We believe in smart investments. You can't be too careful or overprotective of your time and so when looking for a cigar you can count on you should know you are also searching for a moment well spent. Cigars offer the great escape whether it is a sliver of self-reflection on an afternoon on your own or a good nightcap with friends they are synonymous with relaxation. In the following article, we are talking about La Flor Dominicana a wholly Dominican grown tobacco product you can enjoy. We review it against competitors on the market and explain its features top to bottom, pricing and all included. We did the research, so you don't have to!

What Is A La Flor Dominicana Cigar?

With cigars is all about the flavor and richness encapsulated, a taste of the culture, La Flor Dominicana delivers this in spades as it is entirely grown in the company's farm inside the Dominican Republic. Founded in 1996 in the Santiago Dominican Republic the company offers cigars of all shapes and sizes and different blends of rich tobaccos for the experienced cigar aficionado. La Flor Dominicana has become synonymous with quality, and we can assure you here that this is an award-winning cigar company (2011 and 2013 Cigar Journal Award for Best Brand and Best Cigar respectively) whose products are top notch and all unique in their own way. All part of the vision of one man.

Litto Gomez who is the owner of La Flor Dominicana has installed in the Santiago region of the Dominican Republic a respectable brand whose factories are amazing on their own and filled with the rich culture and passion that the Dominican people have come to be known for. Over the last 20 years, they have carved their place in the cigar making business and continue to impress year after year. There is a quality that is not often found and the entire team of La Flor Dominicana channels it all in magnificent fashion. Let's talk about their products!

Product Specs  

Of the many blends and rich flavors, the company offers perhaps no other is as hailed as their Coronado blend which enjoyed the #2 spot on Cigar Aficionado's 2006 issue of the Top 25 Cigars of the Year. La Flor Dominicana combines a rich Nicaraguan Habano wrapper with their signature Dominican binder and long-fillers for a unique taste of sweet tobacco, pepper, and leather. The Ligero line is popular as well and offers distinctive features that have made it stand out such as their L-Granu cigar which is an outstanding 64x6 Dominican tobacco filled experience wrapped in an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that delivers bold and spicy flavors.

The wrappers are expertly applied and the presentation we must admit is always top notch which only adds to the overall experience. La Flor Dominicana offers luxury lines such as their Oro Maduro and Natural which come encased in beautiful colored tubes for a true high-end feel. The overall experience is covered by La Flor Dominicana and for the cigar market that is all that a consumer can ask for as their time is being well spent. Sitting back and enjoying a true home-grown cigar is priceless truthfully, but that is only figuratively speaking of course which brings us to our next point.

Pricing

A single Coronado can cost up to $10 while a box of 18 retails for roughly $150. A 5-pack of premium lines such as the aforementioned Oro line can retail for up to $72. Now as we stated before you really are paying here for a premium brand that has been around for over 20 years and has the accolades to compete with the best. That their diverse product line comes in so many shapes, sizes, and quantities adds value and better helps justify the price. The following section will help you get a better feel for competitor prices and features. This product can be found in such marketplaces as jrcigars.com and cigarsinternational.com

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.     

  • Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark
  • Padron Serie 1926 No. 2
  • Alec Bradley Tempus Natural Centuria

La Flor Dominicana Cigar

La Flor Dominicana Cigar

Taste

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We believe this is where La Flor Dominicana really shines. The colorful blends of pepper and earthy tones bring the spirit of the Dominican Republic and place it right on your palate. Our only reservation is that some may find their main blends a bit strong, but there are many options to choose from.


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If you have never visited The Dominican Republic, book a trip. The beaming sun and rich culture push this brand to a high star rating here.


Tested since 1996 everything from beginning to end is thoroughly checked to present a product that provides a rich experience from the moment you see the packaging.

This is a medium to full-bodied cigar no questions asked. Packed with a strong flavor from exquisite blends that satisfy your senses and give you the entire cigar experience how it was meant to be.

Pros

  • Rich blends and many choices
  • ll homegrown and quality-controlled
  • Beautiful presentation top to bottom.

Cons

  • Their Selection might not be the style you are looking for.
  • The flavoring in most famous blends can be too strong for the cigar novice.
  • You may find the price of some blends to be high, but we say it is well worth it

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye Of The Shark

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

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Carlos Fuente junior used his unorthodox blending techniques to produce this Cigar Aficionado 2017 #1 winner that got people talking. Its distinctive shape and unique blend are a fitting tribute to Carlos Sr. who passed away in 2016, and so the cigar not only offers quality come to be known in the brand but a rich history as well. Nut undertones and sweet cider give a full experience that winds back the clock to the days of the company's beginning and is worthy of the name.

