07th Mar2011

Viaje White Label Project

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country: Honduras

The Viaje White Label is a test line that will change with every new batch released. In a sense these cigars and future ones will give us a sneak peek for what is in store for future main blends. This is the first White Label Viaje has released and right off the bat has done something new or should we say old? This cigar features a candela wrapper also known as double claro, jade, or second most commonly American market selection. This kind of cigar was once the best selling cigar in America hence, American market selection. These cigars sport a light green wrapper unlike other cigars that have light brown to black wrappers. The difference is that candela wrappers are picked before maturity and supper heated very quickly to dry and so stops any fermenting. This process traps the chlorophyll in the leaf giving it its distinctive green color and  flavor.

The Viaje White Label departs from other candelas in that it does not have a dominate grassy flavor instead it features floral, and plant stem flavors, with hints of earthiness, pepper, and light citrus. The draw is virtually effortless and produces a ton of smoke. The level of body is medium. The construction is flawless and feels a little coarser than paper. While smoking the cigar one notices a pleasant kind of dryness that coats the mouth; similar to the Brick House but not as filling. Three fourths of the way through the floral flavor with hints of grass becomes stronger that creeps up gradually. Stop smoking at the band to avoid more intense plant flavors and a higher level of body or, keep going if you are the more adventurous type. Overall this cigar was a joy to smoke and we hope it is incorporated into Viaje’s main product line. Viaje has produced yet another winner.

07th Mar2011

Andre to release the Viaje Skull and Bones

by GoodFellasCigars

 

Andre Farkas will debut the new Viaje Skull and Bones April 23rd at Burn Premium Cigar Specialists. The Skull and Bones will be a MWD and a MAB. If you had the pleasure of smoking the previous Skull and Bones you know it is an ass kicker and the new cigar is reported to quite a bit stronger. It will be a monster. For all of you who want to challenge yourselves just to be able to sit up straight, definitely get your hands on this one. And here is how to get your hands on one, come to Burn Premium Cigar Specialists April 23rd and meet the man behind Viaje cigars.

Update: Reviews of the Skull and Bones WMD and MOB

10th Jan2011

Viaje Oro Reserva VOR No. 5

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo 99

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Country: Honduras

Shape: Box-press

Size: 5.5 x 52

Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L.

Production: Boxes of 25 and 5

Viaje, which means “journey” in spanish, is a small batch cigar company that uses Nicaraguan tobaccos from a farm in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Oro Reserva VOR No. 5 was ranked as Cigar Afficianado’s #2 cigar of 2010. This cigar by Andre Farkas helped Viaje launch into what they now consist of today. It took me on a journey that I thoroughly enjoyed but, will probably never take again. The construction on this cigar was flawless from its oily wrapper to the minimal amount of veins to the triple cap and lastly to the overall box-press shape. The cigar was firm to the touch and it was medium to full-bodied overall. The pre-light draw was a light spice with a sweet aroma. The initial flavor was a slight salt with mainly a kick of spice like a black pepper and the draw was smooth with a voluminous amount of smoke. The first third remained with the spice followed along with a leather flavor that was great with the suburb draw. The second third remained with the black pepper slightly but, then the sweetness of cocoa and warm coffee notes took center stage and were astounding! The combo of the flavors made the best profile for a cigar I have ever had to this point and I really wish others could have tried this stick. The final third and the finish were pretty much the same as the second but, the flavors warmed up a bit and slightly subdued. Usually a cigar near the end gets pretty harsh but, this stick softened out. The burn was flawless not once did I think about touching it up at all. The draw was excellent and the ash was firm but, flaked a little and was a darker gray. Overall this stick was just outstanding from the start to the finish and if anything comes out from Viaje that’s close I say snatch them up before they are gone.

 

 

 

02nd Jan2011

789 Rocky Patel Strike

by GoodFellasCigars

789 Rocky Patel Strike, cigars best,  low priced cigars

Wrapper:  Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country: Nicaragua

The Rocky Patel Strike is a part of the 789 series available at Burn Premium Cigars and Tobacco Grove. The Strike is the Medium Bodied cigar of the series. It has a sweet aroma to it and a creamy taste right off the bat. Once you get into the first third it develops into the spicy, medium bodied cigar it truly is. With a long, peppery finish this cigar is very appealing to the fans of the very spicy cigars. As i got into the halfway point, I began to notice some woody flavor notes such as oak and cedar. There was a slightly rough burn developing, but the cigar corrected itself after just a short few draws. Throughout the entire cigar the draw remained almost perfect. The Strike became even spicier as it hit the final third to the nub.  I was very impressed by this stick and with how reasonably priced these are, you really get the ultimate bang for your buck.

HOW to buy: the Rocky Patel Serie .789 STRIKE is sold only at BURN in Burnsville, MN < (952) 808-9259 > and Tobacco Grove in Maple Grove, MN   < (763) 494-6688 > . Make sure to mention goodfellascigars.com when ordering.

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