Last year, La Flor Dominicana released the Chapter One, a dark and brooding cigar blended by Tony Gomez. Tony is the son of Ines and Litto Gomez, co-founders of LFD. The Chapter One marked the first time Tony Gomez put on the blenders cap for the company and what he created was a 6.5×58 box-pressed cigar with the company’s trademark chisel at the head.
The Chapter One was an instant success for La Flor Dominicana and made our Best of 2013 list last year.
The Capitulo II utilizes the same dimensions and is likewise sold in 10-count boxes but the blend itself is completely different, featuring an exceptionally oily Nicaraguan Colorado wrapper in place of the dark Brazilian Ligero Oscuro of the Chapter One. To say we were excited for the sequel would be an understatement.
Country of Manufacture: Dominican Republic
Rolled: Tabacalera La Flor S.A.
Size: 6.5×58 Box-Pressed Chisel
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Colorado
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Dominican Ligero
MSRP: $10.70 (Box of 10, $107)
Sample: purchased by CM
Quantity smoked: 1
- Exceptional amount of oil on wrapper
- Dark reddish-brown wrapper with a marbled texture
- Minimal veins/bumps
- Firm Pack
- Wrapper: Mineral, general tobacco
- Foot: Banana bread, faint earth
- Cold Draw: Open draw. Petrol, red pepper, leather
The predominant characteristic at the onset of the Capitulo II is a sharp red pepper. It’s nearly overpowering through the retro, yet still manageable. Filling out the profile on my palate is leather, wet earth with a slight mineral tingle on the tongue. Underneath all of these rustic tones is nutmeg. Smoke characteristic is neither here nor there, right in the middle between being silky & arid. Short finish of leather & red pepper. Medium-Full body. Medium strength.
The most noticeable flavor-shift during this third is the red pepper moving towards black pepper on both the palate & retro-hale. Leather remains a key-player at a slightly higher intensity than the wet earth & mineral tones. Once again, the mineral note manifests itself as a tingling sensation on the tongue. Towards the mid-point it’s developing more of a bready characteristic which helps to balance-out the profile, while on the other hand, hints of varnish-like notes make an entrance. Hints of varnish can be pleasant if it fits within the profile without being too abrasive, unfortunately that is not the case here. Once again, only wisps of nutmeg can be detected during this third. The smoke characteristic shifted from normal, to chewy (when the bready note introduced itself), to slightly arid. Medium length finish consisting of black pepper & leather. Medium-Full body. Full strength.
Leather & oak rise to the occasion to become the primary components to this last third. The black pepper wanes substantially, yet looms as an ever-present undertone. Wet earth remains while the mineral tingle on the tongue dissipates completely. As in the second third, the bready note accompanied by varnish-like tones continue along to the very end of the cigar. Smoke characteristic at this point is arid & mouth-drying. The final third offers a brisk finish of leather, varnish & oak. Medium-Full body. Full strength.
There are a very select few cigars that will leave me reeling in a nicotine comatose, but the Capitulo II has earned a place on that short list. This is certainly not a cigar for a beginner, or it most certainly is a cigar for a beginner if you want them in a fetal position on the ground.
The Capitulo II left me wanting more and yet left me not wanting more at the same time. The flavors were lackluster and “run of the mill” LFD to me. The profile wasn’t balanced & the strength was anything but forgiving. I wanted more because I wanted to see what LFD was going for when they blended this, but I wanted less when the conclusion was that it wasn’t amounting to anything special. Will this cigar age well? All signs point to “yes”. LFD’s tend to age beautifully, but I’ll smoke every last Chapter 1 before I come back to its successor.