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Stogie Reviews: Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch No. 3

21 Sep 2010

LGSmallBatch3Litto Gomez’s Small Batch No. 2 was an extraordinary smoke, recognized as such when we named it our top cigar of 2009 in our exclusive best-of list sent out to email subscribers.

Following that success, Litto Gomez of La Flor Dominicana released the Small Batch No. 3 in late August. Excited to see how it measured up, I purchased a few samples from a local shop at a cost of $17 each (including tax and a 5% discount for CRA members).

Like it’s predecessors, the corona gorda-sized (6.75 x 52) cigar is a Dominican puro made with tobacco entirely from La Flor Dominicana’s farms. The wrapper is extraordinarily oily, much more so than the Small Batch No. 2, with a dark reddish shine.

None of the samples have any soft spots or noticeable deficiencies in appearance. A pre-light draw reveals a unique and interesting combination of plum, wood, and earth.

Once lit, the deliberate draw gives way to chewy leather and cedar. As the cigar progresses, it shows yeasty flavors and subtle cherry notes. It’s a medium- to full-bodied smoke that is well balanced. Pepper is only apparent when you retro-hale the dense smoke. Construction is flawless with a notably sturdy dark ash.

This is an excellent smoke, and inevitably it will be compared to earlier versions of the Small Batch. When measured against that high bar, though, the third edition, however formidable, is not as complex as its predecessors.

Still, with well-balanced rich flavors, the latest Small Batch is a fantastic cigar to enjoy with a fine rum or glass of whiskey. That’s why the Litto Gomez Small Batch No. 3 earns four stogies out of five.

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Patrick S

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3 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch No. 3”

  1. Skip Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    Can't find a smoke that Litto makes that I don't like. Honestly I don't think he could of topped the Small Batch 2. That was a top 5 all-time cigar.

  2. SFVenue Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    Agreed with the statement that the #3 is not as good as it predicesors. Personally #2 was the best la flor I've ever smoked. The imprint it left on me was a lasting one. Definitly one of those smokes that comes and makes you happy just to think about. The # 3 is still a great cigar but I personally believe it needs to rest just a while longer. Viva Litto!!!!!!!!!

  3. Bacca Cigar Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    Wish we could get some Littos for our online cigar store . Hard to get, but as I continue to hear — worth it.