Cigar Description: Nicaraguan grown Cuban-seed Corojo wrapper over Cuban-seed, Nicaraguan-grown ligero long-fillers
Cigar Strength: Medium-Full
Review of the Cigar itself: When I first got introduced to the 5 Vegas line at Cigars International, I was a little hesitant. I tried the 5 Vegas Gold and found it ok but when I had run into the Knuckle, it was rather an impressive little cigar. When I smelled the cigar as I took it out of the cellophane wrapper, I could smell an almost nutty-peppery smell. It’s a bit of a light cigar in weight and the draw is very clear but it does come with a nice sharp pepper zing to it that you’ll feel almost immediately. Lighting the foot wasn’t that difficult and it seemed to burn well on the first third. It was nice to see the twinning of a light brown with a light blue smoke and see them dance out from the cigar towards the crisp, cold air of the wintery afternoon.
Unfortunately, it started tugboating at the beginning. This may be to uneven airflow from the window (it was the portion that didn’t get direct airflow that tugboated). One of the reasons that this may have been more air than flavour was because the cigar wrapper itself was rather loose. Although the flavour was good, a nice peppery sensation, there seemed to be a bit of air in each draw that made it feel as if the leaves were loose. I had to relight the cigar as I had a quick errand to do at one point and it did relight fairly easily. There was a gentle leather taste in the background as I continued into the middle and last third of the cigar. The pepper flavour began to even out a bit as the leather became more intense in flavour. As I got to the end of the cigar, a sharper peppery taste began to rise.
I was disappointed in this particular cigar because I’ve had one previously and it was far better. I’ll probably do a follow-up review in a couple of weeks to see if perhaps I got a bad one.
Smoke time: approximately 75 minutes
Final Review Rating: 7.5/10