Today we will review the 5 (pronounced “cinco”) Vegas Miami robusto (5×50). Apparently, I was so eager to test out this cigar that I forgot to take its picture, so you are being treated to a stock photo. The actual cigar looks a little better than this illustration suggests and also has a small blue band around the foot. Its a great-looking cigar. The dark brown wrapper was smooth, with minimal veins, and had a slight oil sheen.
The first couple of puffs caught me off guard with their strength. It was a full-bodied taste, like a strong French Roast coffee. The draw was perfect and the amount of smoke was excellent. After the first few draws, the initial strength of the cigar subsided just a little and a few other flavors began to appear, including a basic tobacco and leather, along with a distinct black pepper spice, especially if exhaled through the nose.
The second third shifted from coffee to a more herbish flavor: hay, vegetation, basil, and a bit of wildflower. The draw was still great and the burn, while not perfect, required no correction. Later in the second third the flavors changed to a more woody taste, a cedar or balsam wood – very smooth.
The final third featured nutmeg and hazelnut, and the taste became a little stronger and less smooth. A bit of anise or black licorice appeared, along with a spicy tobacco flavor. Right at the end, a spiced rum taste appeared just before the cigar became too hot to smoke with about 1.5 inches to go. The burn went off the track for a while, but corrected itself within a few minutes, and the draw remained perfect throughout.