Litto Gomez Diez 2012 Cigar Review

September 19, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

A couple of months ago I reviewed the Litto Gomez Diez 2010 Chisel and thought that it was a good cigar and gave it 90 points. For me, the flavor was a little muted during the first two thirds but that last third was pretty awesome. It’s a good cigar and I would suggest smoking one if you get the opportunity. But what if you had to choose between the 2010 and 2012 LGD Chisels?

Fortunately for you, I am going to give you some advice because I’m about to start reviewing the LG Diez 2012 Chisel… Right now.

Normally, I do not comment on the way the cigar smells unlit but this one just exudes this spicy, hay-infused aroma. It’s a very dry smell and only adds to my anticipation of this cigar.

It’s a Chisel, it looks flawless, it doesn’t have any veins, is fairly oily and has a slightly loose pack. Enough with this prelude to a smoke, let’s smoke.

LFD Litto Gomez Diez Chisel (click picture to go to La Flor Dominicana's site)

LFD Litto Gomez Diez Chisel (click picture to go to La Flor Dominicana’s site)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: Chisel ~ robusto
Length: 5 ½”
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $265.25/Box of 24 | $11.05/Single

Hallucinatory Scorching!

During my review of the Litto Gomez Diez 2010 Chisel I basically likened the final third flavors to a dream come true. That’s good but it was only that good for a third of the cigar. The LG Diez 2012 is starting off like a dream with this amazing spice flavor that is both bitter and hot all at once and there’s also dark fruit, dry hay and some savory notes that most closely resembles a fine steak.

If I were forced to identify something negative with the first third, or at least something others might not like about the first third, it is that the flavors are extremely intense; intense to the point that they might overpower some people’s palates. I’m okay with it, I loved it. It’s also very full bodied, which is another matter altogether for some people (this is not an admonition, it’s just that some people do not like full bodied cigars, that’s all).

The second third ameliorates any concern I have with this cigar’s flavors being too powerful for some people (the strength of body is still there, if not a tick higher than during the first third). And it has increased my enjoyment of this cigar a bit because the flavors seem to have more freedom and life to them. What I’m getting now is a ton of spice, which is a combination of cinnamon and heat. Dryness is the name of the game here, this is a very dry cigar. And that is perfect for this flavor profile, which, during this second third, is, as aforementioned, spice and, mostly, meat with some sweetness added in almost as an afterthought.

After finishing the final third I am still supremely impressed by this cigar. Heck, I was extremely impressed with the three others that I smoked before this one (two of another vitola, forget which, and a Chisel). During this third I predominately got that very dry and intense spice along with some oak. All signs of sweetness and meat have disappeared. The previous two thirds were better but the final third was great in its own way.

Definitely full bodied with a great draw and a decent burn, this cigar is a treat. It is too full bodied for those who don’t normally go for full bodied cigars but, for those of you who do, this is one of those cigars that you must try at least once.

97 points

PS: I did wrestle with the score quite a bit. I’m guessing that more people will probably like this cigar more than the Fausto Avion 11, which received a 98 from me, but I could be wrong. Initially, I was going to give it a score of 99 points (one point off 100 due to the burn) but then the burn acted up a little too much and the final third wasn’t perfect. This is most definitely not a criticism but, at least the way I see it, when I am deciding which cigar is my favorite I have to go after every last detail.

The other LGD 2012 Chisel I smoked also had some burn issues but the other vitola, which is a normal parejo, didn’t have those burn issues. Part of the problem with the LGD 2012 Chisels is that I may have just let the cigar rest too long in between puffs but, if I had done that, I do not think the cigar would have performed as well flavor-wise. It was better that I smoked it slowly and corrected a few burn issues, which included the cigar basically going out, than to have risked the flavor profile turning bad by smoking it too quickly.

Chisel Cigar Shape Trademark

May 9, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Industry · Comment 

Yup, that’s right. Litto Gomez has trademarked the chisel shape in a cigar. As far as I or Cigar Aficionado know this is the first time that a cigar shape (vitola) got trademarked.

