At this year's IPCPR, La Flor Dominicana showcased a handful of new and/or returned offerings that were in line with what La Flor Dominicana has released in the past, but with those releases was a cigar that was truly new and different to the company. The cigar differs with the tobacco being used and above all else, the packaging. A departure from what many know La Flor Dominicana to be, I believe La Nox is one of the more interesting an exciting releases from the show. Enough with the introductions, let's take a look at La Nox.
Cigar: La Flor Dominicana La Nox
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Flor
Wrapper: Brazilian Cubra
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Dominican Republic
Ring Gauge: 50
The toro as has a very dark wrapper, true to name, and it is a wrapper that features some medium sized veins throughout. There are some smaller veins present as well, and you can get the characteristics of the leaf. The wrapper is slightly oily, while also rough and is a true maduro. The cap is applied fairly well and it is firm throughout. The foot is giving off an aroma of beef stew, spice and leather, while the wrapper has a earthy and woody profile.
The first third has a great opening and it is a complex blend. There are a lot of flavors present and they are pairing with one another wonderfully. I am picking up a nice Granny Smith Apple flavor, and it is delivering that fruitiness and sourness. There are some sharp spice and pepper notes present with that and it has unique finish which is showing nutty and wood qualities. The wood qualities are very green, but it is more a woody green quality. The cigar is smoking around a medium-full level for body and strength, and the same goes for the flavor profile. The construction thus far has been fairly solid and while the burn line is not razor sharp, it is even overall while producing a firm charcoal ash on the end. The draw is coo and with that is a nice bit of smoke.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and it continues to deliver a unique and complex flavor profile. I am getting that green and woody quality with the cigar, but it is paired with this citrus touch as well. There are those Green Apple flavors present as well, and it is delivering this creamy and gritty earth flavor profile on top of that. It is smoking at a medium level in terms of body and strength, but it is a full flavored cigar. This is really smoking like no other La Flor, and I am loving it. The construction is really top notch in this third and it is producing a burn line that is razor sharp. The cigar has a solid charcoal ash on the end of the cigar and it is producing a cool draw with a nice bit of smoke.
When I get into the final third of the cigar, I find that there is a nice bit of transitioning in the flavor profile. It remains very complex and this is a fantastic smoke. I am picking up a nice sweetness with the cigar and it has some creamy and cedar aspects with that. There are some touches of rich earth present as well, and it has faint hints of greens and wood. There are no citrus notes and it is a rich and enjoyable finish. I would classify the cigar as being full in body and strength in this third, and it is easily full flavored. In terms of construction, the final third is spectacular and it is producing a razor sharp burn line with a nice light charcoal ash on the end. The ash is holding on firmly and there is a nice bit of smoke produced. The draw is cool and remains that way to the nub.
Besides the fat that I think a lot of the best new releases are coming out of the Dominican Republic, the manufacturers in the D.R. are creating blends that are complex and very different from what we have seen in the past. This is one of the best La Flor Dominicana releases I have had in a long time. I am not one that smokes a lot of La Flor Dominicana or find that the company's offerings are my cup of tea, but La Nox is something very different. The cigar has a great flavor profile that is very complex and with that is a nice strength and body level. It comes with solid construction and these are the qualities that you want in a cigar. La Nox is a departure from what the company has released in the past and with a blend like this, this is the direction that I would love to see La Flor Dominican go in. I give this cigar a solid 92 rating.
Rating: 92 AKA "Box Split"