Sunday, August 2, 2009

Short reviews: Punch Chateau L Double Maduro, La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero

Been doing a lot of smokin' and not much reviewin' are a couple of stogies I had every intention of reviewing but never got around to doing.

Punch Chateau L Double Maduro (7.2" x 52)

A summer or two I discovered these long bad boys and thought I was in heaven-they seemed to suit me to a "T". I decided to break one out and see how they hold up to some of the other sticks I've been enjoying...

...And I found out that I liked them-though I don't love them anymore. You get a lot of smoke time with this stick and the flavor is great-a true maduro flavor with chocolate notes. The burn is perfect, the stick and band are attractive and the plumage is solid...but the bottom line is, I think my taste buds have changed a bit. I tend to prefer the sticks with more flavor and more "transitions"-I kept wanting this stogie to "do something". After I got over that and realized it wasn't, I still had an hour or more of smoking to do...and still enjoyed this guy. I'd give it a 3 on my 4 point scale now-it's a good stick, better than everyday, and premium in most ways that matter-but I won't be buying a box. There are just too many other sticks I'm enjoying more right now.

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero DL600 (5.1" x 52)

From Cigars International:

The latest from Lito Gomez and La Flor Dominicana.

Named for the strain of leaf called "ligero," which is a strong and peppery type of tobacco that gives many full-bodied cigars their oomph. As you might imagine from the name, La Flor Dominicana’s Ligero series is a strong, spicy and full-bodied smoke.

Double Ligero: Wrapped in a dark, Ecuadorian sun-grown leaf is a powerful blend of Dominican ligero fillers bound by a Dominican ligero binder. The result is a powerful, well-balanced smoked packed with a punch.

Was smoking this and watching 24, Season 7 with Michelle...and a thunderstorm rolled in and I had to bail on it 1/2 way. Damn shame, too. Michelle commented that it smelled "really good"-a rare thing for her to say about a stogie. The thing was peppery and charcoaly and really had some potentency...based on previous ones I've had, I know I missed out by having to flee the rain.

RTR Quickie Rating: 3 (out of 4): A really good stogie and one that I'll try again.