The Litto Gomez Chisel was introduced in 2003, and since then has become a favorite vitola among cigars smokers. Once you see the unique shape you will know why. There are four other vitolas in this line, and they all consist of tobacco grown on Gomez’s La Canela farm in the Dominican Republic. Anyone who knows tobacco knows that it’s not easy to grow shade grown wrapper in the Dominican Republic, but Litto has seemed to master it, as evidenced by how his cigars smoke.

The Chisel shape was extremely innovative when it was first released to the cigar world. The story goes that Litto Gomez was driving into work one day, and as he was chewing on a Pyramid shaped cigar, he suddenly realized that the shape that resulted from his chewing felt extremely good in his mouth.

From a Cigar Aficionado article:

This way it goes into the mouth in a perfect way, very comfortable. I think it even fits better than a torpedo or a pyramid. It also allows you to smoke a big ring gauge cigar without filling your mouth.

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  • Cigar Reviewed: Litto Gomez Diez Chisel Puro
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Flor S.A.
  • Wrapper: Dominican Republic
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Size: 5 1/2 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Vitola: Chisel
  • MSRP: $11.00
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number Of Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

The Chisel shape is very easy to love. It’s very unique and feels wonderful in your mouth. The cigar has a milk chocolate wrapper you can tell was made with care. It’s a bit toothy and has some veins here and there yet it feels seamless and smooth at the same time. It’s one of the nicer shade grown wrappers I have seen. The cigar also has a nice firm pack.

Adding to that, this could go down as one of the best prelight aromas I have ever experienced. These have changed in a year. It has an extremely heavy chocolate aroma with tons of cinnamon and spice. I mean it literally smells like a basket of cinnamon potpourri. It also has a very meaty, spicy aroma to it. It reminds me of a cube of beef bouillon honestly. I can’t say I have ever experienced that before. All of this mixed is just a beautiful assault on my senses. The cold draw is full of cedar, cinnamon and an overall heavy tobacco taste.

Starting off into the first third I am getting a heavy dose of cedar and cinnamon. I have never had a cigar that taste so much like the cold draw as this does. There is also a spicy sensation on the tongue. It almost makes the tip of my tongue go numb for a second. After about 15 puffs or so the cigar takes on a bready like character, almost doughy. It also has a very rich feel to it. It’s very full-bodied, but medium in strength.

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Coming into the second third the spice has died down a lot. I am still getting a strong cedar and cinnamon combo and the finish is full of the bread flavor from the beginning but with a touch of pepper now. It has a long peppery finish. Still medium in strength and the smoke is still very rich but very cool and easy to smoke. The ash is holding on for a long time! You can see little specks of tooth in the ash as well.

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Reaching the final third the cinnamon note that has made up most of the cigar has completely died. The entire profile has changed a bit as well. While I am still getting a nice cedar flavor the cigar has turned a bit creamy and there is now a nice coffee note on the finish as well as a touch of leather. It always pleasing to see a cigar change in the final third. It keeps things interesting and exciting.

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Final Notes:

  • The shape is a huge plus for me. It is just a very comfortable shape, and feels perfect in your mouth.
  • While I loved this when it came out, I found it even more enjoyable two years later. The cigar has rounded out nicely and seems much more balanced and complex than I remember it.
  • Another huge plus for me was the way the smoke managed to stay so cool. Even to the nub it stayed a cool and rich smoke. It made it very easy to detect the flavors and enjoy its complexity.
  • Final smoking time was one hour and 50 minutes.
91 Overall Score

What can more can I say? The cigar was just fabulous. I noticed a definite change in the two years that it has been aging, in that I found it to be much more complex and well rounded. The flavors flowed perfectly and one flavor never overpowered any other. I can only imagine what this will taste like in the next few years. I think this is one of those cigars that is just destined for long term aging. If you come across any of these Chisels from 2008 or even earlier, grab them.

Steve Valle

Steve Valle wrote for Smoking Stogie, a precursor to halfwheel, from 2010-2011.