Dominion Black Lotus Toro

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Brand Dominion
Name Black Lotus
Vitola Toro
Country of Origin Honduras
Wrapper/Filler/Binder Honduran Colorado Habano/Nicaraguan & Honduran/Honduran Sumatra
Box Code n/a
Date Smoked October 4, 2014
Paired With Hoyne Wolf Vine
Tasting Notes Great construction & complexity in spades. Nice cigar!

 

I was lucky enough to receive a couple of samples recently of the brand new Black Lotus by Dominion Cigars. Dominion’s story is especially interesting as they are a Canadian company based out of New Westminster, BC. The cigar smoked for this review was their Toro measuring in at 6X50.

The cigar was blended by Steve Ricker (owner of Dominion) and Ralph Montero. Montero normally blends for Alec Bradley and blended their very well known Prensado.

It’s a great looking cigar. The wrapper is a beautiful rich, deep brown. The cigar is extremely firm to the touch. I was initially worried it might be too tightly rolled but this was not an issue. Overall, Dominion has done a brilliant job on the aesthetics…it’s a beautiful looking cigar!

On the pre-light the wrapper smells quite sweet with some musty, earthy notes. I give it a punch. The cold draw reveals earthy, nutty characteristics. I light it up and the draw is excellent from the beginning. Definitely no wind-tunnel here. The first few draws are very enjoyable exhibiting a creamy, full body. There is a little bit of pepper lingering on the finish. There is a nice, oily mouth feel produced from this cigar. The first third of this cigar remains enjoyable with these notes.

The second third changes up a little bit and there is some salty notes coming into the mix. I also detect something that reminds me of black licorice. Unfortunately, at this point the cigar becomes quite sour tasting. Perhaps it is slightly over humidified? I continue smoking and some earthy and nutty notes appear. I give the cigar a purge and eat a little chocolate to see if I can get the sourness to go away as it is not very enjoyable at this point!

Gladly, as I enter the final third the sourness does go away and the cigar improves dramatically. The profile shifts again at this point and some dry cocoa and mint notes appear. There is definitely some complexity to this cigar if you stick with it. I honestly considered pitching it at the half way mark due to the sourness but I’m glad I persevered! The final third was very enjoyable.

I would peg this cigar as medium to full bodied, with low strength. I did not catch a nicotine buzz from this cigar. That being said, I did have a big lunch beforehand. Construction on the cigar was perfect. There were no touchups or relights required.

Overall, an excellent job by Dominion I would say. These cigars will be available in 3 vitolas. Toro (6 x 50), Robusto (5 x 52) and Gordo (6 x 60). I think you will start seeing these in stores soon so please do consider supporting this Canadian cigar company!

 

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Breakdown

89 Very Good

Great construction & complexity in spades. Nice cigar!

  • Appearance 91
  • Construction 92
  • Flavour 84
  • User Ratings (9 Votes) 53
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