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5 (Cinco) Vegas “AAA”

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

Cigar Specification

5” x 56 Robusto Gordo

Wrapper: Broadleaf Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

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

Prelight Ritual:

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.

First Third

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.

Second Third

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.

Final Third

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.

Scoring Rubric

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!

\\’otan

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Cigars Rated

 

Perdomo Reserve “La Tradicion” Cabinet Series

Greetings and Salutations Cigar Fans!

You’ll notice that this isn’t the same person posting as normal – we’ve got so many sticks in the proverbial fire that we’ve had to add to our arsenal to make sure that everyone that either sends us a smoke gets a review and we can get through the backlog of smokes that we’ve already got.

For this review, I’ll be your trusty guide – for the sake of anonymity you can call me Wotan. Yeah, that’ll work for now. Today, we’re going to smoke the Perdomo Reserve “La Tradicion” Cabinet Series – the “P” vitola. This is actually a discontinued cigar. Perdomo Reserve Champagne Series (Robusto 5×54), According to CigarCyclopedia.com this cigar was initially introduced in 1998 and was initially known as the La Tradicion Cabinet Series Perdomo Reserve. All but the toro size were discontinued in 2008

Specs:

Ring – Appeared to be about a 54, kind of hard to tell though.

Length – 5”

Size: Robusto

Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country: Nicaraguan

Price: Unknown – you can’t buy ’em!

Start Time: 9:02 PM

End Time: 10:05 PM

Beverage of Choice: Water

First thing I noted was that this stick came in a nice gold cellophane wrapper, sealed at the bottom for freshness. Upon removing the cigar from the wrapper I noted this – and this blemish was something that would haunt this smoke for the rest of the evening.

Prelight. There were some slight blemishes, and of course that really large split in the top. The cap was solid, or would have been, if there wasn’t a split in it. The band as you can see is very nice, large, almost an inch or so really. The prelight draw was good – even and not stuffy. The smell was earthy and leathery. A bit like your favorite baseball glove.

First third: Sorry about the blurry photo, I’m getting used to holding a camera in one hand, and a smoke in the other. This smoke burned really un-even and it was really hot! There was a lot of gray smoke and a really nice white ash, once the whole thing started to burn itself even. The whole thing was nice and leathery, maintaining that pre-light scent. What a rich smoke. It started to transition into a peppery and earthy taste. It almost made up for the crack … almost.

Second third – Here we started really even in our smoke, with lots of thick white ash. Really a pleasant aroma that tickled my senses, the smoke transitioned from that peppery spice into a creamy sort of burned toast taste. Not bitter, just the right amount of bite. The bread gave way to some creaminess as the second third finished up.

Final Third: By the end of this ordeal ( and I call it an ordeal because of that gaping leaf that was missing) I was about ready to be finished with this smoke. The taste was alright and it tasted really great! Like toasted bread, with a little butter in there. Kinda fatty in the mouth feel. Then there was the nuttiness in the cigar that made up for the bad wrapping. The end was a really nice, and nutty mouth feel in the smoke.

Classic Cigar Scoring Guide

Prelight: 7/10

Smoking: 8/10

Overall Experience: 8/10

Total: 23/30 – Good Quality Smoke – enjoyable and recommended (Thoroughly check your smokes out!)

Overall Experience: This was a very mild cigar that produced a nice gray ash. The cigar started nice and spicy, rather full for a mild bodied cigar. It started spicy, and leathers and transitioned into a nice earthy taste, and then into my favorite sort of sensation – the buttered toast – and finally a silky nutty flavor. The whole smoke was tainted by the split wrapper, which had me picking tobacco from my teeth after the first third.

If I were able to get my hands on another one of these, I would be able to give a happier review. The smoke tasted great! But the experience was, as I said, less than great because of the cigar’s construction.

Happy Smoking!

– \\’otan

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2011 in Cigars Rated