Size: 5.5″ x 55
Price Range: Approx. $7.40
Flavors/Notes: Rich tobacco overlaid with a tone of sweetness.
Ash: Light gray not too firm
Draw: Easy draw that produces a good amount of smoke
Burn: Varies but fairly even. The burn does corrects itself though.
Appearance: Dark brown and oily
Other Comments: The CAO Brazilia Box-Press is good solid maduro cigar
Wrapper: Nicaragua Sun Grown Criollo
Shape: Short Box Pressed Torpedo
Size: 4 1/2″ x 54
Production: 3,750 cigars (125 boxes of 25)
Strength: Full and beyond
Price Range: around $13.00
The M?stery is an extension of the regular Viaje Skull and Bones line. The concept behind the M?stery is that no one will be given any idea of exactly the cigar size and shape will be before arriving in store. The Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery Box Press is Viaje’s first box-pressed Skull and Bones release.
The prelight aroma was a very pleasant robust wood and spice notes. The initial draw consisted of dry leather and wood. As the first third got on its way wood and light tones of wasabi consisted the flavor profile. The draw was decent but nothing to rave about. The finish was a smooth very light but noticeable red pepper. Going through the first third the firm ash developed a range of gray tones, and patches of light brown spots.
Transitioning into the second third the Skull and Bones M?stery saw a strong leather coming to forefront with light spice. The draw began to open giving more smoke. The finish was surprisingly the most complex part of the second third. It consisted of lingering wood tones, spice and a lot of leather.
The final third proved why this little ass kicker is called the Skull and Bones. The nicotine buzz accumulates to a maximum that may require a slight break and a walk. Fittingly, the cigar turns into a leather bomb! Imagine a slightly spicy fine leather extract and how intense those flavors would be. Simply it was just an incredible amount of leather; it really can’t be understated. The draw also comes out hitting, opening very nicely. The ash was still firm but developed some flakiness.
Overall the Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery stayed true to the Skull and Bones line by being a full bodied little ass kicker. Smoking moderately fast will take down the strongest cigar veteran. The flavors although not extremely complex most likely due to how incredibly strong the cigar is drowning all flavors but the most resilient were great. Leather more leather and spice was surprising very pleasing but again don’t under estimate the M?stery!
Below is a picture of the non-box-pressed Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery that glows in the dark
Wrapper: Havana 2000 from Corojo Seeds
Filler: Blend of 4 Piloto Cubano Ligero and Corona Tobaccos from the Dominican Republic
Binder: Piloto Cubano
Shape: Box Pressed
Size: 5 x 50
Country: Dominican Republic
Average Price: Around $6 Minnesota Price (we have high tax)
The Marco V Havana Box Pressed Robusto by Marc Kiser, owner of Marco V, is an excellent, even smoke if your looking to just kick back and relax with your friends. The one of the reasons we enjoy this cigar, is the man that makes them is from our home state of Minnesota and two, this cigar is an amazing smoke for a nice long walk or relaxing with some of your buds having something sweet or creamy to drink.
The construction is nice and clean with this stick having the Marco V logo really pop on the band. Very minimal veins, nice and light in referring the overall weight of the cigar, and the wrapper is cleanly put together. Decent give when pressing against the cigar but, snaps back immediately after releasing. The foot smells of sweet tobacco and as for the pre-draw it is very smooth and easy with the flavor of sweet tobacco mainly being there.
The initial light has a aroma of a rich oak and the flavors noticed are a pungent pepper, rich oak, and a spicy nut. The first third keeps a consistent profile of a really defined oak flavor along with a nut tone that’s decently spicy. The draw is very lite and smooth with the burn being jagged, the ash a grey/white mix that is loose and semi-flaky. The ash being loose makes sense due to the light nature of the draw.
Going through the second third the spice begins to kick up more then before making the nut flavor nice and warming on the palate. A oak/earth mix is also still present along side too but, it remains in the background noticeable on the end of each draw. At this point or technically in general for this cigar I suggest taking it slow to enjoy the overall flavors, if you go too fast the cigar will heat up and become harsh with this one. Like I said in the beginning this is a stick that’s meant to be enjoyed on a long walk or just chilling with your friends. The burn at this point has evened out and now is going steady. As for the smoke, each draw produces quite a bit and when it is resting not that much is produced. Once again you really notice the nutty, warm spice at this point which is most likely due to the Corojo wrapper.
The last third is the same flavor profile as before with the spice tingling the tongue and the only other thing I picked up at this point was a very lite underlying licorice tone that was quite pleasant after the spice. The finish was a warm woody nut with a pepper spice that followed.
Overall this is a great everyday bargain smoke that I would have if I just needed to sit down and take a load off for a decent amount of time. If your interested and want to know anything more about Marco V cigars check out their site: http://www.marcovcigars.com/Home_Page.html
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Shape: Lionheart (Robusto Grande)
Size: 5.5 x 50
Ave Maria is a fairly new brand that has been getting alot of hype out there so I decided to try myself a box-pressed Lionheart and I wasn’t disappointed with the price and the profile, which was a great mix throughout. To start off I noticed the band on this stick is pretty extensive and large which is a little different from the norm but, I enjoyed it. This is a medium-bodied smoke that is made in Esteli with an Ecuadorian Habano sun-grown wrapper that had a small amount of light veins. The binder is Nicaraguan and the long-fillers are Honduran and Nicaraguan which make an excellent blend of flavors. The wrapper was firm to the touch with the prelight smell of rich tobacco and a sweetness I could not pin point exactly but, my best estimate would be a rich wood. The initial draw was smooth with not much effort needed and the flavors I experienced was a rich tobacco with a smooth creamy pepper that followed it. The smoke produced was alot and the aroma was very pleasant which tingled the nose. The first third remained the same with the flavors from the initial draw with the pepper rising very slightly in strength. Also I noticed a faint musky earth tone in there. The second third threw a little curve ball with the earth coming out more and it wasn’t musky instead a mild sweetness along with the pepper which made a amazing profile. As for the final third and finish the sweetness subsided and the earthy tobacco with spice remained. Overall the profile was amazing on this cigar, it started off steady then went somewhere else and finally came back to where it started. So, in a way the Ave Maria Lionheart was a trip that I really enjoyed. The draw was smooth, the burn was razor sharp, and the light grey ash was very firm and held on strong. I suggest everyone gives this great constructed cigar a try, its something new that I have a feeling most will enjoy.