When you think cigars, one of the few places you think a cigar company would hail from is Canada. The Dominion Cigar Company is from Canada and was founded by Steve Ricker. The Canadian based Dominion Cigar Company’s first release is the Black Lotus. Released in Canada in late 2014 and soon to be (if not already) released in Germany and the US. The cigar was blended with the help of the award-winning Ralph Montero from Alec Bradley.
This is a very nice looking cigar. There are a few minimal veins along the light brown wrapper. There is an abundant amount of tooth on the wrapper as well that gives it some charactor. A deeply applied double cap adorns the head of the Black Lotus. I am a fan of a triple cap, but a deeply applied double cap is nice as well; that allows for a deeper cut if needed. The band is almost a piece of art with nicely done scroll work as well as a beautiful black lotus as the centerpoint of the band. To be honest with you, I didn’t even know a black lotus even existed until I did some research on it. It is a very beautiful flower to say the least.
The foot has a strong aroma of hay, some cinnamon as well as some hints of earth & cocoa. The wrapper has more of an earthy and leathery aroma to it and is a lot lesser in strength compared to the foot’s aroma. Flavors of wood and straw are abundand in the prelight draw.
Wrapper: Honduran Colorado Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder: Honduran Sumatra
The prelight draw is darn near perfect, but leans a bit towards the loose side. Once some heat is put to the cigar, the draw did tighten up to right where I like a cigar to be at. The burn had some zigs and zags to it, but nothing major that needed any touching up or relights. The ashes held a while averaging about an inch plus before wanting to fall. Each ash had dirty white shades as well as some dark gray hues.
Right at the get-go, this cigar has some nice bits of creaminess with a nice amount of pepper that adds a bit of spiciness to the smoke. Its nothing spectacular to have a creamy smoke, but to add a nice bit of spice and not go crazy with it is an art form many can’t understand. A ways into the first portion, I start to notice a bit of sweetness and a woodsy note as the smoke looks to take a bit of a turn darker.
Shortly before the halfway point, a bitter note arises and is not all too favorable. This bitter flavor doesn’t last too long and when its all said and done, the earth flavors that I detected in the foot show up. Along with the earthiness comes hints of wood and roasted nuts. The sweetness has lessened now as well as some of the spiciness. Heading into the last third, I start to taste some slightly bitter coffee notes in the smoke that take the spiciness to an even lesser level.
The bitter coffee note was short lived and the roasted nut notes from before takes its place as the main note. The earthiness is still there and is holding tight in the background as the sweetness and spiciness is just about gone in the smoke. Ending the cigar, the wood notes comes back into the flavors and is fairly potent, but not overbearing. The cigar ends nicely and with a pretty strong strength to it, but not harsh at all.
I enjoyed this cigar a pretty good bit! The creamy yet spicy flavors were spot on and made for a good smoke. The well constructed cigar gave me no major issues. Since it has not been released in the US yet. I can’t say if its a good value or not, but it worth a try for sure. The body is a heavy medium to light full with matching flavor strength. This cigar offered a good amount of complexity that wasn’t too fast changing, but had enough change to keep me interested in the smoke.
*This cigar was provided to me, unsolicited, from Dominion Cigars for this review. Many thanks to those great people for the opportunity to review this cigar!