Size Name: Archetype (Toro)
Wrapper Color: Dark Brown (Maduro)
Last night I got out of class early and decided that I was going to have a cigar once I got home. I decided to go with the 5 Vegas Series “A” Archetype, that I got in a sampler last month.
This cigar has a large attractive band along with a cedar sheath that covers most of the cigar. After removing the cedar you can?t help but notice how dark and appealing this cigar is.
I punched the end of my cigar and began the lighting process. The cigar lit very easily, the draw was a little firm but very flavorful. The initial was relatively mild with hints of cocoa. The mild flavor took me a little off guard. I was expecting a much fuller flavor, however this was nice.
The cocoa undertones seemed to disappear then would slowly creep up on you again. This cigar was relatively mild throughout the first third of smoking. The flavor started to pick up leaving less hints cocoa and more of a woodsy flavor on the pallet.
After a little more time passed I hear a sudden pop that just made me shudder. I the wrapper had cracked leaving a hole, big enough for me to see straight through. At this point the cigar took a hard turn and became very full in flavor. I slowed down and tried my best to keep the cigar from overheating, but the cracked wrapper seemed to make this impossible. The flavor was now very harsh and I almost gave up on this stick.
I toughed it out and smoked about an inch of cigar before I was past the crack. Once I got beyond the crack in the wrapper the cigar was fantastic. I’m really glad I didn’t give up on it. The harshness was gone and the cigar was much creamier than it was initially.
The cocoa flavor was more apparent now while the woodsy flavor died down to the point where I could barely notice it. The flavor was a bit milder than in the mid section of the cigar. Things sort of settled into my comfort zone and I didn’t want to put it down.
After about two hours of smoking the nub was finally too short to hold on to and I had to lay it down in the ashtray.
To sum things up I think that was a fantastic cigar. My rating would have been higher, but the crack in the wrapper really seemed to destroy the flavor and complexity of this cigar. I have one more left in this size and cant wait for a few months to go by so I can review it again. I’m hoping the problem with the wrapper was just a fluke and the next one will be even more enjoyable than the first.
My rating sheet can be found below.