In 2006, La Flor Dominicana released the Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch, a cigar made with tobacco from a single farm in the Dominican Republic. Since then, the series has grown to five releases with the most recent debuting last year. While each of the releases use tobacco from the same farm, what sets them apart is the vintage of the tobacco and the size of the cigar, both of which can dramatically influence the flavor.
Here is what I said about the Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch No. 2 in my original review back in 2009:
While this was a fairly complex cigar in terms of taste, I can’t help but think that the muted pepper—most like due to aging—hurt the overall smoke. I think a bit more pepper would have increased the contrast between the flavors and made it more enjoyable. Still a very good cigar, but not as good as it could have been. Having said that, I did enjoy it, and have some more that I will not be getting rid of.
- Cigar Reviewed: Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch No. 2
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Factory: Tabacalera La Flor S.A.
- Wrapper: Dominican Sumatra
- Binder: Dominican Republic
- Filler: Dominican Republic
- Size: 6 1/2 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 54
- Vitola: Toro Extra
- MSRP: $16 (Cabinets of 105, $1,510)
- Release Date: 2007
- Number of Cigars Released: 285 Cabinets of 105 Cigars (30,000 Total Cigars)
- Number of Cigars Smoked For Redux: 1
The Litto Gomez Small Batch No. 2 is covered in a dark espresso brown wrapper that is fairly rough and bumpy to the touch and still exhibits a good bit of oil even after all these years. It is a little more firm then I expect when squeezed, and the cap seems to be sloppily applied. Aroma coming off of the wrapper is strong and sweet cedar, leather, earth and chocolate and the cold draw brings notes of oak, cream, coffee and leather.
Immediately after lighting the Litto Gomez Small Batch No. 2, I am struck with a strong and district flavor of sweet marshmallow that is dominant, along with other notes of wood, creamy leather, earth, espresso and a good bit of milk chocolate. The sweetness does dissipate a bit as the cigar progresses, but is still strong enough to really impact the profile. A great amount of black pepper on the retrohale is also noticeable and it too seems to be less strong as the second half approaches. During the second half the sweetness morphs into more of a caramel flavor, while there is less black pepper on the retrohale and no spice at all. The other notes ebb and flow until the end of the smoke, including leather, earth, espresso, milk chocolate and a bit of hay.
Construction-wise, the burn is excellent for the entire stick, but the despite the resistance when squeezed, the draw was just a bit more open then I like. Overall smoke production was fairly small in the first third, but picked up nicely after that, and became quite copious towards the end. The ash is flaky, but not overly so, and holds on for a respectable inch and a half or so at a time before falling. The strength starts off fairly mild, and while it picks up as the cigar progresses, it still ends up only reaching slightly stronger than medium.
This was one of my first reviews for my then new SmokingStogie.com and I have kept a few more of these from the original sticks I purchased specifically to do a redux at some point. At this point in its life, the Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch No. 2 features an extremely balanced profile, is not too strong and the sweetness that is present throughout the smoke is never loses its distinctness, changing flavors noticeably at about the halfway point. In fact, the combination of marshmallow and carmel sweetness—albeit at different points in the cigar—and other notes of earth, creamy leather and chocolate are really what make this cigar. I only wish I had a full cab of these to keep smoking.