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“5 Vegas has a winner on their hands with this one. It's nothing like their classic, gold line which are more on the mild end of the spectrum. On the other hand, Cask-Strength actually has good strength behind it with what I'd consider a traditional complex flavor profile. It burns well leaving behind a dense solid ash. And the price, can't beat that!”
“Beautiful presentation, nice looking stogie, full flavor. Pleasure experience to smoke. Two down, 18 to go.”
“The best 5 Vegas cigar being offered right now. Appealing full flavor as good as any cigar made. A must try for any smoker who loves a boat load of good flavor.”
“I've tried all the other 5 Vegas varieties except the Relic and this is the best. Great draw and burn, beautiful to look at, and flavor in spades. A pleasure!”
“In posting my opinion regarding a cigar, I try to give those who havent yet tried a paticular cigar a honest review so they can make an informed decision. With that being said. I have a few statements to make about this cigar. The Burn, Draw, and Smoke were excellent. The cigar had a Velvety smooth wrapper which I suspect added much to the flavor. I havent put my finger on all the nuances of this cigar, so Im finding it to be somewhat more complex than I expected. I occassionally got a sweet almost floral smell from the smoke of the cigar, I also tasted what seemed to be a chocolately or probably more like a caramel rum flavor. In the beginning I tasted a light or white pepper that gave way to the rum and also nutty or woodsy flavors, These are all very subtle and I may be way off, As my palate may not be as in tune as others. In any event in my opinion this was an outstanding cigar that was very smooth all the way through. Definately nothing overpowering Maybe thats the accomplishment of a good cigar, when its rated on the full spectrum but its so smooth one tends to think its more of a medium blend. Ill be looking forward to smoking more of these in the not so distant future. Thanks CI for bringing us all these wonderful blends and even more wonderful prices.”
“This is an amazing cigar. The rich, robust flavors immediately kick your palate upon lighting. Yes, it does have a sweet spot- the entire cigar. I like to call cigars that never ash and taste wonderful until they burn your fingers a "roach-clip" cigar. This is a true roach-clip cigar.
The strength is apparent after smoking about an inch. The effects of the tobacco are heavy, but even. The construction is as you would expect, perfect. Draw from one end to the other is smooth, and the burn, for two that I've smoked so far, was a perfect halo. The ash column was half of the cigar at one point, and hit the concrete with a nice thud when it finally detached.
Overall, one of the best.”
“I got some of these in a sampler pack. 5 of them. I fired one up and as usual with 5 Vegas brand it burned perfectly. I didn't like the cigar, thought it was bitter. A few days later tried another. Didn't like it either so I left the other three alone. They sat in my humidor for nearly a year. I finally thought what the heck and tried another one. I liked it. I smoked the other two and liked them too. What I am trying to say is a little aging in the humidor mellows out the bitterness I encountered and turns these into a really enjoyable smoke. The flavors change throughout the burn and all in all by the end I was completely satisfied.
To each their own but for me if I get more I will age them. Good cigar”
“WOW! Just tried my first 5 vegas cask and it is Fan-damn-tastic! I think 5 vegas is a Great cigar and these cask cigars prove it. What super a cigar to smoke. The construction, flavor and enjoyment of this cigar can not be put into words! This cigar is sooo good, it was "love at first light" !”
“5 Vegas cask II is a nice cigar plenty of flavor, good draw and a decent price. Another fine cigar made for the 5 Vegas line, don't miss out on these.”
“5 Vegas cask II is one of the better cigars on the market full of flavor great construction perfect burn. Very limited so get 'em now because when there gone they are gone. Oh yea if you like the first series of the cask you will love 5 Vegas cask II.”
“The 5 Vegas Cask Strength II is the best of the 5 Vegas line. Great spice and earth. Real smooth and produces copious amounts of smoke. Excellent taste.”
“I think the 5 Vegas Cask Strength is an excellent cigar, strong without being over-powering. The pre-light aroma is, to me, very pleasant and that, added to the excellent draw and burning characteristics, make for an enjoyable smoke.”
“Got to say this is my favorite (5 Vegas Cask-Strength II) , too. Smooth in draw and smoke, rich in flavor. One good cigar.”
“Just had another Cask-Strength II ... it is about as full a strength cigar as I've had ... it is smooth, rich, loads of flavor ... started out with just ice water, then paired it with a fine scotch on the rocks ... best to have on a full stomach and prepared for a leisurely & powerful smoke (don't want to rush it) ... in my humble opinion, the best 5 Vegas that I have tried (I haven't had the Miami) ... a rare treat.”
“I bought a single Cask Strength with my regular shipment and let it sit in the humi until I was done with all the other cigars, about a month. Upon lighting, that 'hope this is worth it' factor was high.
