This week’s group cigar review is of the 5 Vegas High Primings. We think the Classic is a good value, so we’re curious were this one stands. This cigar has a nice looking wrapper with a sweet earthy smell. It has a very open draw after cutting, I’m wishing I used a punch instead. Once lit up, it is very earthy tasting with some spicy pepper and a hint of sweetness. We noted that it has a little more flavor than the Classic. That draw is wide open and the cigar burns fast producing a lot of smoke. The speed at which it smokes causes a little bitterness, but a purge fixes that. Towards the end a nutty flavor was dominating. Overall, the loose draw knocked some points off the construction, but it made up for it with good flavor. Here’s the kicker, these can be had online for as low as $1 each, so these are a huge bargain. We recommend it at that low price.
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 10/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
StraightUpCigars: I like the super pleasant sweet earthy tobacco smell and perfect looking wrapper leaf. The draw is wide open after cutting though.
Terry1: I was surprised with the box press when I bought these. Didn’t expect that. Cigar looks nice. Maybe a little soft when squeezed. Probably why the draw is open. Getting a slightly sweet tobacco note on the cold draw. Ready to light up.
StraightUpCigars: Me to, lighting up.
Terry1: A lot of flavors right up front. Getting earth, medium pepper and a sweet, almost floral note. I’m not liking the open draw but it isn’t affecting the cigar.
StraightUpCigars: That open draw results in a ton of smoke, I’m going to have to try not to smoke it too fast.
StraightUpCigars: I love the earthy flavor with some spice. Easy to smoke cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Super mild start. Very 5 Vegas. Can’t wait to see what it does later.
Terry1: Yeah so far the flavors are consistent. The burn was getting uneven but it corrected itself. Ash fell off without any help so watch out.
StraightUpCigars: My ash tapped off real easy, thanks for the warning.
Terry1: I’ve smoked many of the Classics but it has been a while since my last one. From what I remember I’m liking this one better. Seems to me the Classic had a very generic flavor. Not bad but nothing I’d intentionaly buy. Maybe it’s the change in the wrapper but I feel like I’m getting fuller flavors with the High Primings. If that makes any sense.
StraightUpCigars: That does make sense and I agree with you. This one seems to offer just a hair more in the flavor department than the standard classic. I did like the classic a lot, mostly due to the low price, pleasant flavor, and reliability.
Terry1: About half way, this one is smoking fast. I’m detecting more sweetness and a grassy or hay note that’s in the background. I’m liking the flavor. I don’t want to admit it but I’m starting to feel the nicotine allready. They weren’t kidding about the ligero.
StraightUpCigars: It sure is smoking fast, real fast. The body has ramped up to medium, probably mostly due to the fact that it’s burning hot.
StraightUpCigars: This may be the loosest draw I’ve ever had on a cigar. Although I generally view that as a negative, there is something to be said for how easy it is to puff on and how much smoke it produces.
Terry1: Took the bands off. No problems. The cigar is underfilled, maybe so they could box press it. I’m liking this enough to try it again without the box press. Maybe the draw wouldn’t be quite so open.
Terry1: You’re gonna love the price. I got these on CigarBid for about a dollar each. Factor in the price and this is a pretty good every day kind of smoke.
StraightUpCigars: Holy crap! What a deal. I like it a lot more now
StraightUpCigars: My bands popped off easy too. Luckily my burn has stayed even enough, I thought it was going to get lopsided at times.
Terry1: My burn has been very good. It was a little off in that first inch but it’s been burning great since. Usually with a box press you get burn issues. I’ll give a high five to High Primings for getting it right.
Terry1: I’m pleasantly surprised with the flavors too. A nice mix of sweetness, hay, pepper and floral.
StraightUpCigars: I am starting to feel this one, so they aren’t kidding about the ligero are they?
Terry1: I started feeling it about half way. It went away briefly and I thought that was going to be it and I wouldn’t have any problems. But this last third is really ramping up on the strength. I’m getting a little dizzy now.
StraightUpCigars: Yep, I’m shocked how strong this one is for a cigar with such a mild start.
Terry1: I was getting a little bit a bitterness maybe from some tar building up. Purged and now it’s tasting good again. I’m getting some nuttiness now.
StraightUpCigars: I agree with the nuttiness. This is a completely different cigar than when we started.
Terry1: Yeah it had a nice subtle transission from start to finish. And it’s finishing well.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, and I can’t get over the fact that it only costs $1 on the bid site!
Terry1: Yeah that was crazy. I was willing to go to $10 on a five pack but the bidding stopped at $6. I just don’t think many people know this is a good cigar. I get the feelling 5 Vegas as a brand doesn’t get much attention with all the great new cigars coming out.
StraightUpCigars: I think you’re right. 5 Vegas screwed themselves by dropping the price on their sticks so much over the years.
StraightUpCigars: I love mine right now. Lots of nutty and earthy flavor with spice and some sweetness.
Terry1: Unfortunately I’m about done. I could use another inch or two. Good cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, mine’s just about there too. I’ll rate in a second.
Terry1: And it’s still cool to the touch. As fast as it burned and the loose draw I was expecting a hot finish.
StraightUpCigars: Great scores! Love finding real good cheapies.
Terry1: I’d say the 5 Vegas High Primings got the SUC seal of approval. Good cigar at a great price point.
StraightUpCigars: Exactly. I like your “high five for the high primings”