Litto Gomez Small Batch #4 (First Impressions)
I stopped by one of my favorite New Hampshire stores today to speak with Kurt (cigar maker of the 7-20-4 line) and I noticed a large crate of cigars that only one brand uses for cigars. Immediately I realized that they were the new Litto Gomez Small Batch #4 which after smoking a bunch of the Small Batch #3, I was quick to pick up a few to smoke.
I’m doing a “First Impressions” type of review which is basically a brief review of how my experience was without getting out the notepad and focusing on every minute aspect of the cigar. The Litto Gomez Small Batch #4 is 7 by 52 has a Dominican Pelo de Oro wrapper approximately a few years old and binder/filler from 2006. With an msrp of $18.50, the cigar costs about $1.50 more than the Small Batch #3. It is slightly longer, certainly has a dark wrapper and according to John from LFD, is essentially a new blend.
Lighting and cutting the cigar went without any issues and there was plenty of velvety smoke coming off of the foot. For the first half of the cigar I tasted few notes, mainly leather with a spicy finish on the tongue. At this point in the cigar, it had no evidence of reminding me of a Small Batch #3 which was full of sweet flavors. The ash held well and the burn line was even as can be. The second half took on more wood notes (some cedar), light leathery undertones but still maintaining a spice/peppery finish. Approaching the 2 hours mark and with less than one inch remaining, I concluded that I experienced what was representative of the Small Batch #4.
I must say that I expected a full bodied cigar but that wasn’t the case. I wasn’t overly impressed with the flavor profile but try following an act that deserves an encore, in this case the Small Batch #3. The cigar right now is a good cigar but with the small batch series, I don’t hold them to the same standard as with regular productions cigars. However, I would pick up a few of these and let them rest for 6 months and allow the flavor profile to come come together and give the Small Batch #4 a chance to become a great cigar. So pick up a few at your local shop and if they don’t have them, feel free to give Kurt at Twin’s Smoke Shop a call and tell him “Traveling Stogie” sent you!