If there is one manufacturer that I have trouble following it is Litto Gomez with La Flor Dominicana. I really do love their cigars and I am always hearing great things about them, but I just find it difficult to follow all of their new releases. I know that there are several shops that carry their products, but there are few that really follow them closely and get all of his stuff. I have smoked almost all of Litto Gomez’s production, but with that in mind I have had to be in six different states to do that. The most recent cigar of theirs that I smoked was the Limitado IV. This is the fourth launch of the Limitado line and since I have not had the other three versions, I really don’t have anything to compare it to. The cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder, and has fillers from the Dominican Republic. The cigar is your standard toro size measuring 6 ½” with a 52 ring gauge and is limited to 2,000 boxes, and each box consists of 48 cigars.
The cigar is constructed very well with no major veins present and the cap placed perfectly. The cigar is very firm in hand and has a color of light brown leather. The aroma is intoxicating and gives off lots of rich eastern spices with a finish of leather, barnyard and earth. Upon lighting I am greeted with a nice level of spice and leather, and the cigar is definitely full in body. In the first third of the cigar I am getting some interesting flavors that are playing off one another. I am getting hints of spice, leather, barnyard, pepper and a good amount of floral notes. The cigar is giving off this unique meaty flavor and is so far quite enjoyable.
Entering the second third of the cigar I get a drastic change in flavor, and I am beginning to pick up a lot of nutty and wood flavors. I am still picking up some leather and floral notes, but the cigar really has changed. Very different from the first third, I wouldn’t say one of them is better over the other but equally enjoyable. The cigar is still full in body and has been burning perfectly this whole time. In the final third the cigar begins to show a lot of flavors from the first and second third and is really a huge finale. It is very complex and there are unique pairings of flavors that confused my palate. I still got that leather and floral pairing, but I also picked up a lot of nuts, pepper, wood, earth, spice and barnyard. Remaining complex to the end the cigar was incredibly full body. It lost some of the balance in strength and flavor at the end but I was still able to enjoy the cigar down to the nub.
With a perfect burn and draw all the way to the end and some wonderful flavors and other qualities the cigar got a 91 rating. Gomez’s cigars are definitely full in body and one can expect to get a cigar that has some strength regardless of the wrapper. I felt that the Limitado IV had some wonderful flavors, unique and incredibly complex. I would definitely smoke this cigar again, but I would not consider it a daily rotation cigar for me. In some ways I thought of this cigar as a little too creative in flavors. I know this is weird, but it was almost like the modern art of cigars for me. The cigar really pushed you in a lot of directions and made you really have to work. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that, and I really enjoyed the cigar, but it was just something different than most cigars I am seeing on the market. There weren’t as many rich flavors in the cigar that I feel a lot of cigar smokers are looking for, but quite the opposite. Overall a very enjoyable cigar and something that advanced smokers should try.
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