In 2012 La Flor Dominicana released a new line, the Double Claro. Â Double Claro is nothing more than the proper name for the wrapper we know as candela. Â The LFD Double Claro is a big departure from the very dark and usually oily wrappers we see most often on LFD cigars. Â Another differentiator is that most candela cigars are seasonal or limited release, the LFD Double Claro is a full production core line product. Â The Double Claro comes in three vitolas and ranges in price from $6.50 – $8.00 depending on location.
Vitolas: Three vitolas are currently available in the Double Claro line, a #42 5.5×42, #48 7×48, and the #50 5×50.
Blend: Wrapper: Ecuadorian Double Claro
Appearance: To say that the LFD Double Claro is green would be an understatement! Â This cigar is very green, pale green. Â The cigar is solid throughout, the cap is well constructed and the veins are minimal.
Pre-Light: The prelight examination showed a sweet earthy note on the wrapper of the LFD Double Claro. Â The foot of the cigar gave a baked goods, sweet bread like note with a cold draw that was earthy and floral.
1st Third: The Double Claro opens up very smooth and mild, just a hint of spice is noticeable. Â The primary flavors in the beginning are a bread note and some vegetal flavors, not grassy, but close.
2nd Third: As I move into the second third of the LFD Double Claro I do not notice much of a change in the profile. Â The flavors do however intensify and become more defined, there is a definite increase in the depth of flavor.
Last Third: The last third of the LFD Double Claro picks up some more spice than the previous thirds. Â The sweetness begins to dissipate and a wood flavor comes to the front, a distinct oak flavor. Â The cigar remains smooth and mellow, just on the upper end of mild, lower end of medium in strength.
Construction: The construction on the La Flor Dominicana Double Claro was on par with what you expect from LFD. Â The cigar was solid and performed great.
Burn: Â There were never any issues with the burn of the Double Claro, it burned straight and even throughout. Â The cigar produced ample smoke and never became hot or harsh.
Final Assessment: Â The LFD Double Claro is by far one of the best and most consistent candela cigars on the market today. Â This cigar has the mild notes and delicate flavors that you look for with a candela while also bringing enough strength to keep a smoker of any level interested. Â This is definitly a morning cigar, perfect for that first cup of coffee. Â I have no problem at all recomending this cigar as one that should be kept in the rotation.