|Colorado Oscuro No. 4|
I have smoked several of La Flor's cigars, and I can tell you that every wrapper is always gorgeous and oily, and the same is for this cigar. The wrapper is just amazing to look at, and it is incredibly oily as well. It has some minor veins present throughout but it takes nothing away from the oily toothy wrapper. The cigar is very firm in hand, and has a wonderful aroma of leather, raisins, chocolate and barnyard. As I light up the first third of the cigar it shows these pleasant wood and fruit notes, and has a finish of chocolate and leather. The beginning is almost of moist fruit bread and very pleasant. The cigar is medium in body and really not too strong as some of his other smokes. I have found that most of La Flor's stuff have a great amount of strength which I love, but they also have a nice bit of flavor as well. I feel that this cigar is different than others because he really went for flavor and balance than strength. The cigar still has some strength, but not as much as others. When I get into the second third of the cigar the strength begins to rise some, and the flavors really develop more as well. It begins with these herbal wood notes and finishes with this chocolaty, meaty and leathery finish. There are still some raisin notes present, but it is a little more darker than before.
The cigar is still burning perfectly and remaining very balanced as I finish the second third, and I am looking forward to the final third. As I get into the final third of the cigar, the strength has definitely risen once more and the flavors have become darker as well. Rich earth notes are present up front with hints of chocolate and spice, and the cigar finishes with the leather and raisin flavors that were present at the beginning. It is still burning cool all the way to the nub, and at no point did it ever burn unevenly.
This cigar was truly enjoyable, and I found it a nice change of pace from most of La Flor's works. I would give this cigar a 92 rating, and really consider it to be a great middle of the day smoke. It has enough strength and flavor to satisfy my palate, but it is not too overpowering as a possible first cigar of the day. I would be interested to see how this cigar is in different vitola's, but so far, I think this size is absolutely awesome. I think Litto has definitely got a winner here, and it really sparks my interest on his other new releases. For all cigar smokers out there who want something medium in body and packed with nice flavors, this cigar is for you and I think you will find it being your everyday smoke. If you have the money I would definitely go with a cabinet purchase, and find nothing but joy 50 times over.