Price Approximately (Box Of 20) $$$

 

There is a history here that just can't be denied, and it all feels like a sweet tribute from father to son. Citrus high notes and leather hints blend beautifully with cider to provide a taste hard to match.

 

The Dominican Republic continues to produce quality tobacco, and along with the Cameroonian wrapper used in this cigar, it's a winner.

 

Another giant in the cigar industry Arturo Fuente has an undisputed quality abound, and when you purchase one of his cigars, you will know why. Excellent presentation top to bottom.


We have to be honest that we are not huge fans of the shape of the cigar as we believe it takes away slightly from the richness of the overall experience. Conventional cigars seem to have an edge when it comes to delivering maximum richness and a full body. Call us old-fashioned.

Pros

  • Fantastic taste and choice of tones.
  • It has a beautiful history behind it.
  • Presentation and quality guaranteed.

Cons

  • On the upper echelon on pricing.
  • The experimental shape may detract from overall experience.
  • The body is mild to medium and towards the end falls to the lower spectrum.

Padron Serie 1926 No. 2

Padron Serie 1926 No. 2

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Padron is an absolute legacy of excellence and the Serie No. 2 just a continuation of a rich tradition. The runner-up in Cigar Aficionado's list of The 25 Bests Cigars of 2017 is the full-body cigar you have been looking for. The All-Nicaraguan blend is as strong as they come and it delivers hints of coffee beans and sweet accented woodiness all from the jungles of Nicaragua. This is a brand that knows how to take the best from home and deliver it to you. Despite the current unrest in the Nicaraguan tobacco market this year they continue to produce quality products and Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 is one.


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While we enjoyed the taste, we cannot say we have not seen it before. Coffee beans are used in several blends, and though these are Nicaraguan coffee beans, it still doesn't surprise. It is a straight-forward type of blend, enjoyable but lacks creativity.

 

Nicaragua is a beautiful country that rivals the charm of any other major cigar exporter, but it still lacks the history and grandeur of places like The Dominican Republic and Cuba, In time they too shall write their history.

 

In terms of quality, we have nothing negative to say and believe this is an earnest effort that deserves notice and praise. There is an elegance to this cigar that cannot be stated enough.


This is absolutely the peak of performance when searching for a full-bodied cigar. Strong and full of character the tobacco is rich in every puff.

Pros

  • A quality cigar with a beautiful presentation.
  • Full body and strength.
  • An excellent alternative to Cuban and Dominican cigars.

Cons

  • Taste lacks surprise.
  • Lacks compared to Cuban and Dominican cigars.
  • The price is not the most affordable on the market.

Alec Bradley Tempus Natural Centuria

Alec Bradley Tempus Natural Centuria

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Once Alec Bradley owner Alan Rubin made his first full-bodied cigar, he never really looked back. The Tempus is an excellent choice for any cigar connoisseur looking for a robust smoke. Filled with Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco the Tempus lends itself to an earthy and sweet taste that is best complimented by its unique size and wrapping. The wrapper leaf comes from the Trojes region of Honduras and gives this cigar the Honduran profile that Rubin wishes to share with the world.


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Earthy tones and a unique wrapper make this an enjoyable cigar but there are few undertones to enjoy, and it is straightforward which is not necessarily a bad thing but keeps it from a 5.

 

This is a unique choice, and we can see why the blend took time to perfect as finding such a unique region in Honduras was a task for Rubin, but we are glad he did it. The Tempus has made its mark for sure.

 

Solid quality that shows and burns slowly. The presentation is excellent, and the slim design highlights the wrapper, and that is the main focal point.

 

We love full-body cigars, and this blend surprised us as much as it did its creator as it packs a strong punch that is both delightful and memorable at the same time.

Pros

  • Unique wrapper and well thought out design.
  • Beautiful presentation top to bottom.
  • Full and rich body.

Cons

  • The taste lacks a bit of surprise.
  • Honduras is a great tobacco region but still has ways to go.
  • The size might not be what you are looking for.

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La Flor Dominicana Cigar

La Flor Dominicana Cigar

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

Padron Serie 1926 No. 2

Padron Serie 1926 No. 2

Alec Bradley Tempus Natural Centuria

Alec Bradley Tempus Natural Centuria

Conclusion

If you have not noticed yet, we are big fans of what La Flor Dominicana has done over the last twenty years, and they continue to expand their inventory that is paving the way in the cigar making business and redefining it at every step. Based on its affordable price and decisive quality we give it a solid 5 out of 5 stars. Even if their lines such as Ligero are too robust for you, there are always alternatives. Litto Gomez has made vast improvements to the Santiago region inside the Dominican Republic and has earned the respect of the community for a reason.

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