Hey Everyone! This week’s group cigar review is of the 5 Vegas AAA robusto. These are often on sale for cheap online, and we like other 5 Vegas cigars, so this was an easy pick. After lighting up, we fund the primary flavors to be sweet earth and cream with a very peppery and spicy finish. The flavor was clearly the strong point of this cigar. We loved it! Unfortunately, the construction was a real sore spot. The wrapper was the primary problem, it was brittle and developed cracks too easily. For the price, these are worth a shot just for the good flavor. With that said, this is not on the top of our list for cheap pepper bomb cigars.
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
IamDarren: 5 Vegas AAA is fine with me, another one blended by AJ by the way.
IamDarren: I will go get it.
Terry1: Hi guys. Got the AAA.
IamDarren: almost ready, looking for a lighter
StraightUpCigars: I am sitting down too. Nice looking stick with an awesome wrapper. Only tiny veins visible.
Terry1: So does the AAA mean it’s three times stronger than the A? I’ve had the A and liked it. Never tried the AAA.
StraightUpCigars: Nice sweet cedary smell to it. Draw is perfect too.
IamDarren: still looking for my darn lighter……..
Terry1: I had to get a wet towell. Looks like my son had a can of pop explode on my workbench. Everything is sticky.
StraightUpCigars: You guys are having all kinds of problems over there!
Terry1: Took the footband off and it was glued to the wrapper. Tore a small chunk out. Not a big deal at the foot but I hope the main band comes off cleaner.
StraightUpCigars: I cut mine and the single ply cap came loose during cold draws. Big bummer. To make matters worse, my fingers are stained black after playing with the borken wrapper leaf. It should still smoke fine, but those are two early strkes against it.
Terry1: Nice looking oily wrapper, nice barnyard smell from it.
StraightUpCigars: From JR cigars: The other alternative method is dying the leaves the desired dark brown color. This is done in a variety of ways – from sluices, vats, to even a machine that is snidely referred to as the “Madu-O-Matic” by those in the trade. This machine can “create” Maduro wrappers at a blazing pace and, typically, makers will add sugar to the molasses-like dye to sweeten the flavor of the leaf. This process is considered “cheating” by many in the industry, and is held in low regard by many traditional
StraightUpCigars: tobacco men. As a consumer, it is easy to detect whether your Maduro cigar is a faux, because most dyed Maduro cigars will actually leave a slight brown stain right on lip of the smoker.
Terry1: Cuttin the cigar I get an open draw and some of my cap came off as well. I get the same barnyard note from the cold draw.
IamDarren: Got mine clipped, the wrapper split a little when i did, looks thin and fragile.
IamDarren: ready to go when you guys are
StraightUpCigars: Lighting up.
Terry1: Lighting up.
IamDarren: great draw, nice amount of smoke. Very rich with a ton of dark chocolate.
Terry1: Wow, I like how the AAA is starting. Getting some spice, wood, sweetness. Lots of rich smoke. Great start.
StraightUpCigars: Lots of smoke here too I am getting creamy cedar with just a hair of spice on the finish.
IamDarren: yeah i spoke too soon, spice notes came in after the first couple puffs. Nice and creamy.
IamDarren: I think the spice is still amping up on mine bringing the body up into the full range now.
StraightUpCigars: I would consider mine medium bodied at this point. The spice is building though. Good start!
Terry1: The spice is getting stronger for me to. Right now it’s mixing well with the sweetness. If it keeps going this cigar is going to be a real pepper bomb.
IamDarren: gotta say i love the ash, really dark wrapper, snow white ash.
Terry1: I’m starting to get a lot of fine cracks around the head where I clipped it. This cigar may fall apart as it heats up.
IamDarren: im praying the binder will hold together on mine cause i have a half inch crack.
StraightUpCigars: My capless AAA is holding up ok for now. I don’t remember construction being an issue for 5 Vegas cigars in the past.
IamDarren: Its a PA broadleaf, normally they are extra thick and leathery. This one must have been fermented 10 times.
Terry1: I’m a bit surprised myself. I was thinking the same thing. The broadleaf is usually a thicker more durable leaf.
StraightUpCigars: or speed fermented like in the article I posted above
Terry1: Gotta say I’m loving the flavor. The wrapper is bringing a nice sweetness to counter the spicy ligero.
IamDarren: mine is picking up a dryer tone now, There is a hint of chocolate and then spice and black pepper take over on the finish. Still quite good though.
