29th Jan2012

Pre-Production Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Criollo

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler:  Nicaraguan

Shape:  Rounded cap with torpedo foot

Size: 5 1/3 x 44

Country: Honduras

Strength: Full

Production: Pre-Production

Release Date: IPCPR 2012

Today we bring you a review of the Pre-Production Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades. This was given to us by Andre Farkas last spring, 2011. Only ten were handed out by him. This cigar is scheduled to be released this year and to be based off the Exclusivo blend. Will this be the next cigar from Viaje to rule them all? Will it be the next Viaje Oro Reserva VOR No. 5? Or just another excellent stick from Viaje? The name itself sounds pretty bad ass and unique, Honey and Hand Grenades. We won’t really know till it’s out on the market. Anyways enough of the talk lets dive into this review!

The Look: The shape of the Honey and Hand Grenades is very unique. If I’m correct this shape is going to be the first of it’s kind in the cigar industry. It consists of a rounded cap and a torpedo like foot. The size is similar to a Corona. The cap by the looks of it is triple capped and the wrapper is put on very smooth from head to foot. The wrapper has a light amount of veins and the pack is very firm with virtually no give. Lastly, the band has a glued on H & HG standing for Honey and Hand Grenades and has brass knuckles underneath it.

The Start: After inspecting the cigar I move to the pre-light aromas. The wrapper had light scents of manure and cedar, nothing too strong. As for the foot it also had a light smell of manure nothing too strong or anything, just average. Moving on to the pre-light draw it took some effort to draw and only had a small amount of sweetness. I couldn’t really pin point it to anything though. Now to begin the light up. Immediately received a strong red pepper spice that gave the tongue a good tickle and made the palate moist. It also had a dark, rich earth flavor.

The Beginning: The first third starts with the red pepper again which you can really feel on the tongue giving it a prickly feeling. As for the draw it becomes easier the farther you move into the torpedo foot. Sounds kind of weird saying torpedo foot. Making my way through the foot I picked up notes of a really dark flavor like a dark roast coffee. When letting the cigar sit it produces little wisps of smoke continuously and as for each draw they produce a great amount of voluminous white smoke that warms the mouth. Now once I get passed the torpedo foot the spice begins to smooth out and the dark flavors begin to come on more than before. The burn here is a little wavy but nothing too concerning. Pretty confident it should smooth out later because it probably waved out due to the torpedo foot light. I’m also really enjoying how it feels in the hand and mouth, good natural feel with the right amount of weight to it. Getting closer to the second third the flavor profile begins to change starting with a bitterness rising up and a tiny amount of burnt caramelized maple wood. With the aroma being of a sweet wood. Also by the start of the second third the burn evens out and the ash that is a mix of white, grey, and black stays firm up til this point.

The Middle: Now making my way into the second third the smoke begins to become more creamy adding more of that sweetness of a semi burnt maple wood. The spice isn’t completely gone thought it’s now more on the back burner to say the least. The profile transition so far has just been great; starting with the dark beginning and now entering the sweet middle. The draw at this point has become very smooth and producing more voluminous amounts of smoke. The burn also has improved just like the draw becoming almost razor sharp. Another plus with this cigar too is that you can let it rest for quite some time without it going out which is due to the smaller ring gauge. Now just before going into the last third I noticed a hint of manure which I’m saying I could have been picking up from the aroma itself.

The End: Lastly, I begin the final third of the Honey and Hand Grenades. The peak of the sweet and creaminess is right here and then it slowly begins to retract. The spice begins it’s ascend back up with it starting to tickle the tongue again. Along with the spice comes the bitterness again. It transforms into more of a barnyard type musk. For example when you go into an old barn and it gives off an old wet smell. The burn is still going steady and same with the ash. Getting farther into the last third the smoke begins to dry out more and inducing a very small amount of almond flavor and a bitter anise flavor on the finish but, still overall keeping that pleasant musky spice. I gave it a retro haul here and experienced a heavy amount of spice that made me tear up a bit. Then as for the finish it consisted of red pepper with an after taste of the musky barnyard wood.

Final Thoughts: Once all is said and done this smoke took me about 1 hour and 10 minutes. The Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades was superb! I was able to smoke it down to the nub without any complaints. I’m very excited for when this hits the market. It has a bad ass name and I especially love the new shape that Viaje tried to do here with a mix between your standard Parejo and Figurado. Hopefully this won’t be the last of this kind of shape because others in the industry could benefit from this idea and maybe even take it further. The Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades provides an excellent journey that any aficionado or beginner would be happy with. I look forward to when this is out and others can enjoy it just as much as I did. Lastly remember folks to check back when this cigar hits the market for our post production review comparison!

CLICK HERE for more information leaked about the Honey and Hand Grenades

Once again a special thanks to MansonPhoto from MansonPhoto.com for taking the pictures. Please rate and comment on the photos because he would love your feedback!

