5 Vegas CLASSIC Panatela
Review by Allen Gordon on January 18, 2011
This is my first 5 Vegas Classic. I chose the panatela because the small diameter will give you a real does of the wrapper taste. From start to finish, this was a dynamite cigar. The construction was excellent. Few veins and firm in the hand. I read that the fillers are Nicaraguan and Dominican. Thats a fine combination. Like Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello or Paris Hilton and her tiny dog. And what a beautiful wrapper: Sumatran. Sumatra wrappers are very delicate and I was afraid of it cracking but it never did. The pre-light was delightful. A combination of cocoa and espresso. I sniffed and sniffed because it smelled so good. Upon light up, there was an immediate taste of black pepper. I love spice in a cigar. And then right after that came the creaminess. The cigar pumped out billows and billows of smoke. As I continued, the spiciness ramped up but so did the creaminess which tempered the spice nicely. I could detect a vanilla flavor in the cream. And half way through, there was a bit of anise on the palate. The stick isnt real complex. The spice and creamy notes stayed throughout the cigar but thats OK with me. That combination had me smacking my lips after each draw. The price point on these is ridiculous. I would compare this stick to ones costing 3 times as much. All in all, I am dedicated to keeping 5 Vegas in my humidor at all times. Im sure aging will make these sticks taste like butter and enhance the complexity. Good on you, 5 Vegas! Follow this link to my personal blog-full of Cigar Reviews and of m
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