I’m not the first person, nor the last person who will write about this cigar. However, I am certain I am one of many who wondered if I was going to die of a heart attack while smoking this cigar.
Fortunately for my children, I didn’t finish it because I am convinced I was have a cardiac arrest if I didn’t put it down ASAP.
Enter the La Flor Dominicana N.A.S. (Nasty Ass Shit)
This cigar deviates from everything LFD except for one element, the liberal use of ligero leaf. LFD has a history of blending powerful cigars as seen in the Double Ligero, Capitulo II and the Oro.
The N.A.S. simply takes the idea of a ‘powerful cigar’ overboard in the same way the Dodge Tomahawk did for motorcycles. If you are not familiar with the Dodge Tomahawk, it is a motorcycle with a V10 Dodge Viper engine strapped to it; to date no one has tried road testing this very real bike.
Unfortunately, many of us have tried the N.A.S. and probably would have fared much better if we took our chances on a Tomahawk instead.
Why is the N.A.S. so strong?
Traditionally, ligero leaf is better suited for the inner strands of the filler due to its coarseness, slow burn and intense flavor. This leaf is harvested from the top of the tobacco plant, just under the corona.
Due to its direct and prolonged contact with the sunlight, its concentration of flavor and nicotine is greater than the lower level leaves.
Too much of a good thing is a phrase LFD ignored while making this cigar because it is 100% ligero; wrapper, binder and filler. From here, you can only one up with ad nicotine IV.
The cigar itself is a Cheroot vitola, meaning it is hand rolled without using any cigar molds. This process results in a cigar that doesn’t appear uniform from one cigar to the next and looks ‘handmade’ in the most literal sense.
Pelo de Oro is the plant from which the ligero leaf is harvested. This particular plant was once outlawed in Cuba after several issues with contracting mold and destroying neighboring harvests. But improved farming and handling practices have seen a resurgence of this once obscure plant.
Looking at the rough hand rolled Cheroot coupled with thick, dark and venous ligero leaves; the final product doesn’t scream, “smoke me.”
Especially when the cigar band looks nothing like the ornate LFD bands you are used to, instead you get a basic black and red band that reads, LFD N.A.S.
It’s not even listed on the LFD website!
What did I learn from smoking this cigar? That I am not the cigar smoking badass I thought I was. Instead, I am approaching middle age and highly conscious about my ticker malfunctioning and you couldn’t pay me enough to smoke one of these all the way through.
While smoking it, you get a heavy dose of bitter nicotine with muted spice. Imagine eating a spoonful of walnut shells topped with paprika and roasted to a cinder, then crushed to a powder; then you will get an idea of what this cigar tastes like. Asides from the
flavor assault on your taste buds, you immediately feel the high dose of nicotine invading your system. God forbid you try to smoke this on an empty stomach like I did, because nausea and dizziness will ensue quickly.
I smoked this cigar to about its first third and then put it down. It just made me feel like crap and the smoking experience nor flavor were good enough for me to keep puffing on it.
In LFD’s defense, the idea wasn’t to make a delicious, savory cigar. Therefore there are two issues with the review of this cigar, one I didn’t finish this cigar and two this cigar is in its own category.
I would love to learn about your experience with this cigar, if you have tried it, then go ahead and share your feedback in the comments section.