Greetings and Salutations Lords of the Leaf!
It’s been a whirlwind three weeks here at my smoking den, but I’m happy to bring you another review. It’s completely overwhelming that so many of you are working and reading on the blog here! I hope you are enjoying the variety that we’re able to bring to you simply because there are now two of us smoking for you.
I wanted to talk a little bit about the sort of thing that I enjoyed about smoking cigars – ambiance. There is nothing better to me – as I grow older, than smoking a cigar, after eating a great meal, and spending time with good friends. And that’s what led me to where I am now – smoking cigars and reviewing them for you all. When I smoke a cigar for either pleasure or a review (and largely they are both one and the same), I do it sitting on my deck, in my favorite chair, and thoroughly enjoying the ambiance in which I’ve created. So – if you’re reading, and you’d like to comment, tell us what sort of ambiance you enjoy smoking in.
Kaleehb welcomed me to the Blog in true fashion – by giving me more sticks to review. So that’s what we’re doing today. Reviewing a cigar. This week’s cigar is brought to you by our dear friends at Cigar’s Direct – it’s a 5 (Cinco) Vegas AAA Robusto with a Pennsylvania Broadleaf Wrapper. If you’re interested visit http://www.cigarsdirect.com
5” x 56 Robusto Gordo
Wrapper: Broadleaf Maduro
Filler: Cuban Seeded Nicaraguan Ligeros
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Price: $4.95 – $7.95 (Donated by Cigarsdirect.com)
Start Time: 6:12 PM
End Time: 7:25 PM
Beverage of Choice: Ice Water
You’ll notice that the Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper is really dark, and it was oily. The scent of the cigar smelled of barnyard, and pre-light draw tasted of raisins with a hint of coffee flavor. I was anticipating a great smoke! The band was really vibrant and bright, and there was a “footband” on the bottom that added to the overall aesthetic experience.
Now, I understand that Maduro is not everyone’s cup of tea – and to be quite honest, I’ve only found a few that I really like. Having smoked some of the 5 Vegas “A” lines, I was a little worried that this would be like smoking a mouthful of grill ashes. It wasn’t the first third started out with a nice woody, coffee, spiced flavor throughout the entire first third. The burn was a little uneven and it produced a nice rich gray ash and a thick velvety smoke experience.
Wow, this continued to remain pretty complex. The flavor profile was woody, and retained it’s coffeeish flavor. The smoke was rich and gray, still velvety. I tasted a little bit of bourbon, with notes of spice, maybe a hint of black pepper (one of my favorite flavors in life). There was also a neat experience that sort of transitioned into a taste of peanut butter on the palate. This smoke at this point was really complex, and very satisfying. As you can see, it’s burning quick. Towards the end of this third there was an unpleasant transition, the tobacco was really flavorless and bland. It again, became a bit like smoking a mouthful of grill ashes. Not really my forte.
Wow, this was disappointing. Hugely. The transition that was bitter and acidic, but not the good kind of acidic was complex. This was like going to my grill and scooping out the charcoal and inhaling it. It was quite possibly the worst thing I’ve ever tasted. I know that sounds harsh, but it was what it was. The first two thirds were really promising, but the final third left a lot to be desired. There was an uneven burn, and I continued to smoke through it hoping I would end up with a better finish, but that wasn’t in the cards for this cigar.
Prelight: 10/10 – A really solid appearance, a nice band, a nice cap, and a really solid smelling cigar
Smoking: 6/10 – While the cigar started off nice, only two thirds of it were worth smoking. There was such a promising complexity to this cigar – that it was really disappointing when it wasn’t that way all the way through.
Overall Experience: 5/10 – Again, the whole problem with this cigar was that it was rather uninspiring at the end of the smoke.
Score: 21/30 – This cigar could use some work. Mediocre. All in all this was an example of a great start, but a fizzle as the smoke continued. I would try another one, maybe, to see if it improved. But overall, I’ve been very disappointed with the way that the whole thing panned out.
Thanks for reading. And as always, happy smoking!