Coming off the all-important designation as Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year in 2016 (Andalusian Bull), La Flor Dominicana was widely expected to be among the most buzzed-about booths at IPCPR 2017. This is typically the result, with retailers rushing to get their hands on the industry’s hottest/most-requested brands—although this effect seemed to be amped up from the past two years, where the Cigar of the Year winners were not new cigars to the market.

LFD handled the added attention with a cool and calm head. For starters, their booth design and size remained the same as with years past. They didn’t rush anything, such as added sizes or maduro variants of Andalusian Bull. Instead, booth visitors were greeted with two new cigars—one is limited edition, the other a small-batch production that continues the style of La Nox and Andalusian Bull.

Nearly everything from LFD was on backorder and they don’t plan on changing their strategy of quality tobaccos and small batch production, meaning it could be quite some time before Andalusian Bull cigars become a common sight on humidor shelves.

Factory Press

LFD’s popular Factory Press is back for the first time since 2013. These cigars are known for their extreme box-press shape, which is achieved by leaving the cigars in the actual box press used in the factory. The cigars are individually separated in wooden trays of twelve cigars, which are then pressed with hand-turned machine presses in the Tabacalera La Flor factory. Typically, these cigars are removed from their presses after a few hours, where the cigars will regain a rounded shape to the square-pressed corners. Because the LFD Factory Press cigars are left in the factory press, the cigars feature a dramatic, square appearance.

Until this point, Factory Press cigars have been titled chronologically (I, II, III, etc.) but 2017’s edition is simply named “Factory Press.” The cigars utilize a new blend highlighted by the usage of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper for the first time on a Factory Press release. 36,000 cigars have been rolled for this limited edition release, which debuted in September.

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  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Filler: Dominican
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Flor S.A. (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: Limited Edition (300 boxes)
  • Packaging: 120-ct box
  • Vitola: 6½″ × 58
  • Price: $15.10 (MSRP)
  • Release: September, 2017

La Volcada

La Volcada was among the most highly anticipated releases from IPCPR 2017. Following in the nomenclature from 2016’s award-winning Andalusian Bull (where the cigars were named for Litto Gomez’s birthplace and the Spanish city’s heritage of bullfighting), La Volcada is named for Uruguay’s (where Lito grew up) claim to fame—the tango. Uruguay is often credited with the invention of the tango dance and La Volcada (translating to “the dip”) is a step in the dance. The La Volcada “dip” is illustrated on the cigar’s band.

Following in the style of 2015’s La Nox and 2016’s Andalusian Bull, La Volcada features a similar look/feel and is offered in a singular vitola. The cigars are said to be “a La Nox on steroids,” showing a similar profile of chocolates and spices, only amped up in spice, strength, and overall body. While La Nox used Mexican San Andrés in the binder, La Volcada displays the leaf as the wrapper. The cigar also shows similarities to Andalusian Bull by the usage of the Bull’s Corojo wrapper leaf, which is used on La Volcada’s binder. The blend is finalized by Dominican tobaccos harvested from LFD’s own farms in La Canela.

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  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Ecuadorian Corojo
  • Filler: Dominican
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Flor S.A. (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: Small Batch / Regular Production
  • Packaging: 20-ct box
  • Vitola: 7″ × 48 Churchill
  • Price: $12.00 (MSRP)
  • Release: October, 2017


  • La Nox Petite will now be sold in boxes of 50 cigars.
  • New packaging has been made for the original La Nox cigars, where the box will double as an ashtray. There will also be a bundle program for retailers/purchasers to save on costs if they already have the ashtray.
  • Colorado Oscuro has returned in the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 sizes. The cigars were reportedly offered to retailers for three weeks following the show and won’t be sold again until December at the earliest.

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