 

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23rd Jan2012

Viaje Plantino Samurai 2012

by GoodFellasCigars


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Shape: Corona Gorda
Size: 6 x 48
Country: Honduras
Strength: Medium
Price Range:  $12.25
Production: 99 Boxes of 25 Cigars; 2,475 cigars

This review is on the re-release of the Viaje Plantino Samurai no changes were made from the previous release of this cigar from 2010. Two cigars were smoked for this review. The 1st cigar was least to say, lacking. That 1st cigar had soft spots and had predominant flavors of definite red pepper that was smooth and not over powering and barnyard. This flavor profile was not bad but the soft spots and terrible burn led me to believe that the 1st cigar must not have all the filler that was meant to there. Accounting for this and not at all expecting that fromm Viaje, I decided to smoke another hoping that was a fluke. Glad to say it was a fluke as the 2nd cigar was much better than the 1st and talking to others who have smoked this cigar they reported no construction or other issues with this cigar. So this review will be on the 2nd cigar. Lesson to be learned here though is that there are bad eggs that sometimes get passed quality inspection. This is not something unique to Viaje other companies have produced cigars that I like then after expecting that same cigar to be just as good as before and find it is plugged. So fear not this cigar when made right was very right. Read on for our review of the Viaje Plantino Samurai.

The 1st third of the Viaje Plantino Samurai had light red pepper, very light barnyard and a flavor of rye bread consisting the flavor profile. The finish featured light red pepper and rye bread. The draw was good and the burn was even. The ash was very light gray to dark gray. The 1st third had interesting flavors that composed a great flavor profile.

Following into the 2nd third of the Viaje Plantino Samurai the fresh baked rye bread flavor came through very prominently subduing the other flavors. The finish brought red pepper that was smoothed by rye bread flavor. The draw was good and the burn was even. The 2nd third improved over the 1st third in terms of burn but stayed on par with the 1st third in terms of the flavor profile and finish.

The final third saw the rye bread flavor coming out strong with a finish of light spice and very prominent rye bread. The draw opened making it a great draw. The burn turned slightly wavy but was still on the even side. This final third was very bready and quite simply a pleasure to smoke.

Over all the Viaje  Plantino Samurai was an excellent cigar that was not extremely complex but capitalized simplicity. The two flavors of a red pepper spice and fresh baked rye bread that really made this cigar combined and complimented each other nicely. Fresh baked rye bread is flavorful and cooling taking the edge off the red pepper making a slightly spiced rye bread tasting cigar. This combination of flavors should be baked into rye bread and sold every bakery.

Want to get this cigar? Call BURN Premium Cigars at (952) 808-9259 and mention Good Fellas Cigars.

 

19th Oct2011

New Viaje Samurai Rumors are True

by GoodFellasCigars

I was in Burn Premium Cigar Specialists in Burnsville MN and happened to over hear some very exciting news about Viaje. A new batch of Viaje Samurais are in the making and will be coming to BURN!

The first time the Viaje Samurai was released was in 2010 specially made for BURN. In 2010 Viaje let two cigar retailers design their own cigar, BURN being one of them and the other being New Havana Cigars. Both were able to choose one of two of the main stays of Viaje, the Oro or Plantino, and were able to choose their own size among other factors that made those cigars unique.

READ our review of the  Viaje Plantino Samurai 2012

READ our review of the NEW Viaje Plantino Samurai Maduro

10th Jun2011

Viaje White Label Fifty Fifty Red

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country: Honduras

Shape: Criollo

Size: 6 x 48

Production: 200 cigars

Andre Farkas (owner of Viaje) says, “WLP is the vehicle by which we will release experimental blends, shapes, mash ups, factory errors, etc. It’s a peek behind the factory curtain.” This White Label Project release is based on the 50/50 blend.

Viaje has a habit of releasing test batches called White Labels. They are a glimpse of what could be coming down the pipeline; the pipeline is looking phenomenal. Rumor has it that the is the last white Label of 2011. It is a shame that it is because all the white labels are treats and waiting till 2012 to smoke another unique test batch is just too long. That is why we just had to review the Viaje White Label Fifty Fifty Red for you.

From the initial draw the cigar gives a great amount of spice and peanut flavors that last only through the first few puffs. This is probably due to the wrapper extending around the foot of the cigar.  On the finish there are smooth wood flavors and very slight nutty notes that are a preview to what is to come. The draw is quite effortless which is no surprise being that it is a Viaje.  The first third was medium bodied had flavors light nuts, light cedar, and very slight pick pepper. The second third transitioned smoothly not much difference was noticed in the flavor profile. The burn was very even through the entire cigar and not even the thought of a touch up light crossed the mind. The final third becomes stronger, oak comes into play and the spice subsides considerably. Overall the nut and wood flavors were most prominent though out. The Viaje White Label Fifty Fifty Red was just what one would expect form Viaje; it was truly a treat. Get your hands on these incredibly small batch before they are gone you won’t get a chance to enjoy another White Label until 2012.