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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12th Jan2012

Viaje Exclusivo Atlantic Cigar Co 15th Anniversary Lancero

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Shape: Lancero

Size: 7 1/2 x 40

Country: Honduras

Production: 140 boxes of 25 cigars each (3,500)

Strength: Medium – Full

Price Range: $9.20

In celebration of Atlantic Cigar Company’s 15 years in business Viaje was commissioned and produced an exclusive commemorative cigar; the Viaje Exclusivo Atlantic Cigar Co 15th Anniversary Lancero. This cigar is the first and one of a handful cigars that will be crafted by various cigar companies that will celebrate Atlantic Cigar Co 15th Anniversary. All releases will most likely be extremely limited as the Viaje Exclusivo Atlantic Cigar Co 15th Anniversary Lancero has a production of a mere 3,500 cigars in total. Least to say these will be a target for any collector.

After cutting the Viaje Exclusivo Atlantic Cigar Co 15th Anniversary Lancero; the predraw provided a pleasant lightly spiced tobacco taste.  Then after lighting, the initial draw of the first third consisted of a dominating caramelized sugar flavor and tones of slight spice mixed with the caramelized sugar on the finish. The rest of the first third featured a spiced caramelized sugar flavor and a strong finish of caramelized sugar notes. The draw was decent and the burn was fairly even. As the cigar burned a small dark ash formed which remanded consistent throughout of the cigar.

Transitioning into the second third the flavor profile shifted to feature wood tones and the finish became slightly lighter but still quite strong which composed of strong caramelized sugar, faint citrus, and light wood tones. The draw improved becoming solidly decent.

The Viaje Exclusivo Atlantic Cigar Co 15th Anniversary Lancero’s final third continued on the improvement of the second third. Its draw opened up nicely, making this an enjoyable smoke. The overall taste flavor profile reverted back to the first third again featuring caramelized sugar and spice but the caramelized sugar flavor lessened. The finish contained a caramelized sugar, wood and with slight bitterness. The burn was a little wavy but did not take anything away from the cigar.

Over all the Viaje Exclusivo Atlantic Cigar Co 15th Anniversary Lancero was a good cigar but needed some relights that may have been due to slowly being smoked and had one interesting quirk. The finish was by far by far stronger than the fairly light flavors and tones of the flavor profile. That quirk though a bit surprising only added a unique character to an already very limited cigar. Get your hands on these and hold them for a while you may not come across any more.

19th Apr2011

Viaje Exclusivo Tower Cigars 45th Anniversary

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country: Nicaragua

Tower Cigars is a cigar shop out of Sacremento, CA and this year, along with the help of Viaje, created a special edition exclusivo box press to celebrate their 45th anniversary. While these have become only available in California, I was able to get my hands on one single stick recently. Obviously I was jumping for joy at the sight of another exclusive Viaje, so when I lit up this beautiful box press I was more than pleased.

Right off the bat I noticed a very nice nut on the aromatics along with a slight hint of cedar, on the first draw I noticed a nearly perfect spice as well as a slight bit of creaminess. The spice continued to develop on the long finish, there was also a slight bitterness that i have come to love when i smoke a Viaje. As the cigar developed it continuously became better and better. As i entered the second third i noticed that it became smoother and smoother with a rich tobacco, as well as earthiness flavors.  This smooth, earthy flavor profile continued throughout the finish of the cigar leaving me sad when i had to put it away. The burn on the cigar was absolutely razor sharp with out even a hint that i might need to adjust it.

If you ever have the opportunity to have one, make sure you pick one up. This stick has left me even more anxious for the Viaje event this saturday at Burn Premium Cigars. The release of the “Zombie” as well as another line that Andre is releasing that is being kept secret have caused me to be quite excited. Info about the event and how to get your hands on a new Viaje cigar in the article below:

—> Viaje at Burn Premium Cigar Specialists

14th Mar2011

Viaje Exclusivo Shorts

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Country: Honduras

The Viaje Exclusivo Shorts are a limited production batch that is an excellent everyday short smoke that has a superb build. Right from the appearance you can see that it is pretty much vein free and has a good firm pack. The size of this cigar is about a 4 inch Lancero so it is decently small but, don’t let that turn you off because it has fantastic quality. This cigar is medium to full-bodied that’s initial draw was very easy to pull producing a decent amount of smoke. First initial flavors were rich tobacco, and a caramelized apple tone. The first third of this Viaje had the caramelized flavor drop out with a smoked wood and light pepper that tingled the tongue that came in. While going through the second third the spice became more prominent with the smoked wood still present. Also a mild sweetness of anise was in the background giving the perfect blend of flavors. For the finish it became a lot stronger with a salty spice and a bitter cocoa taste. The ash throughout this cigar was a firm white ash and the burn was basically flawless with maybe one touch up needed. The only downfall of this smoke is the price but, don’t let that deter you from an excellent everyday short smoke.

Do you want the Viaje Exclusivo Shorts? Contact Burn here http://burncigars.com/index.cfm/pageid/20 and mention Good Fellas Cigars. Hurry before these highly sought after cigars are gone forever!

UPDATE: Burn has extinguished its inventory of the Viaje Exlusivo Shorts


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