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Stogie Reviews: 5 Vegas Series ‘A’ Alpha

20 Jun 2007

I was amazed, and even a little embarrassed, to realize the other day that the 5 Vegas Series ‘A’ (pronounced Cinco Vegas) had not yet been the subject of a full Stogie Guys review. (It was the subject of a February Quick Smoke.) After all, the six inch by 52 ring gauge Alpha vitola is one of my favorite everyday go-to smokes – not to ruin the ending or anything.

As you can see by the picture, this is a beautiful cigar with a dark and smooth Costa Rican maduro wrapper. Neatly adorned by a large black and gold band and a cedar strip across the foot, I always make sure to keep at least a few of these near the ceiling of my glass top humidor.

Series ‘A’ is billed as the stronger, fuller side of 5 Vegas Classic – a line that boasts the highest rated non-Cuban stogie in the Cigar Aficionado blind taste test. For only $3.50-4, the torpedo-shaped Alpha has an excellent reputation as a stick that’s low on price and big on flavor.

And that’s pretty damn accurate. After the foot catches quickly and evenly with just a few wooden matches, the rich wrapper combines with a three-country blend of four-year-old long filler to create an aromatic flavor of leather and spicy clove. A soft touch of sweet molasses evens out the flavor profile.

Like many maduros, a certain saltiness kicks in at the midway point, followed by an increase in spice. This is one of those progressive stogies that eases the smoker into the taste instead of sprinting right out of the gate.

But as full as the flavor becomes, the cigar is never harsh or overbearing. I think this has a lot to do with the exceptionally clear draw that allows ample air to mix with the smoke, giving the taste a light and fluffy appeal.

All of the other physical properties are fine, including an even burn and a solid white ash.

When it’s all said and done, the bottom line is I would be happy to pay just about double for this cigar. The Series ‘A’ is a major player in my regular rotation because it’s one of the few non-harsh sticks that yields excellent flavor and consistent construction for under $5.

Therefore, I give the 5 Vegas Series ‘A’ Alpha four out of five stogies.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

Patrick A


10 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: 5 Vegas Series ‘A’ Alpha”

  1. Patrick S Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 5:21 am #

    Patrick A notes correctly that the suggested retail proce is $3.50-4, but often these can be had for around two dollars a cigar on Cigar Bid…. which is a fantastic bargain.

  2. AntonioP Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 5:38 am #

    Thanks for the review. I've been smoking these for awhile, and I couldn't agree more.

  3. matthew cortez Monday, June 25, 2007 at 11:18 am #

    Went to 3 smoke shops none carry vegas?

  4. Maynard G. Krebbs Monday, July 2, 2007 at 3:41 pm #

    I've heard that Cigar International owns them and I have only seen them on their three sites, CBid,, and their own site, Just ordered twenty 6x50s for $49 shipped. I love them and so do my friends. These and a Heineken is enough to offset my lousy personality

  5. Sandra Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 7:26 am #

    I have brought some of the 5 Vegas Series A as a present for a friend for the holidays.. I am trying to put a small variety together but all i know anything about cigars and all i know is he likes the 5 Vegas Series A any suggestions?

  6. kent Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 10:22 pm #

    excellent site…please, put me on your emailer.

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