Up for review this time around is the 5 (“cinco”) Vegas Serie A Archetype. This is yet another cigar generously provided by my friends over at Cigars Direct for me to review.
Well, I’m going to sound an awful lot like a broken record. Not in the review so much as the excuse making for taking so long to get it written up. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m involved in the world’s slowest job change. Well this week I think I hit the summit of involvement in both contracts. Having reached the peak, I’m hoping for a graceful roll down the other slope.
But enough of that. The good news is that I’ve had ample opportunity to fully evaluate the Serie A. In fact, not only did I smoke the cigars provided by Cigars Direct, I also smoked a couple of the Apostle size I happened to have knocking around in the bottom of my humidor. Which makes this possibly the best researched cigar review I’ve written to date.
Size: 6 x 50 (toro)
Filler: , ,
Smoking Time: 1 3/4 hours
Beverage: Water, Coffee
Price: ~$3 (buy now)
Once you slide off the considerable cedar sheath what you see is a great dark, oily wrapper. Even though there are a few spidery veins, overall, the cigar has a surprising smooth appearance.
In testing the smell of the cigar, I noticed something interesting. The cedar tube had more of the typical barnyard scent that I usually notice on the wrapper. The wrapper, on the other hand, was noticeably sweeter, oiler and earthier than the tube. I clipped each cigar with my trademark flamboyantly-red Xikar and took a cold taste. Sweet dark licorice is what I found there.
I also noticed that a few of the cigars did have a crack in the wrapper. These turned out to be more of a cosmetic issue than a burn problem.
Overall the burn was pretty good in these cigars and the draw was the same. In all cases the burn line wandered a bit in the final third. Well, that’s in all cases but one, insane Apostle size I had in my collection. As I puffed on it on a lazy , I was greeted by a startlingly loud crack about a third of the way in. I thought I’d just lit up a gag cigar, because the business end of a cigar blossomed like an oil-soaked flower. Fortunately, this was just an amusing anomaly, the rest of the cigars of both sizes were more behaved.
The other thing that seemed pretty consistent was that though the draw was good, the smoke seemed to be a bit wispy. The volume of smoke seemed a bit light for the draw.
As you might expect from a such a dark cigar, the first third opened up with a nice combination of chocolate and coffee. What came as a bit of a surprise to me was the sweetness. At points it was like a raisiny syrup, elsewhere more like toffee. As I smoked through the considerable length of the first third I also detected some tasty peppercorn, and an interesting aromatic leather flavor.
As I moved into the next two thirds I came across that flavor that makes people think I’m crazy. That’s right, cherry. (Though since I first noticed it, I’ve been told by another smoker that he’s gets it too.) In addition to cherry (which only appeared briefly around the beginning of the second third, I also got pepper, more rich cocoa, creamy sweetness and more aromatic creamy leather flavors. The final third was more of the same, only with a slightly fuller body.
I no complaints about the price of this cigar. Tipping the scales at 6 x 50, it will keep you happily occupied for at least an hour and a half. The same can’t be said for most movies these days, and you pay nearly three times as much for a ticket!
I really enjoyed this cigar almost every time I lit it up. (Well, except the one that nearly exploded while I smoked it. That one, not so much.) You’re likely to run into some minor cosmetic flaws, and the wrapper may crack a bit while you smoke it, but the array of flavors and low price more than make up for it.
I’d like to thank Cigars Direct again for their generosity. If my review had peaked your interest in this cigar, consider picking it up from them. Since I’ve smoked through my entire supply, I’ll probably be placing an order sometime soon myself!
Liked It: Yes
Buy It Again: Yes
Recommend It: Yes
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What Other People Are Saying
Here’s a quick sample of what other cigar folks around the internet have to say about the Serie ‘A’.
- Walt over at the Stogie Review gave the Archetype an 84/100 back in 2006.
- Keepers of the Flame think the Serie ‘A’ Anomaly is a must try.
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