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.
La Flor Dominicana's Ligero line has long been a favorite of mine. With the Maduro OYA Sampler, LFD created a special version of this gem. The regular Ligero line has Dominican filler and binder along with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The Maduro version uses the same innards along with a Maduro wrapper of unknown origin (unknown to me, at least...if someone from La Flor wants to leave that information in a comment below, that would be most welcome). This beautiful, dark cigar was oily and veiny, with a leathery note on the body and an earthy barnyard aroma on the foot. After a quick, surgical maneuver with my Xikar VX, I got a sweet chocolatey prelight draw.
The first few puffs I took on this stogie were full-bodied and strong--but also very flavorful. I got a nice sweet chocolate taste and rich black coffee to balance it, all overlaying a deep earthiness. About halfway through the first third I got some strong anise notes as well. I paired this cigar with some George Dickel Tennessee Whisky and it proved to be a nice smooth accompaniment.
The L-300 Maduro had a nice mix of earth, chocolate, and anise through the second third, too. It turned out to be not the most complex cigar I have ever had, but definitely very tasty and powerful.