Cigar: 5 Vegas Series ‘A’ Artisan
Wrapper: Costa Rican Maduro
Filler: Three Country Long Filler Blend
Perfect Pair: Coffee, or coffee and your favorite alcohol
Whenever I review a cigar, I always ignore the price until after I smoke. I try to make a guess about the cost based on the smoke, and I’m usually fairly close. With this cigar, I was way off. After smoking it, I guessed that it would probably retail at about $8/stick. So to say it’s a surprisingly good stick is an understatement.
Given the diverse countries involved in this cigar, I decided to let it rest in my humidor for about six months before I smoked it. A lot of the negative smoking experiences some people report aren’t as much as problem with the cigar as they are of palate confusion. When the varied tobaccos have time to meld and marry, the resulting flavors can be vastly superior to a fresh one.
Construction: The cigar was very well constructed. Some thick veins along the side had me a little concerned at the beginning as to how well the burn might lead and wander, but it worked out pretty well. A short toast and a few puffs and the cigar lit perfectly. This isn’t something to enter in your “Long Ash” competition. I’m no great expert on analyzing the composition of ash color to tell you about it like some reviewers, but the ash was light and not very compact and didn’t hold on very tightly.
Taste: I know that this is the part you want to know about the most, but this cigar confused me at first. There was a note of some flavor that I couldn’t quite pin down. There was certainly an almondy undertone. Strong notes of coffee and cocoa as well. There’s a spice to it that I just can’t isolate though. It’s not a pepper, or a nutmeg, or a cinnamon, or one of the other commonly used descriptors for spice. All I can say is that it was pleasant, and I think that it plays very well together with the other flavors of the cigar.
Review courtesy of Sam Mallikarjunan.Cigar Review: 5 Vegas Series ‘A’ Artisan by David Sabot