Today, the La Flor Dominicana portfolio is home to some of the most potent Dominican cigars on the market. From the beginning, Litto and Ines harbored quality control as their chief priority. They’ve had opportunities to grow faster and place their brand in a burgeoning number of retailers, both large and small, who’ve requested to carry it.
Litto has adamantly refused to compromise the integrity of his cigars simply to sell a greater number. He has long preferred to follow a trajectory of growth that permits his detailed oversight to remain intact at every stage of production and is well-known for creating a number of artisanal, small-batch releases (best cigars).
Their 120-acre La Canela farm in the Dominican Republic is a picturesque and impressive landscape to all who visit. Equally remarkable is the brand’s pristine Dominican factory where Litto’s distinctive blends come to life. In 2016, La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull received a superb 96-point rating in addition to Cigar Aficionado’s coveted ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ title, a first for the brand, but not its first appearance in the publication’s ‘Top 10.’ La Flor Dominicana Coronado was ranked as the ‘#2 Cigar of the Year’ with a 93-point rating back in the mid-2000s.
Ligero is a type of tobacco near the top of the plant. It matures more slowly than the lower leaves on the plant, but is preferred in the production of spicy, full-bodied cigars. Ligero is routinely utilized in La Flor Dominicana cigars and is even referenced in a number of the brand’s product line names.
The blend received a 92-point rating in the Chisel format, a unique 6 x 54 shape pioneered by Litto that has gained in popularity. The Chisel is crafted with a wedge-shaped head that delivers a surprisingly easy draw and manages to concentrate an already strong blend with a more intense display of leather and black pepper notes.
La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Chisel was awarded a 94-point rating and scored Cigar Aficionado’s ‘#10 Cigar of the Year’ in 2010. A Cuban-seed wrapper from Ecuador encompasses a medium to full-bodied core of Dominican tobaccos that furnish meaty notes of coffee beans, wood, and whiskey with plenty of spices.
In 1997, he began experimenting with unconventional formats when he released the El Jocko Perfecto No. 1, a small perfecto with a rounded, but tapering, head and an exaggerated, fattened foot. The shape is still produced in your choice of an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper or a Connecticut Broadleaf. La Flor Dominican Andalusian Bull is among Litto’s best-known Figurados.
The cigar is drafted from an Ecuador Corojo wrapper over a medium to full-bodied interior of select Dominican tobaccos. Notes of caramel, pepper, and leather combine effortlessly. The elegant Perfecto is based on an old cigar mold Litto discovered in Belgium. The shape tapers slightly at the edges of the foot, which maxes out at a 64-ring gauge.
The name is also rendered in a font based on Pablo Picasso’s handwriting. If you’re a milder cigar fan who’s just getting introduced to La Flor Dominicana, Suave is fine place to start due to its mild, more approachable profile. An Ecuador Connecticut wrapper leaf delivers notes of nuts and leather over a core of Dominican long-fillers.
La Flor Dominicana Cameroon Cabinet and La Flor Dominicana Coronado are cigars the brand had re-released in recent years with updated bands and boxes and to reflect the company’s shift towards more full-bodied profiles. Cameroon Cabinet is made from a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers beneath an aged Cameroon wrapper that delivers notes of coffee and nuts with a creamy, leathery texture.
A 93-point score and the ‘#2 Cigar of the Year’ title from Cigar Aficionado put the original edition on the map for its hearty tapestry of nougat, caramel, leather, and spicy cashews. La Flor Dominicana also releases a handful of limited edition, small-batch cigars on an annual basis, like Factory Press, a sharply box-pressed cigar that typically delivers a sweet and spicy flavor with a loose draw.
Exact dimensions on many of Litto’s limited editions tend to vary, as does availability. The brand’s primary retailers usually receive allocated boxes from his limited edition portfolio. Litto even releases a special football-themed cigar, reserved cigar shops in the city that hosts the Super Bowl. La Flor Dominicana 1994 celebrated Litto’s 20th year as a cigar-maker with a San Andrés wrapper leaf over a zesty profile dried fruit, spices and espresso beans, courtesy of potent Dominican binder and filler tobaccos.