Dominion Cigar is a Canadian based cigar company out of British Columbia. I was introduced to them at the Rocky Mountain Smokeout in October of 2014. The price point reflects the reality of Canadian tobacco taxes and will be significantly lower once they launch in the US.
Available as a Robusto (5”x52), Toro (6”x50), Gordo (6”x60).
The nose on the Dominion Cigar Black Lotus is rich hay, cedar, and some hints of spice. I used a v-cut and found the draw slightly tight.
On the initial first draws I’m getting light hay with light spices to finish the profile. The retrohale is very clean with the light spices being the primary flavor. Some leather develops between draws once the first third has settled in. I start to pick up some honey but it’s subtle and buried under the other flavors. Some elegant creaminess breaks through at about the 25 minute mark. The hay continues to build from light to medium strength by about the 40 minute mark. The retrohale remains smooth and clean with a light-medium grassy finish developing.
In the second third there is some cedar that comes in quite quickly and picks up in intensity to medium level. The cedar tends to linger post-draw which I enjoyed. There are some very subtle floral notes at the halfway mark along with some sweetness that ends up offsetting the cedar as it continues.
The last third finds the spices picking up in strength and playing off against the strong cedar. The Black Lotus ends up finishing quite woody.
The flavor profile seems blended to compete against some of the flavors you would find in a typical Cuban cigar. The profile map doesn’t line up to what I typically go for, but I think I would pick up a few in the future to revisit in a few different vitolas.
If you’re a fan of Cuban cigars and want something with more body to it, the Black Lotus by Dominion Cigar might just be what you’re looking for.
The Dominican Cigar Black Lotus immediately said rum pairing to me. I wouldn’t hesitate to pair any rum cocktails like a mojito either.