This week's review is of the new LFD Factory Press IV. This edition of the Factory Press measures in at 6 1/2 x60 and features a San Andreas wrapper, Ecuadorian binder and Dominican filler. These come in a large cabinet of 120 cigars with the cigars being layed out in trays of 12. The vitola of the Factory Press is really unique, being a very flat and extremely box pressed cigar.
The appearance and feel of this cigar is really unique with its odd flat shape. Overall it looks to be a well constructed cigar with a dark and silky wrapper. The aroma at the foot is of strait musty aged tobacco. Once clipped, the Factory Press IV has a great draw with some sweet flavors and some of that mustyness I smelled at the foot. Even at a 60 ring gauge this isn't an uncomfortable cigar because of the way it is pressed. Once lit this starts off very smooth with a small amount of black pepper, some sweetness and some great chocolate and woody flavors. This seems lighter on the palate than your average LFD but still very full flavored. There is just a little bit of a floral character around the edges as well that really round out the profile nicely. The burn has been even and I dropped the ash at just over an inch, though it probably would have held on longer. The floral flavor has disappeared and cocoa and some cedar are dominiating the profile now.
At the halfway point the strength has moved into the medium/full range and the flavor profile has stayed consistent and tasty. The retrohale is pretty powerful, making me sneeze. I won't be doing that again with this cigar. As I reach the band I am getting a little of a flavor I pull out of a lot of LFDs, that great dried fruit/raisin flavor. The whole profile has actually gotten much sweeter. Getting into the final third the sweetness has backed off and the profile has shifted again, this time to a darker and more leathery flavor with some of that raisin sticking around to balance it out. The strength is in the full range but isn't as strong as something like the LFD Double Ligero series. The burn has been great all the way through, never burning uneven or going out on me. At the very end it has gotten a little squishy though.
I enjoyed the LFD Factory Press IV. It is a really unique cigar due to the format and it delivers plenty of flavor! Any fan of LFD should enjoy these when they have the time for something this large. These sell for around $13 and at that price I will probably pick up one or two more to have around and to see what a little time in the humidor does to the blend.