This cigar takes over 2 inches to open up and hit its stride flavor-wise but when it does it is very good. There is some of that 'leather' some 'wood' a good, strong 'native' tobacco feel and taste.
The flavor towards the end can best be described as 'horse hair', like sticking your face in a wet horse's tail. Sounds strange, but it's a good cigar.
That said, it does have very solid construction all the way down to the nub, no heat cracking or any dumb stuff like that.
I guess the best way to describe the flavor is smooth. I'd imagine it would go very well with a subtle Merlot.
I personally had two B&B's (Benedictine and Brandy) with the cigar which I find compliments most mid-flavor cigars very nicely.
Overall, a treat which lives up to its name. I would love to try one of these with some MacAllan 15 year. Maybe after I rob this bank I'll consider doing just that!!!
“I always take the wrapper off, and smell the cigar immediately. When I smelled the first Cask Strength cigar, I knew it was going to be a treat. In my opinion, this is 5 Vegas' best. Love all the flavors you get with this one. I also had a problem with one of them burning quite unevenly, but won't judge all by one. Will get more, and more...”
“Outstanding full bodied cigar! Not overpowering, just great full cigar flavor. Burned nice, good draw. A perfect compliment to a good bourbon. Good to the last 1/2 inch.”
“Wow! Just got these out of the box from UPS and had to fire one up! The term "Cask Strength" really misled me: I expected something much stouter, maybe even harsh, but this cigar is none of that. Smooth, cedar and spice with a buttery aftertaste and lots of fragrant smoke. Beatiful wrapper and the box press is a nice touch. Another home run for 5 Vegas! Thanks CI!!!”
“Not a big smoker of fuller flavored cigar, but enjoyed this one enough to give it a 8.5 out of 10. Might enjoy one of these occasionally just to have a bit of variety in my humidor. It burned well and have a consistent flavor all in all a good cigar.”
“Finally got my paws on one of these today (5 Vegas Cask-Strength II), and now once again I can say that I've tried all flavors 5 Vegas. After just having a Relic a few hours before I can say with a renewed pallet that these cask strengths are indeed slightly better. While both offer a full bodied experience I lean towards the casks because they draw a little better giving me a mouth full of flavor on every pull. the crisp ligero spice I Adore so much is very evident, and there are hints of earth, and I get some nice cedar time to time. The wrapper is very oily and the burn is straight, and unwavering. Once again the lead has changed and now goes to Cask Strength as my fav cinco Vegas offering... now if I can just get a case before they go on back order again I'll be happy...”
“Okay, the Cask-Strength is a freaking fantastic cigar, but someone needs to fess up... this cigar is strong, but it ain't the strongest smoke out there. If you are looking for a phenomenal, well constructed, tasty med-full smoke, here you go; if you are looking for knee-knocking gut twister... you might want to look elsewhere, depending on your tolerance to strength.”
“Got these as part of the sampler. Really like the nice oily wrapper, more like the Miami than the Red or Gold. Great flavor: like dark chocolate and some spice that has a clean finish. I think it a perfect full smoke for most. I plan on buying more.”
“I have smoked about 7 of these now. They are excellent cigars. Not as good as Man-O-War ruination, but very close and at 5$ a stick they are a good buy. If you can catch a sale, they are a fabulous buy. I highly suggest them.”
“I got this in a sampler but it's been on my radar to try for a while now. I have to say that I was seriously surprised by it, it blew me away. From start to finish I can't find a bad thing to say, it looks great, burns evenly, perfect draw, & the flavor is amazing; this cigar quickly rose to one of my favorites & I only had one! This cigar will definitely find a home in my humidor that's for sure.”
“Now I've added fan mail about this cigar before when I had it in a sampler but was lucky enough to receive an entire "cask" for Christmas, having just enjoyed another one I have to say you don't smoke the 5 Vegas Cask Strength, you experience it. If you haven't given this cigar a try yet you're seriously missing out.”
“This is my favorite cigar. Smooth all the way. Let's face it, the packaging (cask) is beautiful and appealing in itself (they make great gifts). At around $5.00 per stick I don't think there is a better value out there. Truly a fine smoke.”
“This is one of my staple cigars. Will always be room for them in my humi! To me, these are medium in body, no strong weird after taste, very spicy! Good all the way to the nub, perfect even burn, overall just a BAMF cigar!”
“Spice and leather. The best draw and burn of any cigar I have smoked so far. Full body but not overpowering. I am buying more.”
