The Viaje Juntos is a 2016 collaboration between Viaje and Quesada Cigars and is the third year of the Collaborative lines from Viaje. Viaje Juntos was released in two vitolas (Toro and Torpedo) and are packaged in tins of 10 cigars that connect together.
Wrapper: Negrito (Dominican Republic)
Binder: Criollo (Dominican Republic)
Filler: Dominican Republic
Vitola: 6 x 54 Torpedo
Factory: Quesada Cigars
Production: Limited Edition
Summary: The core flavors are chocolate and wood (both oak and hickory). A light pepper can consistently be found on the finish. Additional flavors include sugary sweetness, leather, peanut, raisin, earth, cherry, and cream. These flavors come and go, most of them not building to strong peaks. Earth and cream do come to the forefront on occasion. Smoking this cigar reminded me of drinking hot chocolate.
Smoke is ample from the cigar, though it feels thin in the mouth. Construction is excellent, with a dense white ash holding on for half the length of the cigar. It burned quite slowly, lasting a long time for a cigar of its size.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Maduro cigars that do not have much pepper or spice. This one was complex.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon, rum, coffee. If you have to do a beer pairing, choose a stout.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: 5-Pack
Summary: The first cigar I reviewed blind from Small Batch was a firmly packed, very toothy, torpedo shaped cigar. The wrapper actually had almost a sandpaper feel to it. From the wrapper I could smell sweet tobacco and overly-ripe dark fruit. I decided to remove the cap with a straight cut. From the cold draw, overly-ripe plums, tobacco and a very slight hint at spice developed together nicely. The draw on my cigar was slightly laborious. The dominant flavors in this cigar included bitter coffee, leather and earth along with floral and mineral notes. The flavor notes felt very "dark" for a medium body, low-medium strength stick. Later in the cigar some green fruit notes joined in as did a hint of salt. Late in the final third there was just a touch of cocoa in the profile, providing the only real change in flavor I experienced at all.
One downside for me was smoke output. I constantly felt like I was coaxing the cigar to produce smoke. The ash of the cigar scored an A+. It was solid and very light gray in color. The burn of the cigar scored an A in my book as well. Zero touch-ups, zero runs...just perfect really.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: It's difficult for me to equate an "if you like that, you'll like this" suggestion simply because I shy away from cigars with this kind of flavor profile and never revisit them. I know they aren't "in my wheelhouse" and there's no reason for me to seek them out.
Pairing Suggestion: Pairing this cigar is going to require careful consideration in my opinion. Anything sweet is really going to accentuate some of the stronger floral notes of the cigar that could easily be construed as bitterness. My suggestion for this cigar is either just water, or a black, floral bodied coffee. If I was to sugggest a purchase of this cigar,
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: I'd say buy one and try it before you commit hard earned smoking dollars to it.
Summary: Starting off, I'm getting chocolate graham crackers and a subtle Maraschino cherry sweetness. The draw is super tight, even after I've pretty much cut off the entire cap. Getting some bitterness now. Aaaaaaaand all the flavors disappeared. Pouring myself a shot of brandy to wake my taste buds up.
Nope. Taste buds weren't asleep. Cheap brandy sucks. Coming to the end of the first third: Solid ash, decent burn. Chocolate and roses, no more bitterness, and then BOOM! 100 Grand – I love that candy bar. But now the Maraschino sweetness is back and I'm not big on Shirley Temples. Final third is giving me Tootsie roll, Galliano, and bitter coffee. No construction gripes.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like this stick you probably also like Mike and Ikes.
Pairing Suggestion: Pair this with a Rye Whiskey. Something to compliment the Maraschino sweetness and hopefully cover up the bitterness.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: The second third was definitely the sweet spot for me. I'd buy a single and stash it away for a year.
Participants in this blind review were completely unaware of the cigar they were evaluating until all submissions were received and processed. Each participant was asked to answer a summary paragraph, an if/than statement, a pairing suggestion, and a purchase suggestion. Cigars were provided by Small Batch with only the expectations of candid responses. All pictures, information, and formatting were completed by a Coordinator outside of the reviewing process.
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