Each Monday in the month of January I will be presenting one of the five cigars in La Flor Dominicana's OYA Maduro Sampler which was released in Autumn 2010. These little vignettes will be more in the format of our "Cigar Extra" reviews: short and no score given.
The Double Ligero Chisel set the world on fire a few years back with its unique shape and formidable strength. The Maduro version has some of the same formula but with a beautiful, dark and oily maduro leaf. I got notes f leather and wet earth on the wrapper and a more vegetal earthiness on the foot. There is always some discussion about the proper way to prepare an LFD Chisel for smoking--punch, cut, pinch--but I prefer to cut a bit of the end with my Xikar MTX Multitool. The angle of the curvature just seems tailor-made for the job. I got a nice chocolatey sweetness on the cold draw.
The DL blend always has an intense start and this one was no different--heavy, thick smoke with leather, earth and dark chocolate on the palate along with a violently peppery burn on the retrohale. It was a great counterpoint to the rainy fall weather in which I enjoyed the cigar. The middle third was pretty mellow with mostly chocolate and coffee flavors, although the body did not let up in the least.
In the end, the Chisel Maduro did not disappoint. If you are looking for a full-bodied, full-strength cigar that also possesses a huge amount of flavor, you need look no further. This one provided a great way to escape from work for a while during a rainy afternoon.