“WHOA!!!! OK, I had a feeling by the wrapper things were going to be good, but you can't always judge a book by it's cover....ugh this one you can. GREAT FLIPPEN CIGAR! I"M BUYING A BOX AND I ONLY SMOKED the first inch. I'm eating some Hot Wings..and can taste the hint of whiskey too! There is another brand who tries to do the whiskey thing, but kills it period!”
“This is a phenomenal cigar from it's it's reddish, oily wrapper to the finger-burning nub! It has a dominant flavor of leather with subtle shifts in flavor as it burns. I'm a fan of the box-press, so this didn't disappoint in that area, either. Frankly, the only bad thing is that I smoked them all in about 2 months.
I recommend the Ferkins-pack upgrade thing (if CI is still offering it). Those babies were plump and extended the clock-time goodness of a 5 Vegas Cask Strength.
And if you're a sucker for cool cigar boxes like I am, the Cask Strength comes in a wooden barrel. A wooden barrel, for heaven's sake--way cool.”
“This is a very fine cigar. Instantly from the first puff, you become consumed in flavor. I love the liga privada no.9 and I can easily compare this smoke to it. good burn, awesome draw, and and ash that just wont let go. Will definetly get more of these babies when my hummie gets room for more. 5 vegas makes a fine cigar, and thanks to CI I can get them.”
“The Cask-Strength is one beautiful, box-pressed cigar, with a beautiful mahogany-colored Corojo wrapper. Pre-light, it smelled wonderful: smoky and leathery and spicy and flowery(?) all at once. It felt good in the hand, too: solid, evenly packed, slightly oily. The construction was as close to perfect as I've seen yet. It lit easily and burned evenly and cooly for a little over an hour. Punch-cut, the draw was perfect. The tastes were many and varied, but never muddled or overpowering - leather, smoky whiskey, oak and mild spices throughout, with a faint white peppery tingle in the first third and an unusual "red" fruitiness, like cherries or plums once I got past the halfway point. It's listed as medium-full bodied, but I'd say it's definitely closer to full. In fact, it's a touch stronger than I normally prefer, but absolutely delicious nonetheless.”
“Hardly a cigar expert, but I just really like these. Really good flavor, nice draw and the price easy to handle. I would say try them...you'll probably like them.”
“This cigar can go head to head with and $15 + cigar on the market. AWSOME SMOKE!!!!!!!!! i give this my highest regard. Perfect draw, perfect burn, perfect ash, and the flavor is complex... Its spicey but not overpowering.. It is a cigar that any smoker will enjoy”
“This was the first cigar i had smoked in a couple of months and man did i underestimate it! The flavor was great, complex with spices, leather, and woodsyness but not overpowering. Caught me by suprise though just past the halfway point. I am more of a mild to mid strentgh ciger fan and this definelty lives up to its name. Excellent but strong, recommend this as one of 5 Vegas' top smokes.”
“Honestly to me, it is somewhere in the middle of the good full flavor brands.”
“Being the first person to give a negative review on this cigar, I'm living life in a dangerous mannEr. However, in order to give those who don't care for the taste of over powering cigars. It then becomes my duty to offer another side. The good: The long even white ash that builds up on the end of the dark brown cigar is a picture of colors. The easy draw, slow burn, is the way all cigars should be made. However, back when I was in Vietnam there was a few times I had to be awake while others slept in the jungle around me. In order to not fall asleep while on an ambush, I would take a tea bag and just suck on it. By doing this, I was getting all the caffeine possible out of the tea. As soon as I lit this cigar, floods of memory that I had rather forget about came into my head since the flavor reminded me of sucking on the tea bag. Not wanting to waste the cigar, I tried to smoke it to the end but was unable. It had nothing to do with the strength, the bitter taset was more than I could handle. Again, I'm the only person on here that has given it a bad review so it would appear that I am in the minority. Just thought there should be something written on behalf of those who may not want to rock the boat by disagreeing with all the rest.”
“Pros: great aroma and flavor! Lots of smoke and overall it is delicious. Cons: a few 5 Vegas cigars including this one burn unevenly.”
“Where do I start. How about fantastic, awesome, great taste. Got these in a boxed press beauty sampler and they are just a great cigar. The whole sampler is just fantastic. Cannot say enough good things about this stick. Great right out from the start, even smoke, not too harsh, great flavors, stays lit the entire time. I paired this smoke twice, once with Johnny Walker Black, and the other with a local pilsner beer, and both times the cigar complimented the drink. I would recommend this stick to anyone, and have told many about it. give it a try you will not be disappointed.”
“I have had quite a few different 5 Vegas cigars and this is by far the best. Next to the series A that I have had it tastes great looks great and smells even better. The only bad thing about them is that you can never get enough to keep your humidor stocked. You want to keep smoking them. All I can say is thank you CI for great cigars and great prices.”
