The 5 Vegas brand (read "cinco vegas") is one of our favorite top shelf premiums. Delivering consistently superior construction and blends, the man behind the brand is Cuban born Henry "Kiki" Berger, a legend in Esteli, Nicaragua and one of those unique personalities that always seems to be liked by everyone. The Series ‘A’ line up features sizes and shapes whose names all begin with, you guessed it, the letter ‘A’ including the special edition Animal you have in your shipment today, which our panel was particularly taken with. Encased by an oily and super rich Costa Rican wrapper, it's a handrolled beauty worth admiring. A three nation long leaf filler blend of four year aged tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras delivers notes of robust, medium-to-full-bodied flavors, including subtle spices and coffee-like notes, with a highly distinctive charred smokiness on the palate. The finish is long lived and features a light blend of sweetness of spice. More on the full side, pair this animal with rum and cola on a warm spring afternoon.
The Nicaraguan cigar industry originated when Cuban cigar makers escaped the revolution and re-established their livelihood in Nicaragua with Cuban-seed tobacco. Blessed with dark, rich soil, their new home was ideal for tobacco cultivation and Nicaragua quickly became known for cigars that rivaled Cuban quality. Unfortunately, revolution and war came to Nicaragua in the 1980s and devastated the industry, but it’s rebounded dramatically and is once again producing tobacco considered by many to be the finest in the world.
The Esteli Valley is in many ways the heart of Nicaraguan production and is known for its very powerful and spicy tobacco. The Jalapa Valley produces arguably the finest tobacco in the country: somewhat sweeter and less intense than Esteli, but extremely complex. The tobacco of the Condega Valley is often described as a blend of the other two regions.
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Our purchasing power allows us to offer exceptional reorder values on highly rated
cigars such as Rocky Patel's Decade Torpedo, rated 95 in Cigar Aficionado.