Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | Coronado
Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | Coronado

Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | CoronadoCigar Info

The Coronado a resurrection of a retired brand, features its original and distinct blend of Dominican fillers and binder complemented by a sun grown Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. It was a highly rated blend the band never featured the LFD logo, and sales reflected that. After being officially discontinued the Coronado officially made it’s comeback at IPCPR 2015 with a new look and name.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

The blend has remained the same, using a Nicaraguan sun grown Habano wrapper with the binder and filler coming completely from the Estancia La Flor de Palma in La Canela, Dominican Republic.

It comes in five sizes, all 18-count boxes: Corona Especial (5 7/8 x 47, MSRP $8.80), Toro (6 x 52, $9.30), Double Corona (7 x 50, $9.30), Double Toro (7 x 54, $9.80) and Corona Gorda (7 x 60, $10.50).

Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | CoronadoVital Stats:

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Flor S.A.
Blender: Litto Gomez
Number of reviewers: 5Sandeep (Djangos) Robert (NavyPiper) Jeff (ExpendableYouth) Eric (smalls29) Alan (Eulogy)
Price: $9.30
Age: 6 Months
Release Date: August 2015
Contributed by: La Flor Dominicana

Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | CoronadoInitial Impressions

Appearance: 88

“Toro sized with a milk chocolate wrapper. The surface is quite bumpy and rough with a lot of prominent veins. There are no major discolorations except for the head with the cap is a different and lighter color. There are two caps discernible. Slight crack to the wrapper at the foot but no unraveling of the wrapper. ” -Sandeep (Djangos)

Aroma: 91

“The aroma of the wrapper is reminiscent of a soft leather couch. That sweet smell that fills the living room when you first bring it home. There is a slight barnyard smell that is not over powering nor does it distract from the leather smell.” -Eric (smalls29)

Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | Coronado
Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | Coronado

First Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The first-third has a smoky-woody notes, with heavy mineral and an oily pepper. the smoke output is a but wispy which is a little weird since the draw seems to be spot on. It has a solid white ash that clings very well, at least for the first inch so far.” -Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

“I am immediately met with a nice woodsy flavor with coffee overtones. There is a mild peppery flavor that tingles the back of the mouth/throat, not the lips or tongue. The flavors are well balanced and enjoyable. None of the flavors are competing for attention but appear to be balanced very well. So far a nice start. Very flavorful.” -Eric (smalls29)

Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | Coronado
Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | Coronado

Second Third

Flavor: 93
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“The second-third has had a build up of strength, not in pepper but in body. The core elements of charred-woodiness, mineral, and light pepper are still there. The smoke output still leaves a lot to be desired, but has improved a bit so far. ” -Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

“There is still a saltiness on the draw with a woody finish, but there is now a slight bitterness that is starting to grow. ” -Alan (Eulogy)

Final Third

Flavor: 87
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“In the final third, the dried fruit seems to have slowly faded out while the tobacco & spice increased. Still a good flavor overall but wish the fruit would have stayed. Meanwhile the burn is ok, no issues with it, but I’m about at my wits end with this draw. If this wasn’t a review, I’d a chucked it a long time back out of sheer frustration with it. I’ve reamed it so much I’m wishing I had a long enough drill but to just drill it through and be done with it. ” -Robert (NavyPiper)

“At this point I had to relight the cigar. Many of the flavors I was enjoying have disappeared. The flavors have been replaced with a strong, bitter, charred wood flavor. i do taste some cedar and cinnamon but the coffee flavor and peppery tingle have left. I am losing interest in this cigar. I am having an even harder time with the draw and tired of working for it.” -Eric (smalls29)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 89

“I had to work a bit at the draw. I usually had to take three to four puffs to get a good mouth full of flavor.” -Eric (smalls29)

Burn: 89

“I’ll say the burn was fair, but I think mainly it was due to the tightness of the draw. If the ash went over an inch it wanted to go out, I think just due to not getting enough oxygen going through it.” -Robert (NavyPiper)

Construction: 89

“Construction was very good with the exception of the draw.” -Robert (NavyPiper)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Overall Experience: 87

“Overall a mediocre cigar with one dimensional flavor profile. Also some issues with the burn made this less enjoyable. Not one for me and will not go looking for one.” -Sandeep (Djangos)

“Other than the utter frustration with the draw, or lack thereof, and constantly fighting to get one, I would have loved this stogie. Flavors were great, appearance as well, but the pleasure of the smoke was negated due to the “battle of the draw”. I’d try another, but if the draw was the same out it would go.” -Robert (NavyPiper)

“This just wasn’t within my wheelhouse and I didn’t really enjoy the flavor profile. It was a bit strong and just kept building all the way to the end until it became a bit muddled. I would pass on this personally. ” -Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

“The first two thirds of the cigar were very enjoyable. I find this to be a nice cigar to enjoy while relaxing outside or watching the game. My wife tried the cigar in the beginning and liked it very much. I was disappointed after about an hour and ten minutes as the flavors changed to the burnt wood, cedar flavor. The woodsy flavors and coffee overtones dissipated after that. I feel this cigar would be a great cigar if it were a corona or something shorter than what this one was. I finally gave up after 90 minutes because I had to keep relighting it.” -Eric (smalls29)

“I enjoyed the beginning of the cigar, but it began to drop off in flavor in the second third and became a little bitter. It’s not a bad cigar by the end; although, it’s very one dimensional. I would pick up another one if I wanted a long smoke that didn’t require a lot of attention.” -Alan (Eulogy)

 

Smoking Time (in minutes): 81

 

Reviewer
Appearance
Aroma
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Constr.
Overall
Experience
Sandeep Djangos) 85 85 88 88 87 95 83 88 85
Robert NavyPiper) 95 88 95 95 90 75 85 90 85
Jeff ExpendableYouth) 90 92 88 95 85 83 95 92 85
Eric smalls29) 90 90 90 90 85 85 85 88 90
Alan Eulogy) 88 92 90 93 92 92 95 95 90

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Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | Coronado

Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | Coronado
Appearance
89
Aroma
91
First Third
89
Second Third
93
Final Third
87
Draw
89
Burn
89
Construction
89
Overall Experience
87
89
Total Score - Good