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

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Cigar Details: La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown
  • 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 wrapper on the La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural is light brown with some knotty veins around the soft rectangle press. The seams are easily visible as they are raised while the head is finished off with a well applied triple cap. There are two bands with the primary being the traditional design for the brand but in gold and black and designating the company name and Oro. The secondary band is also gold and black and designates 50th Anniversary. The aroma from the wrapper is dry earth, wood and light cocoa powder. The foot brings raisin sweetness and wood. The pre-light draw brings dry wood with a subtle cherry sweetness. There is also a decent spiciness present on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural has a lovely Colorado wrapper with a light reddish color. It is smooth in texture, very few veins present and those present are small in size. I am picking up aromas of mineral, hay, leather, tobacco and herbal qualities. The cigar is firm in texture with a nice cold draw.

Pre-light Experience

The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural has a fairly firm box press appearance, with rounded edges. It features primary and secondary bands in gold on black. Nosing the wrapper reveals a ton of flavor complexity with bread, biscuits, old barnyard and faint hay. In the foot, there is plum sweetness and tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural has a Colorado Claro to Maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give strong, wet barnyard, cedar and hay. Aromas from the foot give sweet plums and spicier cedar. Cold draw tells mixed dry nuts and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted oak and a little bit of dry earth. At a half inch in, the toasted oak has a lot of fullness as a mellow black pepper joins in with the dry earth in the background. The retrohale brings toasted oak, mustiness and subtle black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the toasted oak is up front with mustiness joining and being just slightly behind. There is still a bit of dry earth in the background, but the black pepper has left. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third begins with some nice strong spice notes. I am picking up some leather and tobacco as well with a sweet fruit, earthy and red pepper finish. I would classify the cigar as being medium to medium-full in strength, body and flavors. Nice start to the cigar with a lot to build off of and expand.

First Third

The first third opens with creamy pepper and cedar, lighter leather finishing the draw along with some of the creaminess. Medium minus pepper strength through the retrohale, fading quickly as it moves to the post draw. Pepper starts to linger on the post draw as the cigar settles in, biscuit bread quality starting to come through on the retrohale. Sweetness takes up the middle of the profile with cedar accenting. Sweet cedar joins the retrohale some time later. Mild earthiness finishes each draw, with a short finish. By the halfway point, the pepper has faded away, leaving only the sweet bread, biscuit and cedar to define the profile.

First Third

The first third has a medium strength and body profile. The baseline is what I typically taste in classic LFD, that is a wood centric cedar note. The classic cedar is accompanied by mixed nuts and subtle creamed cherry. Retrohaling deepens the cedar note, making it a bit spicier. The finish has a lingering soft cedar note.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the toasted oak and mustiness are even as the dry earth remains in the background. A faint black pepper has returned. At a half inch in, the oak loses the toasted note. At an inch in, the profile is musty oak with a very faint dry earth as the black pepper has left once again. The retrohale is just musty oak. At an inch and a quarter, a light char joins the oak. As the third comes to a close, the profile remains slightly charred oak and mustiness with a light dry earthiness. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding some growth from the blend. The strong spice notes are still present, so are the sweet fruit notes and I am getting some coffee, leather, earth and peppery spices present as well. It has some strength and body to it, but it is balanced as well. Nice second third. Like before, I would classify the cigar as being between medium and medium-full.

Second Third

Sweet bread, cocoa and sweet cedar to finish on the retrohale. Sweet cedar rapidly moves in the middle of the profile, bringing hints of citrus. As the second third settles in, the citrus starts to finish each draw. Baking spices join the retrohale by the 1 hour mark, and carry into the post draw to combine with the cedar. By the halfway point, leather joins at the end of the draw, and moves into the post draw. That leather starts to push into the middle of the profile as the bottom half progresses.

Second Third

The profile is still medium body and strength. In terms of flavors, it’s a bit uneventful and mild. Soft flavors of cedar, mixed nuts and creamed cherry continues. The increase in flavors is namely on the retrohale, creating a sharper and fuller cedar note.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char has picked up slightly as has the dry earth. At a half inch in, the char has increased some more and the charred oak is now in the lead with the mustiness and dry earth equal in the background. The retrohale is lightly charred oak and mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, the cigar warms up a bit, bringing a vegetal note to the profile. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

The final third is right in line with the first and second third. I am getting some sweet fruit notes and they are paired with some leather, tobacco and strong spices. There is some earth present as well and the finish is of red pepper. As it has been throughout, the cigar is delivering a medium to medium-full experience for body, strength and flavors.

