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Stogie Reviews: 5 Vegas Gold Torpedo

1 Feb 2010

A victim of the cigar boom that was later bought up and revived by Cigars International, 5 Vegas (pronounced “Cinco Vegas”) has a loyal following for its consistency and value. Several of the brand’s lines, including the maduro-wrapped Series ‘A’ and the Sumatra-wrapped Classic, are considered reliable everyday smokes for cigar enthusiasts far and wide.

5 Vegas Gold TorpedoA top seller among them is the Gold. This Honduran-made smoke is, according to Cigars International, evidence that “milder cigars still rule…despite the pomp and circumstance surrounding full-bodied, powerhouse cigars these days.”

Packaged in trapezoidal prism-shaped boxes of 20, Gold features a long filler of five-year-old Cuban-seed tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras and a Honduran binder. It is draped in a smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with an ochre hue and few veins

Seven sizes are available, including a box-pressed format called “Double Nickel” and a small smoke called “Nuggets.” Opting for a more traditional vitola, I chose the Torpedo (6 x 54) for this review. It is a predominantly handsome yet listless-looking cigar with a delicate aroma of hay and sharp cap that’s prone to minor tears.

After toasting the foot, the Torpedo shows promise with a flavor of creamy almond and a surprisingly peppery finish. The profile, although a tad salty, is nicely balanced and the resting smoke is subtle and appealing.

Another positive trait that quickly emerges is the Torpedo’s effortless draw. Each puff is noticeably clear, producing rich, voluminous billows of white smoke—likely contributing to the cigar’s relatively quick burn.

Approaching the midway point, the taste settles into one of less pepper and more cream. A caramel-like sweetness is also present, adding a bit of depth to the mild smoke. Then, as the straight burn progresses, the finale is marked by an even milder flavor that makes specific notes difficult to pick up.

On the whole, while I may not agree with the Gold blend’s more enthusiastic reviews, I concur that this an good value—especially for only $65 per box or $18 per five-pack.

The Torpedo works well in the morning, and its excellent construction makes it a prime candidate for the golf course. Impressed but not enthralled, I give the 5 Vegas Gold Torpedo three and a half stogies out of five.

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Patrick A

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Drew Estate

7 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: 5 Vegas Gold Torpedo”

  1. dmjones Monday, February 1, 2010 at 4:58 am #

    Thanks for the review, Patrick.

    I had a couple of these years ago and was very impressed at the time. I'll have to make a point to order some and see how I feel about them now.

  2. lowpro75 Monday, February 1, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    You got this one right. Overall a nice smoke, especially during the day. Not something that you want to celebrate a milestone with but a good value that you wouldn't be ashamed to share with those who don't appreciate a good cigar.

  3. Bruce Monday, February 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    I just reviewed the Gold Nugget this weekend as well. Did it as a morning cigar with coffee. I also enjoy the #1. Taste + price = value. And, this works if you like mild cigars in this case. Check my new cigar blog when you get a chance.

  4. john Monday, February 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    Patrick: i like the gold for my morning commute, into work occasionally, not too strong foe a 5 a.m. drive!!!

  5. JoshK Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    I really appretiate this cigar for it’s very noticable flavor profile for such a mild cigar. I always try to keep a few around.

  6. Mike Friday, February 5, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    It reminds me of the CAO Gold — a favorite when I want a milder, creamy smoke — at a cheaper price. I like them.

  7. Peter Brown Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 2:04 am #

    I think the 5 Vegas is the perfect cigar to share with friends gathered together in the evening. It’s a mild cigar with Connecticut Shade wrappers.