As 2011 comes to a close, La Flor Dominicana has released new smokes in time for the holidays: The La Flor Dominicana Small Batch IV, the Factory Press IV and the distinctive Chisel, packaged in a Cameroon wrapper.
Every year and a half for the past three years, brand owner Litto Gomez has released a Small Batch line. This year's Small Batch IV uses all Dominican tobacco and features a Pelo de Oro seed wrapper grown on Gomez's La Canela farm.
"It's the first time I've used this wrapper," said Gomez. "The Pelo de Oro is two years old and adds a lot of sweetness to the older tobaccos in the blend, which are from a 2006 crop."
These 7 inch by 52 ring cigars come packaged in crates of 105 and retail for $19 each. Only 240 boxes were made.
For a chunkier smoke, the Factory Press IV is a squarely pressed 6 1/2 by 60 cigar that comes presented in slotted trays, each cigar secured in its own slat in order to retain the pressed form. Factory Press IV's blend uses a Mexican wrapper to complement its all-Dominican binder and filler tobacco.
"I bought this wrapper a few years ago and it has been fermenting and aging for awhile," Gomez said. "Now, I like the flavor and it blends well with the tobacco from La Canela."
These smokes come in large boxes of 120 that hold 10 trays of 12 pressed cigars, which retail for $11 each. Only 300 cases were made.
For those who remember a La Flor Dominicana cigar sampler that had a Chisel with a Cameroon wrapper, Gomez decided to release it as its own limited-edition brand this month.
"We did a Chisel sampler that had one cigar with a Cameroon wrapper and it was very popular. A lot of requests came from retails and consumers, but I didn't want to go into regular production with it, so I made only 500 boxes for December," Gomez said.
The Cameroon Chisel is actually blended off La Flor Dominicana's Cameroon Cabinet line and although it isn't intended to be as full bodied as the Double Ligero Chisel, it isn't supposed to mild either. They come in boxes of 20 and retail for $8 each.