5 Vegas Series A Archetype Monday, Jan 28 2008 

Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Costa Rican Maduro
Filler: Three Country Long Filler Blend
Size: Toro 6.0″ x 50 ring

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 for CigarsDirect.com 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 it’s 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.

Get yours at CigarsDirect.com: 5 Vegas Series A Archetype

Rating – C

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5 Vegas Gran Reserva 6.0×48 Saturday, Aug 27 2005 

Country:Dominican Republic
Wrapper:Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican Long Filler (cuban seed)
Size: Double Corona 6″x48 ring

The first few pulls on this cigar were horrible. It mellowed out a bit after that. It is a full flavored cigar. Spicy and robust but not too heavy. The flavor stayed pretty consistent down to the nub. The ash held together really well. I was out walking while smoking it and I had about two and half inches of ash that I had to tap off to get it to fall. It wasn’t a great cigar but I enjoyed it. It was a nice long smoke which made my dog happy since that equated into a nice long walk.

5 Vegas Gold 5.0×50 Sunday, Aug 21 2005 

Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Filler: Honduran Long Filler (aged 5 years)
Size: Robusto 5″x50 ring

If you haven’t caught on yet, by now you realize I tend to gravitate towards the more mild side of cigars. While the 5 Vegas Gold is mild when compared to a lot of the Naturals or Maduros out there, it is definitely not short on flavor. This cigar is usually touted as a mild smoke and I can tell why, but I think it is closer to a medium bodied smoke. This cigar is full of flavor yet it doesn’t sit heavy on your palette. This would make a great everyday smoke. There is no break-in period with this stick. From the second you light it you get a tasty yet mellow draw. It burns near perfect and you can smoke it to the nub without it getting overly harsh. It creates plenty of thick smoke and the ash holds firm. I had about 2 inches of ash before my first tap and then I only tapped it because I was nervous about getting ash on my friend’s nice poker table. It didn’t fall off; I had to knock it off. This was the 3rd in a fiver I picked up on C-Bid. I can say after three of these suckers, that it is a good consistent smoke, and it isn’t too hard on the ‘ole wallet either.

The 5 Vegas Gold isn’t as exceptional as the Excalibur, but then it doesn’t carry its price tag either. I think this cigar is definitely better than the Cu-Avanas (which are a good smoke for the price) and the 5 Vegas Gold is less than a dollar more per stick than the Cu-Avannas. I think it may be worth the extra money to replace the Cu-Avannas as my favorite cheap smoke with these 5 Vegas Golds. They have more flavor and smoke as well or better.

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