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BLIND Viaje Private Keep Review (2019)

BLIND Viaje Private Keep Review (2019)

Wrapper: Corojo ‘99

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Vitola: Toro (6 x 52)

Purchase LinkViaje Private Keep


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Summary:  Leather, musk, and pepper in the first inch.  The wrapper cracked near the foot so hopefully the ash engulfs the cleavage before it spreads.  I'm getting wheat, peach, and marshmallow in the background; fingers crossed they become more prominent because I'm not huge on cigars deep in the leather department.  

Cracked wrapper didn't spread as I enter the second third.  Still getting mainly musky leather with a hint of chocolate now.  Took a while, but this cigar is finally coming into its own.  Floral notes give this stick what it was missing.

One relight required in the final third.  Still primarily flowers and leather.  Touch of honey and mint.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Washing your stockings by hand.

Pairing Suggestion:  Rum.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


Viaje Private Keep Review



Summary:  Smoking this cigar was like smoking two different cigars. For a little more than the first half, it gave interesting earthy, peppery, chocolatey notes that had additional flavors of cream, cinnamon, and wood. The retro hale near the beginning was very chocolatey.

Then it moved forward and added more and more coffee-type notes, to the point where it got quite bitter. The burn was wavy near the beginning but went out several times near the halfway point. The whole cigar experience dropped off significantly just past halfway through. I'd happily smoke the first half again.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Chocolate, followed by coffee, followed by bitter.

Pairing Suggestion:  Bourbon.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


Blind Cigar Reviews by SmallBatchCigar.com



Summary:  Toro?  Gran Toro?  Not sure, but this week’s cigar is big and bold in appearance.  Getting nothing from the wrapper or the cold draw so... blind indeed.  The draw is a shade on the tight side, but it does have a partially closed foot.  
With the draw opening up immediately, charred cedar, dried plum and caramelized sugar start things rolling.  This cigar feels dense so the solid looking ash is no surprise.  
The halfway mark finds the flavors of this stick starting to become muted.  Wood notes, tobacco, dark fruit and mild pepper are all still distinguishable.  The flavors don’t seem to mesh well for some reason though.  Too bad because the construction of this cigar is top shelf. 
Through the final section of this cigar the flavors harmonize much better.  Charred wood, strong black tea, dark fruits and molasses make a very enjoyable, and redeeming profile mix.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Cigars with dark nuances.

Pairing Suggestion:  Bourbon stout.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  5-pack.


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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