|La Flor Dominicana|
Released this year at the 2012 IPCPR the Limitado V is the fifth installment in the series. La Flor Dominican Limitados have been very popular among smokers, and I have known many smokers who go to town on them when they are available. It has been ten years since the first Limitado, and it is crazy to see the time since the initial release. Measuring 6.5" with a 54 ring gauge, the Limitado V is obviously the fifth release in the Limitado series. The cigar begins with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, and it is absolutely gorgeous. The binder is Nicaraguan tobacco, and the filler is composed of Dominican tobacco. The cigar was released with 2000 boxes, and each box consists of 48 cigars. Like all La Flor Dominicana cigars, the cigar is made in the Dominican Republic, and is made at Tabacalera La Flor S.A.
Lighting up the cigar there are some really pleasant flavors to begin with, and there is this nice malt chocolate ball flavor profile as well. I am getting some hay notes with those flavors, and there are some spicy, hay and leather notes. It is a very enjoyable cigar in terms of flavor, and really not what I was expected to get. The strength level is really softer than I expected as well, and I would say it is at a solid medium body level. The cigar is performing wonderfully in terms of construction, and it is showing a razor sharp burn line with a great charcoal colored ash. Overall, the first third is not what I was expecting, and it is fairly light but flavorful. It is a complicated cigar for sure, and I wouldn't recommend it to a newer smoker.
|Typical new La Flor band|
I am in the final third of the cigar now and the strength is increasing more in this third as well. I would say it is right above the medium full note now, and close to full body. It has definitely showing some great transition from the first to final third in terms of strength, and the flavors have really been wonderful as well. There has been a rise in coffee bean flavors in this third, and they are dominating the chocolate notes. There is this unbalanced cafe mocha flavor profile, and it is accompanied by some dark wood, hay and spice notes. The pepper flavors have faded some, and it is a great finish. Construction wise the cigar is still top notch, and the burn line is razor sharp with a lovely and firm ash. On the last draw it is very cool and flavorful, and it shows a great finish.