IPCPR 2014: La Flor Dominicana

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There were no surprises from La Flor Dominicana as the company had announced all of its IPCPR releases just a few days before the trade show opened, other than the pleasant surprise of seeing them in person.

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With three cigar releases, it’s hard to pick one to start with, but with the company celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the 1994 seems like a fitting place to start. There are four regular production sizes: Aldaba (6 x 58, $8.30), Conga (5 x 52, $7.50), Mambo (7 x 54, $8.20) and Rumba (6 1/2 x 52, $7.80), all coming in boxes of 20. The wrapper is Mexican San Andrés while the binder and filler are from La Canela in the Dominican Republic. Shipping is expected to begin fairly soon, most likely within a few weeks of the close of the trade show. More details can be found here.

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As part of the 1994 line, there will also be a commemorative packaging option released in September, as LFD continues to create packaging options that pack a good initial wow factor, such as the Casa de Tabaco they used for the Air Bender maduro in 2011. Interestingly, the top of the jar actually mimics Litto Gomez’s iconic hat.

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Antonio Gomez continues his blending contribution to La Flor Dominicana’s portfolio with Capitulo II (pronounced dos), a 6 1/2 x 58 box-pressed chisel that uses a Nicaraguan colorado wrapper on top of an Ecuadorian habano binder and filler of Dominican tobacco. It will be packed in 10-count boxes, MSRP of $10.70 per cigar and $107.00 per box, and it will be a limited edition, though specific numbers have not been specified. More about it here.

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LFD Salomones are back for 2014, still at least a few weeks away from hitting stores but looking as good as ever.

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Then there’s the Digger ashtray, and like the cigar it shares a name with, it’s hard to appreciate its size without seeing it person.

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Sadly, no cigar scissors were on hand for us to photograph–Antonio Gomez says the company is still working with prototypes to get things just right, but they remain in the plans for later in the year.

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