5 Vegas Cask Strength Firkin

5 Vegas Cask Strength Firkin

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Box Pressed Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan and Honduran Ligeros
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $6.00 each

So this past weekend was completely full of beautiful weather. Saturday morning I thought it would be a good idea to get up early and sit outside with the nice breeze. So I went through my humidor to find a nice, flavorful cigar to smoke and do an early morning review. As I was digging through my humidor, I stumbled across this box pressed gem and it was time to go outside and enjoy this cigar.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
5 Vegas Cask Strength Firkin had the perfect box press to it. It was perfectly square, not rectangle shaped. The edges were actually sharp, not rounded. The wrapper was a chocolate shade of brown with a slight red tint to it. The wrapper had no veins throughout it that were any worry to me. The cap was flush and didn’t lift or split when I cut it. The stick itself was very solid with just one soft spot on the top side of the stick.

Construction : Rating: ★★★☆☆
This cigar was tightly packed, a little tighter than I am used to when smoking a box pressed cigar. Usually they are a little looser so it can be pressed without splitting and cracking. The cigar was very easy to light, I was a little surprised at this because of its solid pack. The ash was strong throughout the cigar with a nice layered pattern to it. The burn was quite uneven. At first it was just a little wavy, then it evened out. But once it got down to the soft spot, it canoed very bad. The draw, however, was flawless throughout the length of the cigar.

5 Vegas Cask Strength Firkin

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½
This is one of those cigars that don’t taste like much off the start, but quickly open up. At first there was only a mild spice, but after a few puffs a sweet cedar flavor came out. Almost as soon as the cedar came out, the spice died down. The prominent flavors through the first third were mainly a strong earthiness with a strong sweetness from the cedar. Towards the halfway point, a little bit of the spice comes back, but it is still drowned out by the woody tones. Then, all of a sudden, the flavor took a complete twist. The earthiness changed to almost a buttered toast flavor. It was very smooth and lingered on the palate for a while. This flavor, as well as the wood, made for a great finish.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
There is not much you can complain about with a $6 stick. For this relatively exclusive brand (Cigars International) this is priced high. Most of the cigars from the 5 Vegas range retail for $3-$5, so I guess this is one of their top-of-the-line cigars.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.75)
This isn’t the best cigar you’ll ever smoke, but it is a good one. The flavor is the best part of this stick. If they focused a little more on the construction aspect, it could become even better. This is the first box-pressed version of this cigar I have had, I had the other sizes before. The flavor stays relatively consistent among the different sizes. There is one thing you have to do when and if you smoke this one: prepare a glass of scotch. It will fully enhance this cigar’s flavors.