January 28, 2008
Origin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Costa Rican Maduro
Filler : Three Country Long Filler Blend
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : ~$5 each
Once upon a time, I loved me a Maduro cigar. I smoked them all the time. Even though my tastes have moved away from Maduros, I still find myself craving one every now and then. I knew I’d be smoking this 5 Vegas Series A this month, but I have been trying to hold off until one of those Maduro cravings hit. I brought this cigar with me to the beach this weekend just in case the mood struck and when I opened my Otterbox and saw it sitting there I though to myself, “This is a good spot for a Maduro.”
The 5 Vegas Series A is a good looking smoke. Besides a beautiful, very toothy and rich looking dark brown wrapper, the cigar is dressed to the nines. Sporting a very elegant (if a bit large) black and gold band, it’s modesty is protected by a large cedar sleeve that hides the majority of its length. I didn’t find much information about the makeup of this cigar. Just that it has a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper and a three country blend filler.
The 5 Vegas Series A Archetype has a rich earthy aroma that some might find intimidating, but in truth the cigar is fairly easy going, medium-bodied with a short finish. The Archetype started off with a very harsh blast to my palate which was a little off putting. After that initial blast it settled down quite a bit. It has a meaty maduro flavor with a hint of dark chocolate but the flavors were a bit muddled. Like most maduros there was a slight sweetness to it especially on the lips. As I progressed passed the half way mark there was bit more leather and earth but the flavors still seemed muddy and muted. I also began to detect a slightly metallic aftertaste on the finish. I am a fan of the 5 Vegas Classic and the Gold, but the series A has never really done much to impress me in any of the vitolas I’ve tried and the Archetype is no different. It’s a decent smoke and since the price point on these is a bit of a bargain, it’s not bad for a day on the links or working in the yard. However, on the rare occasion that I am craving a maduro there are a few other smokes that stand ahead of this on my list.
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July 5, 2019
I really like these cigars and I agree with the reviewer Matt. Don’t knock them until you try them.
January 29, 2008
Ah, so it’s NOT just me! I find these to be very attractive yard gars, worth the $2 at auction, but not a penny more. These have a cult following on message boards and score consistently well on lists, but I just don’t get it. My experience with them is that they start pretty well, but the flavor flattens out to char after an inch or so.
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