The 5 Vegas Limitada sports a nice looking Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with bright but smooth veins. The head of this cigar is a little rough, but it cut cleanly and never carried out on its threats to unravel. (Threats implied only by the wrapper edges that caused me a little concern.) Overall the construction of this stick was very good. After an easy light and a few pulls I noticed smoke tendrils rising from the head of the cigar. That’s always a nice effect, and a result of superior craftsmanship.
The data on this cigar comes from Cigars International, the only distributor of this cigar. The 2006 model is 6.25 inches in length with a 52 ring gauge. The binder is identified as “cuban seed” which is pretty vague. I’m going to hazard a guess that since these are made in the Aurora factory the binder is Dominican. The filler is a blend of Brazilian, Nicaraguan, and Dominican “piloto cubano.”
It starts out with a burst of pepper and a strong finish. Based on this I expected a powerhouse cigar to follow, but in this I was wrong. For the first third, in addition to the pepper and spice, there are some leathery flavors and a pleasant aroma. The ash builds into a solid cylinder that drops after a good two inches. It probably could go longer but I gracefully tapped it into the ashtray.
The 2006 Limitada turns out to be a fairly mild cigar, despite the way it begins. After the two thirds mark it really mellows out and takes on a very easygoing creamy character. But gradually the flavor evaporates. I found this very odd, and suspected it might be my palate taking a peremptory vacation. But on two separate nights I experienced the same thing — at the half way point this cigar just sort of peters out. Not in an unpleasant way exactly — it remains a perfectly acceptable smoke, but the flavors just drop out, as if a sudden wind came up and took away all the flavor.
I found this to be a puzzling cigar. It starts with great promise and for the first half the flavor transitions are interesting and enjoyable. Factor into this the perfect construction, and I’d say this cigar from La Aurora is a real winner, if only it continued its performance into the second half. Like the Cardinals losing to the Bears on Monday night, this cigar is strangely able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.