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La Flor Dominicana La Volcada Staff Review

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Zack D.

I’m smoking a small-batch La Flor Dominicana cigar called La Volcada in a 7-by-48 Churchill. La Flor Dominicana brand founder Litto Gomez is well known for his inventive approach to cigar-making with several unique cigars to his credit, including the Double Ligero Chisel and his award-winning Andalusian Bull. La Volcada is named after a step in the tango, which came from Uruguay where Gomez was raised. A silhouette of a couple tangoing is pictured on the cigar bands and boxes.

Like other La Flor Dominicana cigars, La Volcada is a dark and intriguing blend, and it’s finished with a pigtail cap. A mottled San Andrés wrapper with a rustic, chocolate-brown complexion covers a Corojo-seed binder grown in Ecuador. At the center are premium Dominican long-fillers in keeping with the strong Ligero tobaccos Gomez is famous for blending into his cigars. The pigtail on the cap is twisted tight and La Volcada appears firm from head to foot. La Flor Dominicana cigars are known for their quality.

Aromas of leather and earth dominate my first impression when I give La Volcada a close look after taking one from a new box. Musty hints of hay mingle with a molasses-like sweetness. After twisting off the pigtail cap and spinning La Volcada around in my mouth a few times, the cold draw offers straightforward tasting notes best described as salty and sweet.  

This chewy and dense smoke ignites slowly when I patiently toast the foot with my Lotus GT Double Torch. Salted peanuts and leather define the first draws. The spice is soft with hints of oak on palate and a bit of citrus in the nose. As the binder, filler, and wrapper come together with more focus, a bold profile of pepper comes to the front with the cigar’s initial nuttiness making a greater impact.

La Flor Dominicana La Volcada develops with an unusually mineral taste for a San Andrés wrapper, and the emphasis is on salt. After twenty-five minutes, stronger spices cloak my taste buds over a foundation of saltine crackers and leather. My entire mouth tingles as the cigar becomes more peppery in the second half.

Despite tunneling for bit, the Churchill grows in complexity as it intensifies. Cigar tunneling takes place when the interior tobaccos burn faster than the wrapper leaf. I resolved the issue with a few pinpoint touchups with my torch lighter. La Flor Dominicana cigars are among the most consistent you can buy because Gomez maintains such high standards for production at his Dominican factory, so I consider any performance issues with La Volcada to be an anomaly.

The tasting notes shift into a malty profile of leather and dark cocoa powder while the salty impressions fade into the background. After removing the bands to savor the nub, welcome notes of molasses and anise surface throughout the finish. La Flor Dominicana La Volcada is a full-bodied smoke that I’m happy to add to my rotation when I’m craving a San Andrés wrapper. Add a few to your next order and find out if La Volcada makes your list of the best La Flor Dominicana cigars.


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