If you are not familiar with the Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) brand of premium handmade Dominican cigars, then you don’t know what you are missing. They are complex, flavorful, full-bodied smokes that will rock your palate, for sure.
Up until recently I didn’t know much about the company or the cigars until I was invited to attend a DBL event at Mane Street Cigars in Woodbridge, NJ on Friday, May 16. The story behind the brand and the founder is quite fascinating. DBL was founded by Master Blender Francisco Almonte who worked for Arturo Fuente and Litto Gomez of La Flor Dominicana. At age 37 he decided to start his own blend, hence the birth of DBL. The name Dominican Big Leaguer comes from Almonte’s love for baseball, plus he worked side by side with two “big leaguers” in the industry in Fuente and Gomez. The company is just about one year old and the cigars are made in Almonte’s own factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic.
When I first met DBL she was nestled up comfortably in her box on display for all to ogle during her special event. She was dressed appropriately in a very seductive San Andres, Mexican Maduro wrapper that was dark chocolate brown in color. Her alluring body was impeccable – well packed, hefty and without flaw from head to toe. She had a slightly oily sheen that enhanced her small veins and toothy body to the point where I could no longer control my urges. Her body was packed with Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers that were enveloped by a Dominican binder – the perfect combination for a fun and feisty princesa.
Her pre-lighted perfume of earth and cedar whetted my appetite until the cold draw of strong cedar revealed even more elicit temptations. Not wasting any more precious time, I massaged her well-packed foot with a gentle toast and softly kissed her shoulder while firing her up with a cedar spill.
The initial few puffs were pleasant and memorable. She offered bit of spice during these opening kisses but then mellowed out nicely. Not overpowering by any means, but a pleasant peppery spice that left me yearning for more. I like my Latinas with a little spicy ‘tude. It adds a little extra enjoyment to the night. However, as I worked my way down this well-constructed bombshell, her spice started to disappear. At this point in our rendezvous, she was offering me a very earthy base with that delectable cedar flavor I gathered from our pre-light foreplay.
The second third of our tryst really started to heat up. The middle of this dame produced some delectable, complex flavors that screamed, ‘WOW’. She started to feel real comfortable with me and opened up her flavor profile beautifully. I soaked in all the savory flavors of earth, espresso, a little bit of that opening pepper, and cedar. The earth and cedar continued in the forefront but notes of sweetness lingered on my lips. The smoke was creamy and chewy to compliment her flavors perfectly. This heartthrob offers more than just physical beauty. She packs some serious depth and richness to her profile. Her complex flavors coat the palate like a snuggly blanket on this rain-soaked New Jersey evening.
The smoke output was impeccable and aromatic. Billowing clouds of thick creamy smoke danced about the cigar lounge. This little lady was the perfect date – maintenance free. Her draw was perfect and she produced a razor sharp char line that formed a tight, light charcoal colored ash that grew to about two inches. She didn’t need a single touch up. In fact, I only had to ash thrice throughout our entire tryst.
final third of our evening together continued nicely. The night cap revealed more robust and hearty flavors of espresso, earth, cedar and a hint of spice. Her feisty personality became a little bolder when her strength started to ramp up a bit during our night cap. This is definitely where she earned her reputation for being a lady of full strength. Like many full flavored Latinas, the flavors grew stronger as I approached the nub. However, she continued to leave a long, clean finish on my palate that didn’t ‘nuke’ my taste buds or ruin the reputation of this delectable princesa.
This cigar is right up there with the best of the best. I truly enjoyed the Dominican Big Leaguer and highly recommend it to those who love a full flavored cigar full of strength. She is well constructed, offers a flavor profile that is to die for and emits plumes of smoke that smell just as good as she tastes. This Latina is not available online so be sure to grab a stick the next time you see her gracing the shelves of your local tobacconist.
I paired this stick with a dark, robust coffee. The pairing was heavenly. The rich flavor profile of earth, cedar and espresso in the cigar paired beautifully with the strong, robust flavors of the coffee.
Dominican Big Leaguer
Blended by Francisco Almonte
Wrapper: San Andres, Mexico
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican