Size: 6 1/2 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder and Filler: Dominican
Price: Just under $10.00 a single
Behind The Stick:
The La Flor Dominicana, a name that since the cigar boom of the early 1990’s has not only become one of the larger ‘new guys’ to the cigar scene but also has been producing some amazing smokes in the past few years. One of the larger aspects that allowed the company to expand the way it has is directly related to the husband and wife team, Litto Gomez and Ines Lorenzo-Gomez. Rather than focusing on the business in a number aspect of production vs sales that so many other companies get caught up in, they were more interested in learning about the business and about cigars them selves – the ability and knowledge to produce quality, not quantity.
As the name Limitado III implies, this is the third installment of the Limitado line but these are only produced in 2,000 boxes per year making this a decently rare find. One thing I found rather interesting, the tobacco that is produced for these cigars are actually grown on Litto Gomez’s personal farm. I would have to say that this is as close to a big ‘mom and pop’ operation as one will find in the cigar world. Although I hate using the ‘history’ to determine the cigar but more rather as food for thought, the idea of a married couple growing tobacco on their own land and producing small quantities based upon quality makes me want to try them even more. Another fun ‘tid bit’ – Litto’s wife Ines has been called ‘the cigar nazi’ because if they go to a store that is not displaying their cigars properly, she has been known to stop sending them cigars and have even denied shops from carrying their product.
Another big thank you goes out to Tex Cigars who were nice enough to send me these to try, please check out their site (but come back!) and see what your own opinion is.
Being made in small batches and having the owners personally go through the leaves that are used as well as this specific blend coming directly from their farm speaks volumes for what they produce and their dedication to the product. Evenly packed from head to foot, the wrapper contained a few veins but nothing that would raise alarm. One of my largest pet peeves is the removal of the band, so I do hold a very bar for all cigars but this band removed exactly when I wanted without any issue to the cigar itself – huge kudos. If I had to complain about anything, the last 4/5th to 5/6th of the cigar seemed a bit more spongy than desired but if that was the worst, I’ll take it.
With a powerful, yet not ‘overdone’ sensation of pepper and a mild nut type flavor this cigar really kicks off in the full body section right from the start. As I said, not overpowering but boy was this thing teetering on that line. Once the cigar had a chance to warm up, the pepper feeling from before subsided just enough to remain in the background – Coffee is where this cigar decided to veer off, a subtle yet intriguing mix made this quite interesting to say the least. Pepper, Coffee and a nut type flavor seemed to hold my tastebuds hostage throughout the middle until a mild wood, perhaps cedar flavoring slipped in a time or two. Once well within the last third of this cigar the coffee and nutty flavor all but disappeared, being replaced with a nice wood and tobacco combination.
The construction was top notch and the cigar really did last for a while (near the two hour mark) but this one falls into that ‘iffy’ category where I start to expect a little more from the cigar. At $10.00 a single, I was expecting a bit more to be honest – Not that it was bad, I will go out and purchase a few more, but the price is the main driving force why I would not recommend a box purchase – now granted, the boxes are amazing in appearance and do contain 48 cigars, but almost $350.00 for a ‘good but not great’ cigar I just can’t get on board with. If you can find them as singles or even in a 5 pack, I would grab them up in a heart beat but don’t expect these to replace your daily smoke. Check them out and let me know what you think!
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