NOW LIVE: A Never Before Seen Interview with Sports Legend Michael Jordan

Blogs

Shapely La Flors

Mar 27, 2015 | By Andrew Nagy
Shapely La Flors

La Flor Dominicana is known for growing strong, gutsy tobacco on its farm in La Canela, Dominican Republic. Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Litto Gomez and Ines Lorenzo-Gomez, La Flor Domincana's cigars are often described as "meaty," "ballsy," "strong," and "powerful." You get the idea. (In its early years, though, the company strictly produced mild smokes.)

While I was visiting the company's factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic during the recent ProCigar Festival, I was reminded that La Flor also produces some of the most creative cigar shapes you'll see in a store humidor. Most cigar enthusiasts are aware of La Flor's popular Chisel, which has literally been trademarked, but seeing it rolled forces one to recognize how much effort goes into each smoke.

It was while walking the La Flor rolling room that I got the chance to see all these cool shapes being made. The La Flor rolling room is unlike any I've visited before, a must-see for any cigar lover. Natural light pours in to the rolling area and bounces off the raised parquet dance floor in the middle. Why is there a dance floor in a cigar factory? Because before it was a rolling room the space was a nightclub, and Litto didn't want to remove that detail. Adding to the dancing theme was a large boombox playing merengue beats, creating a jovial atmosphere. While the room is technically a cigar rolling factory, it felt loose and not "all business."

One of the first things that caught my eye was a worker creating the bunch for The Digger, a monster of a cigar that measures 8 1/2 inches by 60 ring gauge. Just as I thought the buncher was done adding tobacco, he would reach for another leaf. And another. And another, just packing the cigar with tobacco. Check out the video below and see for yourself.

I also recorded a roller putting the finishing touches on La Flor's Mysterio cigar, or as it is now called, The Cigar Formerly Known as Mysterio. The talented torcedor has been rolling this complicated perfecto with the crafty maduro tips for three years.

La Flor Dominicana

More in Blogs

See all
25 Years Ago

25 Years Ago

Executive editor David Savona recounts his 25 years at Cigar Aficionado: "...in the summer of 1995, I …

Jul 22, 2020
A Walking Tour of Cuba’s Partagás Factory

A Walking Tour of Cuba’s Partagás Factory

It isn’t likely that you’re getting to Havana, or any cigar factories for that matter, anytime soon. …

May 5, 2020
The Surprising History of the Mint Julep

The Surprising History of the Mint Julep

For all its relative simplicity—spirit, sugar and herb—the Mint Julep is a drink filled with …

Apr 30, 2020
My Cigar Space Reader Contest

My Cigar Space Reader Contest

The cigar lounge at Cigar Aficionado is currently closed, which means executive editor David Savona …

Apr 8, 2020
A Moment In Time

A Moment In Time

The alarm rang on Monday morning, and for the first time in a quarter century, I wasn’t quite sure …

Mar 20, 2020
A Walking Tour of Cuba’s La Corona Factory

A Walking Tour of Cuba’s La Corona Factory

From the outside, the La Corona factory looks like any other non-descript building in Havana, but …

Mar 4, 2020