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5 Vegas Gold

January 14, 2010

5 Vegas Gold

Wrapper: Ecuadorian  Connecticut
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan / Cuban-seed Honduran
Size: 6 x 50 [Toro]

What you have in the 5 Vegas Gold is an aptly named cigar, for the wrapper is nothing short of golden. Not yet having had the opportunity to smoke a 5 Vegas Gold, I was more than a little bit excited for our first date; as I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews on this particular cigar. And if past experiences with 5 Vegas were to be any indication of the Gold experience… well, let’s just say I was giddy. Not to mention that the Mid-West is experiencing a heat wave of sorts, with temperatures climbing out of the single digits and to near 40 degrees.

As mentioned, the wrapper has a brilliant golden sheen, which accents the well pronounced veins running throughout. Despite the veins however, I’d describe the wrapper as soft and smooth. Topped with a double cap the 5 Vegas Gold feels firm in the hand and more or less begs to be clipped.

Doing the honors this time around, I opted to give the Gold a V-cut. Unfortunately, this caused a slight tear in the wrapper, which lead to some minor loss of the wrapper. Thankfully, however, this did not seem to impact the smoking experience; as the draw was near perfect throughout the smoke.

I thought the Gold produced a good amount of  smoke, which filled the air with a rather inviting, smooth aroma. Known for it’s flavor complexities, the Gold most certainly delivers. Pre-light I noticed hints of pure tobacco mixed with vanilla and a slight woodiness. These flavors came out in full force upon lighting and were accompanied with a wonderful white pepper spice that danced about for the entire cigar. I’ll admit this was a nice surprise that I wasn’t anticipating, just by the look of the cigar.

The 5 Vegas Gold, while being flavorful is not overly strong; falling nicely into the mild to medium strength range. Although, after about ninety minutes of cigar enjoyment, I did begin to notice the slightest nicotine buzz. But given the date thus far, it was quite welcomed.

I would  highly recommend this cigar to most all cigar enthusiasts, as well as to any adventurous beginners. The Gold will be a welcomed addition to my previously established list of favorite cigars; of which many are from the 5 Vegas family.

Personal rating: 9 (10 pt. scale)

Happy Smoking,
~R. Harrison Malone

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Seargent Smokehouse permalink
    January 15, 2010 1:51 PM

    I was tempted to purchase a 5 Vegas cigar just the other day, but decided against it due to lack of information. I instead went with a Cohiba 5.5×40 (which I very highly recommend). Upon reading this, though, I do believe that I will go through with the 5 Vegas!

    • R. Harrison Malone permalink*
      January 15, 2010 2:03 PM

      I must say, I’m not a fan of Cohiba’s, especially given the price. But I’m glad you enjoyed your exploration of Cohiba, and hope the same will be said of 5 Vegas Gold.

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