The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2007
La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel Maduro
With its black, wedge-shaped head, nothing in the cigar world looks quite like a Chisel Maduro. Its creation goes back to one day when La Flor's Litto Gomez was driving from Santiago to La Canela in the Dominican Republic, chewing on a torpedo as he was deep in thought. By the time he reached his destination, the torpedo head had been flattened. Taken with the new shape, Gomez came up with the Chisel, a figurado with a head that looks like a hand tool or a woodwind instrument. The natural version is powerful, but this 6-inch x 54-ring leathery Maduro is sneaky strong—you don't feel the power until it's upon you. It's a difficult shape to roll, this brainchild of Gomez, who is clearly one of the cigar world's most innovative minds.