|5 Vegas High Primings|
5 Vegas is a brand that I have been smoking for years now, I mean over six years! I have smoked the brand off and on, and even rotated between the lines within the brand. I think they offer some incredible smokes at all levels, and besides being constructed wonderfully and incredibly flavors, they are available at a great price. I have enjoyed almost all of their annual limitada smokes, and found that their additions utilizing a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper to be great maduros. With that being said, the 5 Vegas Classic is a legend in its own right, and is fitting of the name “Classic.” The cigar comprised all of the best qualities in a cigar, and did so while remaining just at the medium strength level. Since I first smoked that cigar, my palate has demanded cigars a little bit stronger, and that call was answered with the release of the 5 Vegas High Primings.
Released to grab smokers looking for more full bodied cigars, the 5 Vegas High Primings was blended of similar tobacco to the 5 Vegas Classic, but merely used tobacco from higher primings, hence the name. There was some tweaking to the blend, as to be expected, but it still kept its main backbone in terms of the tobacco used. The cigar differs in the wrapper, and for this particular cigar they utilized a Habano seed wrapper from Nicaragua. To keep with the name, the wrapper used was ligero, thus high priming. The binder is Nicaraguan ligero as well, and underneath that is a filler blend of ligero tobacco from Esteli in Nicaragua, and ligero tobacco from the Cibao Valley in the Dominican Republic. For this review I have grabbed my favorite vitola in the 5 Vegas Classic and High Primings line, the Double Corona. The cigar measures 6″ with a 48 ring gauge, and while it is not your standard Double Corona, I love that it has a ring gauge below 50.
|Nicaraguan Habano Ligero|
The cigar has a solid Colorado wrapper that is smooth to touch, and showcased practically no veins. There really isn’t tooth to the wrapper, and it has this natural reddish brown coloring, with variations in the coloring here and there. It is very firm to touch, and has an aroma of spices, wood, leather, dark cherries and cocoa at the foot. As I light up the cigar, the firs thing I notice is that this is not my 5 Vegas Classic from the past. There are a lot of spice and pepper notes up front, and this is going to be a great smoke. Those spice and pepper notes continue through the first third, and it is accompanied by bits of leather, wood and earth. There are some cocoa notes present, but overall it is very subtle. The cigar has a strength level at that full body point, and it is a heavy and dark smoke. The cigar is burning wonderfully, and leaving a solid ash that has white and gray coloring to it.
I am in the second third of the cigar so far, and the cigar is producing tons of thick smoke and leaving a solid ash on the cigar. I got a picture about halfway through the smoke, and this ash is not dropping anytime soon. The burn line has been practically perfect through the whole smoke, and that ash coloring is just gorgeous. There are some more prominent flavors present in this second third, and I am beginning to get a lot of dark cherry and dark chocolate notes. There are still those damp dark wood, leather and earth notes, but they have become softer than before. As to be expected, there is still a prominent flavor profile of spices, and the pepper notes are that of red and black pepper. The strength level is remaining full bodied throughout this third, and I am feeling the strength in my gut. By far, this is the most powerful 5 Vegas smoke I have had, and I am loving it.
|Wonderful Burn Line|
I am in the final third, and realize that I forgot to mention that this cigar was made in Nicaragua, and I believe it is made by Nestor Plasencia. Nestor makes a lot of the 5 Vegas smokes, but they are also made by other manufacturers in different countries. In the final third of the cigar the flavors are really popping, and it is showing tons of spices, dark chocolate and stone fruit notes. There are definitely tons of flavors present throughout the final third, and they are really blended together to make a truly complex smoke. Those earth, damp wood and leather notes blend with the spices, and offer a dry touch to the sweetness from the cocoa and dark cherry notes. The cigar is still burning wonderfully throughout this final third, and has a razor sharp burn line showing off the terrific ash. I smoke the cigar down to the nub, where on the finish it is cool and flavorful.
Recently we have been seeing a lot of manufacturers release cigars that are more “full” in a lot of aspects from previously releases, and the same is for the 5 Vegas brand. Partagas launched the new Partagas 1845, Romeo Y Julieta released the new Romeo, and 5 Vegas has blessed us with the 5 Vegas High Primings. The cigar really kicks it up a notch or five in terms of strength, and has kept those great flavors that the original 5 Vegas Classic offered. It is really not that similar to the 5 Vegas Classic except in the sense that it was constructed wonderfully and was very flavorful, and is a great addition to the brand. I for one am one of the smokers nowadays that is looking for some of these older lines to be amped up, and this cigar certainly does that. If you are a fan of the Classic line I suggest you light one of these babies up and see what the Classic is like on steroids, and you might find yourself making this your evening smoke, and the Classic your morning smoke. Truly worthy of 92 points, I will enjoy this cigar thoroughly for sometime.
|5 Vegas High Primings Double Corona|