5 Vegas

5 Vegas Classico, Gold, Gold Maduro & A

I have four different 5 Vegas cigars in my stash and I wanted to review them, but ran into the problem that I just don’t know enough about the cigars to write individual reviews. The information on internet is also confusing, but what they all have in common is that th brand is owned by Cigars International or Meier & Dutch, which is the wholesale division of Cigars International and that they have the cigars made, probably by several different factories as some are said to be Dominican and others are said to be Nicaraguan.

As I said, I have four different blends, but also four different vitolas, so it will be hard or impossible to decide what’s the best blend after reading the four reviews, that would only be fair if the vitolas would have been the same. Don’t draw any conclusions on the results of my testing, just read them as entertainment and maybe get some of these cigars if my review made you curious.

5 Vegas Classic Torpedo

This Nicaraguan made cigar has Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers, and a medium brown Sumatra wrapper with tooth and a leather feel. The shape of the head is amazing, never seen a torpedo so pointy. The ring is classic, simple but printed on high quality, glossy paper. Its a red circle with white and golden outlines, some details in gold and 5 Vegas in white. The construction feels great, and that shape, awesome. The cigar has a strong aroma to barnyard with milk chocolate.

Because of the shape I have no option but to cut the cigar and I used my Xikar butterfly cutter for it. The cold draw is fine and I taste dry, well fermented tobacco, mild spicy. After lighting I taste coffee, a nice tasty coffee. After a few puffs I  taste fresh wood with coffee and cinnamon. After a third I taste cinnamon with a little citrus and some wood and a carrot like flavor. Then the flavor changes to a mild milk chocolate with cedar, cinnamon, lime and honey. The final third starts with nuts and pepper. Then all of a sudden a floral flavor shows up with some white pepper.

The draw is great. The dense ash is white. The burn is good. The smoke is medium thick and full. The cigar is medium bodied and medium full flavored. The smoke time is an hour and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I might, depending on the price.

Score: 90

5 Vegas A Artisan (Robusto)

The 5 Vegas A is a bit of a confusing name, since A is also a vitola but this line, which is made in Nicaragua with a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper, comes in different vitolas, including an A. The wrapper is dark and oily with one fat vein at the back of the cigar. The construction feels good and the cap is nicely placed. Both rings look goo, the foot ring is gold with a white square with triple A on it while the regular ring is like the classic 5 Vegas logo but black and gold instead of red and gold and the ring is bitter making room for an additional A underneath the logo. Classy. The cigar has a nice, medium strong aroma that reminded me to my last trip at the zoo, when I walked into the primate encounter.

I cut the cigar. The cold draw is good, spicy tobacco is what I taste. After lighting with a single jet I taste coffee. And after a few puffs I taste pepper too. Slowly some caramel shows up with pepper while the coffee fades away. There’s also a little acidity. After a third I also taste some wood. Halfway I taste a nice dark wood with a toffee flavor and some pepper. I also taste some dark chocolate. The flavors slowly turn to wood with spices and pepper, the mouth feeling is dry.

The draw is good. The smoke is good too, medium full in thickness and volume. The ash is decent, medium gray. The burn is straight. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. The evolution is good.

Would I buy this cigar again? I should.

Score: 91


5 Vegas Gold Maduro Corona


Now this is a cigar of which I know a little more, it is made by Plasencia in Nicaragua. The cigar is made with Honduran and Nicaraguan filler, a Honduran binder and Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper. The wrapper is sturdy, thick, dark and rustic. It looks rough but in a good way, like you know you’ll get flavor from it. The construction feels good. The ring is great, great quality printing on beautiful glossy paper with nice colors. I see copper, gold, shades of brown and white, very detailed and it fits with the rustic wrapper. The aroma is a mixture of fresh wood chips and barnyard.

I used a butterfly cutter to decap the cigar. The cold draw is nice, mild acidic yet peppery. After lighting I taste coffee and chocolate powder. Soon the flavors change to a dark wood with herbs and some Maduro sweetness. After an inch I taste wood with some Maduro sweetness and a bit of a vanilla floral flavor. The flavors are dry. The cigar gets more herbal, more peppery yet the mild vanilla floral flavor remains on the background.

The draw is great and the smoke is thick and full. The light colored ash is a bit frayed. The burn is good, pretty straight. This is a medium bodied and medium full flavored cigar. The smoke time is almost an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again?  Meh, decent cigar but nothing more than that.

Score: 88

5 Vegas Gold Toro

This 5 1/2×55 box pressed Toro is made in Honduras with an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper over a Honduran binder and Honduran fillers. The wrapper looks pale but smooth. The ring doesn’t help much to lift up the pale color of the wrapper because the wrapper is a two tone gold with just a tiny bit of white and red and makes the appearance of the cigar even more bland. The construction feels good and the cigar is nicely finished. The medium strong aroma reminds me of a flog of sheep that just took a dump.

I used a xikar cutter to cut the cigar. The draw is great, I taste dry grass with a little kick. After lighting I taste a mild coffee and dirt flavor. After half an inch I taste a floral flavor with a little salt. After a third I taste a salty cedar, very mild and smooth, with just a hint of the Connecticut Shade mustiness. Near the end I get more pepper.

The draw is flawless, the smoke is nice and thick. The light gray ash is firm. This is a mild to medium bodied and flavored cigar with a nice burn. The cigar is smooth yet lacks evolution. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? This is too mild for me.

Score: 87

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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