Terry1: I agree with Darren. I like the white ash dark wrapper contrast. So far the AAA is burning well.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is getting some chocolate too, with coffee. Pretty darn good tasting cigar. Helps cover up its other flaws. Atleast the burn is good!
IamDarren: i think maybe they used a lower priming on the wrapper to get more sweetness. There is a lot of ligero in the filler so it would make sense. I agree Matt, flavor is great and burn is going well. I can overlook the construction issue for now.
IamDarren: every once in awhile i am getting a fruity/citrus note with the chocolate note. Its proving to be very complex.
Terry1: I’m getting into the second third and the sweetness as backed off. I’m picking up more of the coffee, chocolate and an earthy base note. Pepper is pretty strong in the sinus.
IamDarren: decided to remove the band…. oh look, there is a 1/4 inch hole in the wrapper with a small crack.
StraightUpCigars: Totally agree. Mine has some bitterness in there too.
Terry1: I’m getting to the point where I need to take off the band. I’m afraid the band is what’s holding the cigar together.
StraightUpCigars: Mine has damage from the band as well. Completely shocked at the poor quality of the wrapper leaf. A shame b/c it looked nice.
Terry1: Took off the band and about an inch of wrapper came off. Too much glue. No cracks….yet.
IamDarren: wow, my cigar is transitioning again. Chocolate is gone and has been replaced by hazelnut and coffee. Loving the flavor, hating the construction. Gonna be hard to rate.
StraightUpCigars: The other factor is that this one typically sells cheap, but still no excuse on the construction.
Terry1: I agree. Still I’m impressed with the amount of flavor and complexity for a “value” cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Is this the 5×55 size?
IamDarren: however, there are other companies that make great cheap cigars that don’t fall apart. Gran Habano for example.
IamDarren: i believe is a 5×56
StraightUpCigars: Pretty good smoke time on this sucker.
IamDarren: they make some other blends in a “double nickel” size. 5.5×55. I like that size.
Terry1: Starting the last third and I’m starting to feel all that ligero. I’m switching from water to a soda.
IamDarren: i need to start keeping track. I think every cigar that i have smoked that has ligero from Jalapa has the same chocolate/citrus/spice notes.
StraightUpCigars: The spice is definitely strong, just like the cigar. Full bodied too.
IamDarren: well blended, i like that the spice and pepper are not too overwhelming.
Terry1: I’ll give some credit to the construction. I expected the wrapper to unravel but so far it’s holding strong even with all the holes in it.
StraightUpCigars: That’s a “glass half full” way of looking at it.
Terry1: lol yeah it is. Burn is still doing well too.
IamDarren: mine got a little lopsided going into the last third, made a slight burn correction. Otherwise it is burning well and not unraveling. At least they picked a good binder leaf.
Terry1: Maybe all the glue from the band seeped through and glued the wrapper to the binder.
StraightUpCigars: My wrapper has pretty much disintegrated. I am smoking it without the wrapper now. I’ll be settign it down in a minute.
Terry1: I’m getting close to being done. Still getting lots of flavor, coffee, maybe cedar, a touch of sweetness, some earthiness. Really a good cigar, flavor wise.
IamDarren: same here, burn has gotten lopsided again and the wrapper is barely hanging on. Good flavor though.
IamDarren: at least it burned slow and we got an hour of good smoke time in.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is toast. This one had really good flavor, but really poor construction. Still worth the low price, though. I just feel like there are others Iwould recommend first.
Terry1: Even with the construction issues I’d be willing to try it again.
IamDarren: getting a little char taste now. Not bad but reminds me of a whiskey barrell.
Terry1: I’m setting mine down. The wrapper finally let loose.
IamDarren: yeah, i think i will put mine down, it still has a good inch left on one side but the other has quit burning.
IamDarren: this will be a fun rating…..
Terry1: I do like the box these come in.
StraightUpCigars: Pretty close again on ratings. That’s good.
Terry1: Looks like the wrapper killed the scores. Too bad. The AAA should have scored higher.
Terry1: Part of the problem was with the glue. That shouldn’t happen.
StraightUpCigars: I still hate dyed wrappers. I do like the price difference, though
IamDarren: my band actually came off ok, but the fact that it was hiding a hole was pretty crappy.
IamDarren: if i could get them for less than 2 bucks a stick i would have no problem picking up some for yard gars.