Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

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5 vegas series a apotheosis

5vegasseriespic1Are you looking for quality smokes that won't break the bank? If so, we have two such stogies to review, and they're both from 5 Vegas. It's time to take a more personal look at the brand's Series A Apotheosis and Classic Torpedo.

5 Vegas Series A Apotheosis

The Series A from 5 Vegas is listed as one of the brand's boldest offerings. As such, I decided to go ahead and fill my stomach with a hearty dinner prior to putting the line's Apotheosis selection to the test. Enough of the intro, let's dive in and see what this stick is all about.

The Series A Apotheosis measures 5 1/2 x 55. 5 Vegas also offers the line in several other sizes: the 4 1/2 x 44 Anomaly, 4 1/2 x 54 Atomic, 5 x 52 Artisan, 6 x 50 Archetype, 6 x 52 Alpha, 6 x 58 Apocalypse, 6 1/2 x 52 Apex, and 7 x 50 Apostle. As you can see, each of the sizes' names begin with an A as a tribute to the line's moniker. The Series A has a filler made up of tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua. All of these tobaccos are aged for four years. The binder is Nicaraguan, and the cigar's composition is capped off with a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper. According to the 5 Vegas site, the wrapper leaf is one of the most expensive and durable around, and it also offers plenty of flavor. Once each Series A cigar's construction is complete, it's aged for six months prior to being released to the public. Strength-wise, the cigar is listed as being medium to full-bodied.

As I give the 5 Vegas Series A Apotheosis a once-over, I must say that it has an impressive presentation. The cigar is very dark and reminds me of a Milky Way Dark bar with its color. The band near the head is large and displays the 5 Vegas logo and the Series A name. Its mostly black and gold colors are a perfect match with the dark Costa Rican Maduro wrapper. A cedar sheath also covers the lower half of the Apotheosis. As far as the wrapper is concerned, besides its dark chocolate tint, it's also quite oily. It has a rustic look with some veins running throughout. The cigar feels firm to the touch and has no soft spots. Overall, the construction is solid. There's also a nice box-pressed shape that give a certain neatness to the appearance. Before lighting, there's a very inviting chocolate aroma and a sweet cold taste.

After striking the Series A Apotheosis with a match, the cigar burns well. The draw is just right and produces a decent amount of smoke. The ash is a bit on the flaky side. It's white color does contrast nicely with the dark wrapper, however. The burn is even from start to finish, requiring zero touch-ups or re-lights. This allows me to concentrate on the cigar itself and not have to worry about any pesky maintenance issues.


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