“I really enjoyed this one from 5 Vegas. Very flavorful and strong. Burned great, great draw, and great construction. This is definitely not an every day cigar, but great to bust out every once in a while. I got one of these with a sampler and order a single Firkin version to try out. I can see this cigar making it into the rotation.”
“I've had a couple of these and couldn't be more impressed. These are very leathery and flavorful. Simply a great burn! I will definitely buy these again but wish 5 Vegas would make them in more than one size.”
“Simply incredible flavor! Not harsh in the least and has a smooth creamy aftertaste! My new favorite cigar!!”
“Wonderfully unique flavor; almost a sweet liquor nuance. Bursts of spice backed up by woody and earthy tones, with a slight but very present creamy toastiness after the halfway mark. THICK, heavy smoke. I've smoked two so far and had some pretty significant burn issues with both. The burn was uneven, and one had bad tunneling problems. For the other, the burn corrected itself by about the middle of the stick.
“I am still fairly new to anything other than mild cigars, but this one is full of great flavor and not too overwhelming in strength. It definitely has a hint of liquor taste on the finish, and would be perfect to smoke along with a glass of Crown Royal or bourbon.”
“To preface this review I will say that I am a fan of 5 Vegas products, particularly the Gold, Limitada, AAA, and Miami offerings. I received a few "Cask-Strength" 5 Vegas as part of the "Heritage Collection." Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed by this offering. Maybe, my box of cigars sat at Kandahar for too long an dried out a bit, or I possibly got a "bad batch," who knows. The Cask-Strength I had both burned pretty unevenly, had a poor draw even after re-cutting, and I had to relight them multiple times. To sum it up the "Cask-Strength" hurt my feelings. I'll continue my patronage of 5 Vegas, just not this one.”
“I might have a new favorite 5 Vegas cigar. Great smoke.”
“This is one of my favorite cigars. I've smoked quite a few of these and they all seem to be a consistent burn, with no need for touch-ups with the lighter. I love the flavor, this is a very full bodied cigar with earthly and leathery flavors and if that is your taste profile, I gaurantee you will not be disappointed. The very thick billowing smoke that rolls off this treasure is just the "icing on the cake" for me with this cigar.”
“Toro (6.0"x52) A beauty to look at. For being a full bodied cigar, it is extremely smooth and enjoyable.”
“A friend of mine gave me several different cigars out of his humidor for my birthday and this was one of them. This is the first 5 Vegas I have tried and was pleasantly surprised by the med-full bodied flavors as my friend has told me that the other 5 Vegas cigars he smokes are very mild. I will be getting some of these in the future.”
“Although I am not typically a fan of "boxed pressed", I have got to say I throughly enjoyed these beauties.....certainly know what I will be reordering soon.”
“Great burn, easy draw, and tons of smoke, as I've come to expect from 5 Vegas. The burn is so even that when I start to think it's starting to burn more to one side it's only off by half a fingernail at most. Very smooth, slightly spicy but mostly woody and earthy. Not a very complicated cigar, but good nonetheless. Stronger than anything else that has passed through my humidor, if cigars usually give you a buzz you may want to wait for a special night to smoke one of these. Definitely buying more to fill out my humidor since they're supposed to get better with age, but right now they're my go to cigar so they don't get to sit around for very long.”
“This was in "The Motherlode" sampler and I have to say it was a tough decision, but after smoking all of them, the 5 Vegas Cask Strength finished in a tie for 1st place with the Cohiba Extra Vigoroso. If you want a beatifully made, delicious cigar at a not bad price, try this one. I would put it at a Medium to Full strength just a hair shy of the mid-point between the two. An absolutely wonderful smoking experience.”
“The most flavorful 5 Vegas. Can't wait for more!”
“Corojo lovers rejoice! 5 Vegas has outdone themselves with this beauty. Not quite a Camacho Corojo, IMHO, but dad-gum delicious, by any standards. 1st deal I can find on a few of these, I will throw them in the humi next to my High Primings & "A"s.”
“I've had a few of these and like them as most of the 5 Vegas is a solid favorite of mine, but there is a slight inconsistency to how it burns...front end of the stick goes fast, middle tends to bog down a little, then the back end goes fast again...did make for an uneven burn on one of them I had recently. However, flavor-wise and smoke-wise, I can't complain. It could've just been a batch that wasn't rolled evenly or packed evenly. I'll still get them from time to time...”
“I did not like the taste of the Cask Strength as much as I liked the other 5 Vegas cigars that I have smoked. I felt the tobacco flavor was somewhat bland. Not a bad cigar, just not as enjoyable, to my taste, as, say, the Classic”