Final Third

Cedar with earth finishes the retrohale. That earth takes up the post draw as sweetness and cedar take up the middle of the profile. As the cigar settles into the last third, mild cocoa comes through, mixing with the earth at the end of the draw. Espresso joins at the halfway point, adding to the complexity of the middle of the profile and harmonizing with the earth.

Final Third

Nothing new to note. The final third stays the course. Still fairly flat with lots of subtleties in cedar, mixed nuts and creamed cherry. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn line was a bit wavy throughout, but always kept up with itself. The cigar did go out twice, requiring re-lights.

Burn

Burn was very good from start to finish. The cigar smoked cool and evenly throughout.

Burn

The burn had a couple points where it seemed to have an offset burn, but corrected without any intervention. Ash held on well up to 2 inches.

Burn

Aside from a couple quick touch-ups, the burn was great. Cool burn, ample smoke production and relatively even burn line.

Draw

The draw was slightly looser than I prefer and caused me to take some deeper draws than I would normally.

Overall

The cigar began with toasted oak and some dry earth. Some black pepper and mustiness joined in a bit further in. The black pepper came in and out as the toast transitioned to char. The final third saw the char and dry earth increase and a vegetal note joined in as the cigar came to a close. The burn was a bit of an issue as it went out twice and strength was right around medium the whole way. The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural started out nicely with an enjoyable flavor profile, but the second third saw a drop in enjoyment as the toasted note and black pepper left and was replaced by some char. Overall, the cigar was fairly average with a simple flavor profile from the second third on. Probably not something I’m going to return to due to the average flavor experience and price point. If you’re a fan of the LFD powerhouses, you’re going to find a lighter experience here, but it’s worth trying to see what you think.

Draw

Draw was right on point with the cigar. No complaints.

Overall

I was a fan of the La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural, but I tend to be a fan when LFD makes a Dominican blend finished with a Nicaraguan wrapper. Coronado and Oro if you are wondering other offerings where LFD uses Dominican tobacco in the filler and binder with a Nicaraguan wrapper. I think the blend is balanced and it has an old school flavor profile that shows the quality of Dominican tobacco with a high quality Nicaraguan wrapper. I think the Nicaraguan wrapper helps the entire blend pop, not saying that tobacco is the key to success, but it prevents the blend from potentially being single country monotonous. It has great strength and body, and it smokes well young with a lot of potential for aging. I tend to think that LFD loses their ability to deliver quality flavors in their blends with most of their offerings, but this was not the case and that is not the case when they use Nicaraguan tobacco for the wrapper on blends. Any time they leave their “comfort zone,” they create their best stuff. On top of that, the cigar smoked well from beginning to end for construction and draw. The fruit profile present was awesome.

Draw

The draw was resistant, between 2 and 2-1/2 notches which places it in the good category.

Overall

The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural was a refreshing change from the significant number of average cigars that we’ve reviewed since the last tradeshow. Significant amounts of flavor complexity that evolves through each third providing an engaging experience throughout. If you haven’t had the chance to smoke the TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural, you should seek it out. If you’re an LFD devotee you should run, not walk to your local B&M. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 16 minutes and I feel as if I could have had another 15 – 18 minutes smoking time out of it if I had slowed down somewhat.

Draw

The draw was slightly snug, but really a non-issue.

Overall

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but pretty sure this is the first time I thought an LFD cigar was a bit too mild and uneventful. The brand is typically bolder in flavors for me, which is why the La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural was a bit polarizing. It has that quintessential LFD style of wood centric note, but the long smoking time of almost 2 hours was tedious and boring. If you enjoy the fuller side of typical LFD, I don’t see how this will fit your wheelhouse. However, if you want to see more of a delicate side of LFD, this is definitely worth a try.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$3.54

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.92

Cost/Point

$2.89

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.87

Cost/Point

$2.91

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$3.64

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