5 Vegas

5 Vegas Triple A

This 5 Vegas triple A is released in one size and one size only, 5 x 56. The filler contains Cuban seed Nicaraguan from Jalapa and Condega tobacco and the oily wrapper is a Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro tobacco. I think I picked this cigar up during my trip through the USA, but it could also have been bombed to my by one of my American friends.
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The thick and oily broadleaf maduro wrapper has a couple of nice veins. Both the band and the band protecting the foot of the cigar are grotesque. The construction feels a bit hard but the predraw is fine and leaves a bit of a raisin flavor in my mouth. The cigar has a firm, deep and rich barnyard flavor. The wrapper is so thick that it makes this cigar hard to punch.
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I can taste coffee, mildly bitter and a little bit of chocolate. This flavor doesn’t change for two inch when the chocolate becomes stronger, but the coffee remains the main flavor.

Halfway the coffee changes into wood and the chocolate disappears after ⅔. I couldn’t nub this cigar as it had a turning point with about an inch and a half left. Even though I purged, and got a big flame while doing so, the cigar gets too bitter to continue smoking.
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It took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to finish this full flavored, full bodied cigar. I got a great draw and a nice amount of smoke, although it is a bit thin. I had a little bit of a crooked burn. The ash is light colored and quite firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, maybe, if I run into them at a B&M for a reasonable price

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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5 Vegas Miami knuckle

About two years ago I bought a bundle of 5 Vegas Miami Knuckle’s at Joe Cigar. I smoked a few, gave some away and found out that this was the last I had left so it was time for a review. The cellophane of this Don Pepin blended 4½x60 wannabe Nub already started to turn yellow.
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The cigar looks rough with a shiny, oily wrapper full of veins and the nice chocolate brown color. The construction feels a bit hard but the predraw is good. I taste a spicy wood flavor but the cigar has an ammonia smell to it, like a barnyard that hasn’t been cleaned in a while.
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I taste a bitter and spicy coffee flavor. After a quarter of an inch the bitterness fades away and I can taste some earth and something toasty, but I couldn’t tell what tasted toasty if my life depended on it. After almost an inch the flavors change to wood and a dry chocolate flavor.
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Halfway I still taste the wood but now with a mild and sweet nut flavor. The chocolate has gone. I punched the cigar and that created a slight problem. The top layer of the triple cap came off during the smoking of the cigar, which made the cigar a little less enjoyable.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about 80 minutes, which is quite long for a short cigar. I got a lot of smoke but the smoke was a bit thin. The light gray ash is quite firm. I had a little bit of a crooked burn. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the blend, but this cigar is too thick.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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5 Vegas A archetype

I heard a lot about 5 Vegas so I decided to light up a 6 x 50 archetype from the A series.
The cigar is wrapped with a piece of cedar in cellophane. The Costa Rican maduro wrapper has one big vein but is nice and oily. The binder comes from Nicaragua and the filler is a combination of Dominican, Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco. The predraw is firm and the cigar feels firm too.
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Sweet mellow chocolate, that’s what I get and after a little over an inch I get a nutty flavor with mild chocolate aftertaste. The flavors grow in strength after an inch or two. Halfway the chocolate disappears and near the turning point I only taste ash and wood.
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The smoke is thin and several shades of gray. I don’t get a lot of snow either. The draw is on the firm side and the ash is quite dark. The burn is great. This is a mild flavored mild bodied cigar and I didn’t like it a lot.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Never again.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

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5 Vegas Miami toro

I got this 5 Vegas Miami toro when JohnnyKay5 bombed the shit out of me with not 1 but 2 Don Pepin Garcia samplers. This toro is 6 x 48 and has a peppery barnyard aroma. The wrapper has some spots on it and lots of veins. The construction feels good. The cigar band is simple. The fire end is a bit box pressed. Instead of cutting the cigar I decided to try and punch it. The predraw is fine. I smoked this cigar in SmokeyNL’s backyard.
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I could taste pepper and cedar and soon after that there was some leather, all with a chocolate aftertaste on the background. After 1/3rd its cedar which changes into a peppery chocolate at the halfway point. When the chocolate fades away, I can taste the cedar again with the pepper that decided to stick around. The last few puffs give me lots of nuts with pepper and some chocolate. The structure of the flavors is warm. The flavors are full but smooth. This cigar is good enough to nub.
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The smoke is good and there is enough of it. The ash is white with some dark spots. I would call this medium bodied full flavored, it is the mildest Don Pepin cigar I smoked so far. Because I smoked outside and there was some wind, it was hard to keep a straight burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It is a Don Pepin stick, so you can’t go wrong. Yes, I will buy this cigar again.
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Appearance: 7 /10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part; 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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