So yesterday I had the fortune of sitting down with Litto Gomez when he stopped by my local tobacconist. I was actually out running at the time, and when I heard he was there I sprinted the half mile home to shower, drive over there and catch him. We all sat down, smoked cigars, ate lunch and chatted about anything you can think of. Yes we talked about cigars, but like any conversation with cigar smokers, you often talk about other things then cigars. When I came in I didn’t know what to grab to smoke, but since Phil has the Litto Gomez Diez Vintage 2018 smokes in I could not resist. At the time I smoke the Chisel Puro, but before that I had been smoking the Lusitano preparing for a review. I find it fitting now that I pop out the review given that I was just smoking a La Flor smoke with the man behind them less than 24 hours ago.
I have talked about two other vitolas in the Litto Gomez Diez portfolio in the past, the Chisel Puro and Americano, but today I am going to be focusing on a vitola that has always grabbed the attention of Litto Gomez Diez smokers in every shop I have been in, the Lusitano The Lusitano is the Toro vitola of the line, and it measures 6” with a 54 ring gauge. Like all Litto Gomez Diez smokes, the cigar is composed of entirely Dominican tobacco, and for the 2018 batch the cigar is composed of tobacco grown on Litto’s La Canela Farm in 2008. I had the fortune of sitting down with Litto the other day and the best was talking about his farm and the soil in La Canela. Jazz, the local La Flor rep. remarked on how “clean” the soil was. The cigar has a beautiful rustic coloring to it, and it is definitely a Colorado in coloring. There is some tooth present on the wrapper, and it is very firm in hand. To touch it is smooth and slightly coarse, and at the foot of the cigar I am getting an aroma of raisins, chocolate, spices, earth and barnyard.
I light up the cigar and let the cigar warm up a little bit before I begin to assess the smoke. When I get a little into the first third, and there is a small ash developed I begin to get all the flavors from the cigar. I am picking up some definite spices to the cigar, and it is showing some red pepper notes with that. There are some leather flavors present with that, and also some coffee and cocoa notes. The earthy qualities are present with the cigar, and there is this damp salty wood flavor with the finish. It’s really a well-balanced cigar, and there are a lot of flavors all over the place. The strength of the cigar is at a solid medium body level right now, and with that producing a good amount of smoke. The ash that is developing is showing a light gray coloring to it, and with that a fairly even burn line.
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When I get into the second third of the cigar the strength level begins to increase some, and with that it is playing off the flavors very well. It seems appropriate to have a stronger strength level with this cigar, and the flavors seem to fit it better. The cigar is really showing some meaty characteristics in this third, and it is pairing wonderfully with the spice and red pepper notes. I am still getting that salty wood flavor, and there is this creamy characteristic to the cigar as well. The earth and cocoa notes have faded some in this third, but are still present in a subtle way in the background. The cigar is burning perfectly in this third, and with the razor sharp burn line I am getting that light gray, nearly white ash. The strength level has reached that medium full level, and it is a strength level that I enjoy with a cigar. The biggest pro to the cigar is that everything is balanced.
Entering the final third of the cigar, it is finishing wonderfully. All of those flavors from the first and second third are still present, and it is making for a balanced and very complex finish. The earthy and cocoa notes have made a return in this third, and with that I am picking up lots of Asian Spice notes. There is some definite nutty notes present in this third as well, and of course red and black pepper notes. The salty wood notes have faded some, but there is still that wood and leather flavor profile. The strength level of the cigar is remaining at that medium full level, and this is a great cigar for the afternoon or evening in my opinion. The cigar burned perfectly all the way through the final third, and the final draws of the smoke were cool and flavorful producing an abundance of flavors.
When you smoke a Litto Gomez Diez I sometimes struggle to smoke another smoke by La Flor Dominican or even a Dominican puro. I can always smoke a Small Batch, that cigar is an exception, but it is hard to beat a Dominican puro like the Litto Gomez Diez. Like the Cien Anos, these are cigars that exemplify the best of Dominican tobacco. I know some will argue the Opus-X counterpart, but I do not think those cigars can go head to head with a Litto Gomez Diez when they are first released. The Litto Gomez Diez 2018 has been a balanced cigar, in the sizes I smoked, and with that very flavorful. The strength level is always consistent from year to year, and I will definitely throw these in the back of the humidor to age with my Litto Gomez Diez smokes from past year releases. I give this cigar a 91, and while it is not my preferred vitola in the line, it is one of the more popular ones.