5 Vegas Series A "Apostle"
I would like to preface this by saying this was my 3rd cigar ever. Prior to it I had tried two different Rocky Patel's and some Swisher Sweets, but calling Swisher Sweets a real cigar is like calling a knock-off rolex the real deal.
These came packaged in a normal Cellophane wrapper with the "wood wrapper" on the bottom of the of cigar as well. I will admit in my inexperience my first thought was, "What did they wrap it with so that it's dark at one end and light at the other?" As I took it out of the cellophane I noticed it was taped on there. I unwrapped it and sniffed it, the first thing I could smell was horses. Not a dirty smell mind you, I just had this sensation that I was standing in a horse barn. I was not sure what to make of it, but curious none the less I cut off a bit of the end and stuck it in my mouth. I tend to check for airflow (a habit I picked up from smoking pipe tobacco) and I got a strong taste of black coffee. Not bitter black coffee, just black coffee itself. I lit the cigar and proceeded to puff at it. I was overwhelmed with a coffee, earthy taste for about the first 3rd of the cigar. As I got into the cigar more I could taste a more woody taste, like oak or cedar. The further down the cigar I got, the more woody it got, as it became a nub between my finger I could just barely taste the coffee.
I had 10 of these in total in the box. Between smoking them alone and sharing them with friends, I am down to 2 left. I love every minute of these, they are smooth, robust and very flavorful from start to finish. I may not taste all the little nuances that more refined smokers might taste, but I sure do recommend them to anyone who has not tried them.