Size: 5.7 x 54 (Perfecto)
Wrapper: Dominican Republic Corojo
Binder and Filler: Dominican Republic Piloto, Corojo, Crillo
Price: Roughly $5.25
Behind The Stick:
I was lucky enough to have this cigar gifted to me from Cigars Direct within their cigar of the month program and I must say that I have not been able to smoke more than one, this is a single cigar or initial thoughts review. Right from the beginning one can tell this cigar is not like many others on the market – simply by the physical aesthetics alone. The Dominican Puro created as a single vitola of 5.7 x 54 perfecto has been blended using a mainly Criollo and Corojo mix but to top off this blend, they added a single leaf of 12-year old Piloto tobacco (all Dominican of course) to take out some of the bite and smooth the cigar down. I wish I had more specific information about the brand and the history, but this is just one of those cigars that seems to have come out of no where with limited documented history – haha.
Did someone say tooth? If you have never heard the term or unsure of what they are referencing when using this term, just take a look at this wrapper. Although not granular like sand paper but similar in appearance this wrapper appears to have small ‘bumps’ along its entire length – In my opinion this coincides perfectly with the band and overall appearance, giving it that older, almost ancient ‘relic’ feel. A little over packed, this cigar does nothing but scream to be clipped and lit. The mild veins and odd appearance – although hitting a different ‘nerve’ – did not cause any negative effects to the triple cap, band, burn or ash. All in all a very well made cigar. Bonus.
From holding the cigar at arms length to inspecting it up close, this stick had an appearance that was perfectly fit by the delivery. Although the beginning was a much more pronounced tobacco flavor, a mild coffee and nutty flavor emerged slowly, a very subtle hint of sweetness breaking through to a very enjoyable mix. During the process of warming up and moving to a larger filler to wrapper ratio, the cigar seemed to pick up a bit more spice – not like a black pepper or cooking spice but more similar to a sweet spice – perhaps cinnamon or something of the like.
Once well within the middle, and fattest portion of the cigar – the first ash was removed at about an inch and a half and a surge of the initial coffee flavor returned but this time mixed with a more defined sweet note of coco – similar to the powdered chocolate drink mix. Rounding the corner and entering the final portion of the cigar the original coffee flavor that I really have grown to enjoy seems to slowly ebb away, the sweet spice and tobacco taking the foreground – a minor leather or bitter flavor appearing just before I put this one out prior to a nub.
5 Vegas has done it again, created a unique yet interestingly enough, very productive cigar. Originally when I saw this cigar, I looked down at it and put it in my humidor without too much worry or concern. After it sat there for a few months, being rotated to the top and then to the back and forth, the simple band stood out and I knew what I had to try. I wish I had gotten a few more of these, for after 2 months or so of rest and a hankering for something new to try, I find myself reaching for another! Would I consider this one a hit out of the park and into the ‘wow’ category – absolutely not. Would I consider this to be a great road trip or ‘mind wandering’ cigar? Without a doubt.
The 5 Vegas Relic was able to include enough of a physical persona as well as just enough complexity to keep one interested or a great conversation cigar but I would not consider this a daily or a ‘go to’ stick for myself. I really like those cigars where you don’t ‘have’ to pay attention to the flavor changes, you can just enjoy a great conversation and pick up on the noticeable changes. If you have never tried them I highly recommend a 3 to 5 pack – this full body beauty might be right up an alley similar to mine, or perhaps this one will be a total bomb but at $5.00 (give or take) a pop, splurge for a couple and give it a chance!
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