Review: Litto Gomez Diez Vintage 2012 Galego
In 1999, We challenged ourselves to produce a cigar that was made entirely with tobacco grown on our farm. We knew it was a difficult task, because it implied growing our own wrapper. The investment was big and the risk too. But the most difficult part was the waiting. The process of fermentation and aging took more years than we expected. We tested this blend month after month for three years. Just to be disappointed because it was not ready but at the same time happy because we would taste the progress. Finally the waiting is over, today we can celebrate this great achievement. The flavor and complexity of the LG’s are everything that we anticipated. We hope you enjoy these great cigars.
Litto Gomez Diez Vintage is released annually with dates on the bands and now consist of ten standard vitolas:
- Litto Gomez Diez Vintage Americano — 5 3/4 x 46
- Litto Gomez Diez Vintage Chisel Puro — 5 1/2 x 54
- Litto Gomez Diez Vintage Cubanito — 4 1/4 x 48
- Litto Gomez Diez Vintage Cubano — 5 x 50
- Litto Gomez Diez Vintage Dominicano — 6 7/8 x 50
- Litto Gomez Diez Vintage Galego — 6 1/4 x 60
- Litto Gomez Diez Vintage Lancero — 7 x 38
- Litto Gomez Diez Vintage Lusitano — 6 x 54
- Litto Gomez Diez Vintage Oriental — 4 7/8 x 40
- Litto Gomez Diez Vintage Paisano — 5 1/2 x 52
And the particulars.
Cigar Reviewed: Litto Gomez Diez Vintage 2012 Galego
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera La Flor S.A.
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 1/4 Inches
Ring Gauge: 60
MSRP: $12.80 (Boxes of 24, $307.20)
Release Date: February 12, 2012
Number of Cigars Released: n/a
Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 2
It’s large. It’s got a nice milk cocoa wrapper, although there are a bit more veins than average. There’s a slight box-press to the foot of the Galegos, but it’s still quite round overall. Aroma is nuts and cedar, medium, rather reminiscent of some of the old school La Flors. From the foot there’s cereal, grain and cocoa; very sweet and smooth. Cold draw is predictably open with some cocoa, aged tobacco, decent fruits and a heavy cereal note.
The first third of the Galego begins with grain and red wine notes that quickly shifts to a nuttiness with some cedar and a bit of sourness. Unlike many of Litto Gomez’s creations, there’s no pepper to speak of, at least not at the beginning. Eventually that changes with a great combination of cedar, nuts, a secondary caramel note and a mixture of red and black peppers dominating the profile. Similar to my comments on the aroma reminding me of some Litto’s less-talked about lighter creations, the Galego is also remarkably smooth and clean on the palate, but more so shockingly very passive.
Into the second third and it becomes clear not a lot is changing. The pepper becomes a bit more detailed shifting to much more of a black pepper note, but the core is still the cedar and nuttiness. There’s a bit of a coffee note developing, but really the Galego’s changes are minimal. Unfortunately on this particular example, the cigar began to have issues burning consistently and began requiring touch-ups. The draw was always open, which isn’t terribly unexpected given the format, but it really doesn’t become a problem until the middle portions.
The final third is much like the second, which means it’s also much like the first. One welcomed change is a ramping up of the flavors from the medium-full that it was for the beginning portions into a solid full. Unfortunately, the coffee note seems to go nowhere, although there are glimpses of caramel in one of the examples. After smoking two of these, I sort of know what’s coming and with a bit over an inch left, there’s not much point going on in my opinion.
The Bottom Line:
- Of all the confusing names in the cigar industry, this one just might be the most confusing. The cigars look nearly identical and quite honestly unless you line them up to one another, the quarter inch is negligible. I should also note the bands are different with the dates. Regardless, another name would have been a smart move in my mind.
- According to Tony Gomez, the Galego is the most limited of the ten vitolas released this year.
- Oddly at this point 6 1/4 x 60 just seems large, far from the shocking monstrosity it once was.
- The concept of single farm vintages is becoming more and more common, perhaps most notably in the Tatuaje La Vérité.
- Despite the passive flavor profile and body, this is a pretty full cigar when it comes to strength. See more on that below.
- As has been documented numerous times before, I am a Lancero smoker. I’ve smoked a few different Litto Gomez Diez Vintage vitolas and they are all different with this being the mildest to date because of the aforementioned passivity. The Galego seems like it would be entirely overwhelmed by a robust coffee in my opinion.
- Not all Litto Gomez Diez banded cigars are the same, as there are actually a few different series, including Small Batch.
- If you read Steve’s review and are wondering why the experiences are so different, there’s quite a few possibilities. First, these are different vintages and as such different tobacco. Secondly, these aren’t identical sizes, although that seems to be a less of an explanation. Also, two different people reviewing.
- Construction was good: an inch and a half of white ash, a decent burn and above average smoke production. My main issue was the draw.
- Final smoking time was on average two hours and 20 minutes.
- If you’d like to purchase the Litto Gomez Diez Vintage 2012 Galego, site sponsor Tobacco Locker has them in stock with free shipping. In addition site sponsors Casa de Montecristo (630.834.7777), Federal Cigar (877.424.4270) and Tobacco Grove (763.494.6688) all carry La Flor Dominicana. Don’t forget to tell them halfwheel sent you.
The Bottom Line: Outside of the ring gauge, this was actually pretty enjoyable. Besides the format, my largest issue with this cigar is the flavor profile, body and strength all combine into something a bit awkward. The Litto Gomez Diez 2012 Galego is strong enough that most will want to enjoy this after the meal, but features a flavor profile that, while strong, is quite delicate. Furthermore, the aforementioned passivity complicates manners even more and means that fans of Litto’s normal body of work might be a bit taken back. However, if you enjoy strength, large vitolas and are looking for a morning cigar; your answer awaits. Oddly, despite a series of things that still don’t make sense to me, this was quite enjoyable, enough that a five-pack seems in order.
Final Score: 87