earth and sweet pipe tobacco while the wrapper is giving off this dry earth and wood quality.

Pre-light Experience

The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Maduro has a dark colored wrapper, and a fairly firm box press. There are a few water spots present at various points on the wrapper. Although it’s difficult to tell initially, the cigar is double banded, with the LFD as primary and the 50th Anniversary as the secondary immediately underneath. For aromas from the cigar, I picked up sweet leather, cedar and graham cracker. From the foot, sweet raisin and cedar.

Pre-light Experience

The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Maduro, true to it’s name, has a rich, dark chocolate maduro wrapper shade. Veins are roughly pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Nosing the wrapper gives rich cedar and dense wet hay. Aromas from the foot tell baking spices, cedar and hay. Cold draw gives cedar and dry cocoa.

First Third

The cigar begins with dark wood, cocoa powder and light amounts of black pepper and mustiness. At a half inch in, the dark wood becomes a little dry as the cocoa powder recedes slightly. The retrohale is slightly dry dark wood and mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, a slight meatiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the profile is slightly dry dark wood, meatiness, mustiness and light cocoa powder. The light black pepper has dropped out. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with dark spice notes and rich earth. There are some coffee beans present as well with touches of wood and molasses. Red pepper flavors and black peppercorns keep showing their presences and it smokes like a maduro offering from LFD. It is full in body and strength, and the flavor notes are right there as well.

First Third

The first third kicks off with baking spices, wood and light dry wood on the post draw. Syrupy sweetness on the retrohale, baking spices, with cedar to finish. There is a creamy texture to the smoke once the cigar has settled in. I also begin to notice a light plus pepper at the back of my throat. Once the first third has settled in, sweet cedar moves into the center of the flavor profile. By the halfway point, cedar has taken over the front of the profile.

First Third

The first third has a medium strength and body profile. Flavors consist of first and foremost dry cocoa and cedar. Second tier flavors show leather, nuts and hay. Retrohaling awakens the nostrils with red pepper spice and sharper cedar. The finish is medium length with soft hay and nuttiness.

Second Third

As the second third begins, a light char joins the dark wood. At a half inch in, the char and meatiness have left as the profile is dry dark wood, mustiness and faint cocoa powder. The retrohale is just dry dark wood and mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, the cocoa powder has left and the mustiness now has a slight lead over the dry dark wood. As the third comes to a close, the dry dark wood and mustiness are even. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

The second third shows an increase in the spice flavors and the red and black pepper notes are firing on all cylinders. I am picking up some leather and dry wood with that, and there is a touch of the coffee bean and chocolate powder as well. The finish is all pepper spice and it is smoking at a full level for strength, body and flavors.

Second Third

Some coffee notes, with cedar to finish as the cigar moves into the second third. That cedar quickly moves into the post draw to linger between each puff. The cigar strength is up to medium full by this point. As the second third settles in, leather joins the post draw. Sweetness is present through the retrohale and cuts off sharply before the finish. By the halfway point, some earth joins the post draw. That earth builds for the last half, approaching the last third.

Second Third

There’s nothing different to note about the second third. It’s still very much some dry cocoa and cedar forward with leather, nuts and hay trailing. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, a light char rejoins the dark wood. The retrohale is slightly charred dark wood and mustiness. At an inch in, a slight mintiness joins the profile. The cigar wraps up with the profile of slightly dry and charred dark wood, mustiness and light mintiness. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers all those spice flavors from the second third, and the red and black pepper notes are still kicking.The leather, wood, coffee bean and cocoa powder notes are still present, and like before, the finish is all pepper and spice. Similar to the second third, the cigar is full in strength, body and flavors.

Final Third

Creamy wood with a strong earth to finish as the final third starts. That earth builds, moving into the middle of the profile at medium plus strength. Once the last third is established, the earth is driving the profile, with some minor trailing sweetness.

Final Third

The final third’s profile becomes a bit too dry and also picks up a slight sharpness. It shows more cedar and baking spice as compared to dry cocoa. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in near two inch increments.

Burn

The burn was great on the cigar from start to finish. I had one touch-up during the smoking experience, but nothing major.

Burn

The burn is fairly straight, with the burn becoming uneven in the second which self corrects. Ash holds on well up to 2 inches. Moving into the last third, the cigar goes out, requiring a re-light.

Burn

The burn performance had some minor canoeing, requiring a couple fairly heavy touch-ups. Further, the ashes were a bit flaky. Aside from that, burn temperature was cool, good smoke production and really no other faults.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with dark wood, cocoa powder and light amounts of black pepper and mustiness. Some meatiness joined and the black pepper dropped out before the third ended. The second third saw the char, meatiness and cocoa powder drop from the profile. The final third saw the char return and a light mintiness join the profile. Construction was very good and strength built from slightly below medium to slightly above. The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Maduro had a nice combination of flavors in the first third, but dropped to average in the second third as some of the more enjoyable notes dropped out. It maintained that enjoyment level the rest of the way. This would be a nice after dinner cigar as it has some desserty notes to it. I could see myself coming back to this cigar from time to time, but the price point is a bit of a deterrent.

Draw

The draw was solid from start to finish. There was a nice level of resistance, but it was not too snug.

Overall

The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Maduro was a decent cigar, and it delivered a long smoke time. Towards the end, I was ready for this cigar to be completed as it was getting boring, but I would not say the cigar was bad. I think a lot of smokers would enjoy it, especially with how slow it smoked, but the price would turn them off. It is an expensive cigar, and for the price I expect a lot more from the blend. It delivered a lot of those Mexican qualities, but it was not complimented with the filler blend. The flavors never went anywhere throughout the experience, and I could make an argument they never got going. How do you say the cigar was not good or bad, but bad in the giant scheme of things?

Draw

The draw is slightly into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1-1/2 notches which is consistent with a fairly firm box press.

Overall

The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Maduro has a consistently good flavor, with the last third coming up more into the average range. The overall body is medium-full as is the strength. Copious amounts heavy flavor notes of earth, cedar, baking spices, creaminess and leather. Total smoking time of 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Draw

Perfect air flow and resistance.

Overall

Nice flavors in the La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Maduro. While I thought the Natural version was too mild and uneventful, I thought quite the opposite of the Maduro. Good dry cocoa and cedar up front with second tier flavors showing leather, nuts and hay. I’m still a bit surprised how mild it is for an LFD (and I like it). The medium strength and body complimented the flavors well. This one I’ll smoke again.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$3.33

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$3.64

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.47

Cost/Point

$3.09

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.62

Cost/Point

$3.02

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Team Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Maduro
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