Here’s some of the story from CA:

The La Flor Dominicana Chisel, one of the strongest and most original cigars on the market, is now protected by a trademark. Cigarmaker Litto Gomez, who created the Chisel shape in 2003, received acceptance for his trademark application on April 4. The trademark for the Chisel shape is retroactive to 2006, and will be valid until 2016.

“I thought it was a long shot,” Gomez told Cigar Aficionado in an interview yesterday. “They rejected it four or five times—we kept trying.”

While not a goof on Litto Gomez’s part, when I first heard about this I immediately thought about this (watch the whole thing):

Now, I love the La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel (Natural Review and Maduro Review) but this just seems wrong. Even though there haven’t been a proliferation of chisel shaped cigars there are some and I liked the Man O’ War Special Project 52-C, which is a chisel shape. Does this mean these cigars will cease to exist? Maybe not, as long as they can make a deal with Mr. Gomez.

I appreciate the fact that the chisel shape is unique but I don’t think if another cigar maker comes out with a great chisel shaped cigar it would hurt Litto Gomez’s cigars in any way. They are legendary and, speaking for myself, I will always cherish the chisel shape. Now, I guess I’m limited in my chisel options.

The chisel’s raison d’être is the fact that it smokes extremely well. I have never had one with a bad draw or burn. For whatever physical reason these cigars just smoke awesomely. And now? Oh well.

Litto Gomez Cigar Rights of America Cigar Review

April 18, 2011 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

Large cigar (5 ¾” x about 53) with a fairly dark, chocolate brown wrapper. There are a couple of instances of large veins with this specimen. One of those veins intrudes upon the cap and seems to me like it portends something bad.

On the bright side, and this side does have a considerable size to it, it is an oily cigar that is packed nicely. The shape looks and feels almost spot on and there are no bumps, dips or valleys to speak of. My pre-light draw is effortless and reveals a hint of spice followed by what I’m taking as cocoa. I like this combination of flavors so my hopes are high.

I need to also mention that this is one of the Cigar Rights of America Special Edition cigars.

At first, there is a grassy flavor that floods the palate. This is superseded by a chalky cocoa flavor that is a fairly good flavor in my estimation. Spice isn’t a major player in the beginning. And then, almost like this Litto Gomez is playing a trick on me, a pleasant spicy flavor burns at the back of my throat and through my sinuses. The spice is there, it just takes a minute or two to introduce itself.

Around the two inch mark the cigar gets plagued by some poor burn issues. I have to do some major touchups and the ship is righted, for now. On the flavor front, it’s pretty much the same. Spice is still present (it’s a screeching, in your face kind of spice), the chalky cocoa flavor is still kicking and the grassy flavor is mulling around in there.

After the halfway point the chalky cocoa flavor morphs into a clay-like earthiness. The burn is still being stubborn, one side acting as the hare and the other the tortoise. The draw continues to be excellent. Grass is the dominant flavor I’m getting on the retrohale. It’s really a nice cigar with a decent amount of complexity to it.

Sometime during the last third of the cigar a floral flavor starts to come through. It is not sweet as is the case most of the time when I experience this flavor, it’s just floral. The earthiness has gone but the spice has picked up. Spice is especially present in conjunction with the grassiness during the retrohale. This Litto Gomez is a nice, medium-full bodied cigar with a goodly amount of flavor.

This Litto Gomez was a good cigar with some enjoyable flavors. As is the case with all the other cigars from the Cigar Rights of America sampler I will withhold a rating because I am only smoking one.

Litto Gomez Fights for Freedom

October 17, 2010 · Posted in Assault on Cigars · 2 Comments 

The other day I was perusing through my Cigar Aficionado subscription and happened on one of the best pro-freedom ads I have seen in a while. It was put on by Litto Gomez and even though the main argument was for continuing to keep cigar smoking as a freedom it put up an array of other consumables that have had attacks leveled against them by health activists inside and outside of the government. Here it is:

Litto Gomez fights for our freedoms.

In order to see it in all its glory you will need to click on the image. Check it out.