Every year 5 Vegas releases a limited edition cigar that is is a different blend every year. The fillers of the smoke are aged at least 5 years and this year the production is limited to 75,000 cigars. If you purchase a box they come packaged as a combination ashtray and humidor which is very nicely done.
Cigar: 5 Vegas Limitada 2008
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 6.25 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican Republic Corojo Oscuro
Filler: Dominican Corojo Ligero, Nicaraguan Ligero, Brazil, and Dominican Piloto Cubano
Appearance & Construction (17/20): The wrapper has one long vein the length of the cigar. This cigar has plenty of tooth and oils galore. The simple white label works on this stick with the year 2008 printed on a secondary band.
Flavor & Notes (26/30): The cigar begins very dry so the Dominican Pilito is very evident so make sure you have a beverage nearby. The initial note is a strong pepper which burns the back of the throat but quickly takes a back seat. As the first third continues the notes were coffee and a touch of leather. As we approach the second third the cigar mellows out to a medium bodied smoke which is different from its full bodied beginnings. There is a sweetness to the cigar at this point with some notes of mocha and a very rich coffee that is very relaxing. As we reach the final third of the cigar the coffee remains but the leather finishes the smoke.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): I am in the midst of cigars that have a great burn line and I am glad that this cigar continued the trend. The firm white ash held on strong and the draw was a little tough at first but it opened up as i smoked this rich cigar..
Overall (23/25): I was unsure what to expect when I pulled this cigar out of the humidor, but I wound up being impressed. The price point on the cigar is more then fair especially considering it is a limited edition.