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For My Humidor | Litto Gomez

Co-Owner and Founder of La Flor Dominicana (LFD)

Boveda’s professional relationships with cigar greats give you insider access to them, too. And who’s hotter than Litto Gomez? Litto is renowned for his innovative cigar sizes and shapes. And inspiration is everywhere! Litto’s trademarked Chisel was inspired by the founder chewing on the end of a cigar and liking the mouth feel. Equal to his artistry is the homegrown tobacco that’s blended into LFD smokes.

Treat Yourself to an LFD Chisel, My Friend

LFD Chisel Cigars

Litto Gomez invented the highly specialized cigar shape, the Chisel, whose tip is a wedge, tapered like its namesake woodworking tool. The Chisel feels fantastic in your mouth and a delivers a unique draw. Keep your LFDs tasting great by storing them with Boveda humidor packets.

Everything that you learn, at some point in your life, you’re always going to use it.

While we were at LFD in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Litto sat down with us under the palms. He opened up about his beginnings, his challenges and his innovations. Learn how hard labor laid the groundwork for this premium beyond-the-boom cigar brand.

Authentic is what comes to mind when you spend any time at all with La Flor Dominicana’s Litto Gomez. Join Litto for a smoke on the patio in his cigar paradise and you’ll feel like you’re with a storyteller uncle instead of a biggie in the cigar industry.

Unlike most cigar makers, Litto wasn’t raised with a tobacco birthright. (No trust fund, either.) Just a leap in the dark for a former jewelry store retailer and his wife, Ines Lorenzo-Gomez. A leap into the cigar boom, that is.

In 1994, the Gomez family began making cigars in The Dominican Republic. Two years later, they evolved the brand into La Flor Dominicana. While many start-ups capitalized on the cigar renaissance through quick growth, Team Gomez moved carefully and methodically. They learned, they survived, they thrived.

LFD’s consistency is possible because the Gomez Family personally supervises every stage of production—from farming to manufacturing to distribution.

Litto Gomez in the LFD Tobacco Field

LFD owns its own tobacco fields at La Canela, in the heart of The Dominican Republic’s tobacco growing region, Valle de Cibao. Litto described the farm as a big blending room—it’s where LFD cigars start. About 70% of the tobacco the brand produces is raised on its own land.

La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull Cigar

La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull was named Cigar Aficionado’s 2016 Cigar of the Year. Litto likened the feeling to being recognized as Bus Boy of the Year at a restaurant when he was younger.

LFD gardens

Bigger digs = more sticks. An expansion to the LFD factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic, was complete in 2018. Now Litto & Co. expect to make 4.5 million cigars a year. That means more LFD Double Ligeros, Air Benders and Oros! BRING. IT. ON.

LFD Cigars packaged with Boveda and sealed.

Boveda is the final guarantee that LFD cigars get to you at the proper humidity level. Boxing LFD cigars with Boveda 2-way humidity control is how Litto ensures quality and consistency. You can keep protecting the cigars by storing them with Boveda in your humidor. Use this handy calculator to find out what Boveda packs you should order.

How to Age and Store Premium Cigars with Boveda

“Boveda works two ways. If the cigars are a little bit too humid, Boveda will take care of it. If they are too dry, Boveda will take care of it,” Litto said.

Cigar makers, like Litto ship their hand-rolled cigars in boxes with Boveda. Cigar smokers also use the 2-way humidity packs inside their humidors to maintain a stable relative humidity (RH). Stable RH is important because humidity swings affect the flavor and character of cigars. To keep cigars from drying out, Boveda automatically releases pure water vapor into a humidor if humidity dips. If the moisture climbs above the ideal RH, Boveda absorbs that moisture. Learn how to use Boveda with cigars here.

    Lessons from Litto Gomez

    MAKE IT GOOD OR DON’T SELL IT. Litto had to learn the cigar business from scratch. Before he was able to sell a single stick, Litto destroyed more than 40,000 subpar cigars. They were very too inconsistent. “I could not let consumers pay for my mistake,” Litto said.

    BUILD YOUR NETWORK. As an outsider, Litto turned to José “Jochy” Blanco of Tabacalera Palma for guidance. When Litto was just starting out, Jochy’s supervisors even worked Saturdays to train Litto’s staff. At cigar industry gatherings, more experienced cigar makers readily touted their craftsmanship while trying to one-up each other. Neophyte Litto listened and absorbed the industry knowledge.

    NO EXPERIENCE IS WASTED. From tire maker to cabinet market to premium cigar maker? Litto toiled in a lot different industries before getting into the cigar biz. “I learned something from every job that I worked in,” Litto said.

    STAY OPEN TO INSPIRATION. LFD’s bowling pin shaped El Jockos are named after cigar retailer Jacko Headblade, who attempted to ride one of Litto’s donkeys on the tobacco farm.