After some research I decided I had to try this cigar, it’s aged in bourbon casks after all!
I was immediately drawn to the incredibly oily wrapper. It has a dark chocolate brown color with numerous medium sized veins. It looks very nice.
The Cask Strength has a fantastic floral smell with some peppery spice. The foot smells particularly earthy with a barnyard like smell.
It is very firm but evenly packed down the entire length of the smoke. I decided to cut instead of punch and was surprised by the very firm draw. It was fairly difficult to take in air through it, but I figured it would probably open up after being lit.
I went ahead and lit up the 5 Vegas Cask Strength and it started off very nicely. The smoke was earthy and medium bodied with a cedary base flavor and a nice sweet honey finish. It is only producing a medium amount of smoke, but it will suffice. The ash was a nice firm dark gray and held on for over an inch.
The beginning of the second third introduced a very interesting flavor that is only comparable to dijon mustard. This was a first for me with cigars. The primary flavors of cedar with a sweet finished remained the same. The draw did not open up in the second third, in fact it became more difficult! It took some mashing and pinching to keep the smoke coming.
The final third developed some nice coffee flavor and the finish was still sweet but with some pepper and spice. The smoke remained medium in body. Unfortunately the draw did not really open up until the very end of the cigar.
Overall, I enjoyed the 5 Vegas Cask Strength. I should mention that this particular cigar was aged in my humidor for roughly six months. I suspect that the pleasant sweet finish had something to do with a bourbon barrel aging. The low volume of smoke that I was getting disappointed me. That was really the only downside of this cigar. If you like unique medium bodied cigars, give it a try!