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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07th Oct2011

Room101 LTD Namakubi Papi Chulo

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Proprietary “Generoso” Honduras seed

Filler: Dominican and Honduran  “Vuelta Abajo”

Shape: Papi Chulo (Petite Corona)

Size: 4″ x 42

Country: Honduras

Strength: Medium to Full

Production: 400 boxes (50ct cabinetta style)

Price Range: Around $6.00 MSRP

Back here again to bring you, our readers, another one of our Hot Picks. This time we have chosen the Room101 LTD Namakubi Papi Chulo. The Namakubi line is fairly new to Room101 collection and probably won’t be here for long due to them being a limited batch. Total production on this line is 100,000 cigars which consists of; Papi Chulo 42×4 (MSRP: $6.00): 400 boxes (50ct cabinetta style), Roxxo 48×4 (MSRP: $7.00): 1000 boxes, Tiburon 44×6 (MSRP: $8.00): 1000 boxes, Sucio 48×7 ($9.00): 1000 boxes, and Monstro 60×5 ($10.00): 1000 boxes with price growing by the size you get.

Along with the new line comes a story about the name “Namakubi” which goes like this as told by Room101  Cigars:

“Although in many ways long gone, Samurai culture is believed to live on in spirit within certain groups. In ancient times when two Samurai clans would gather for competition there was a great deal at stake. Normally, the losing party would die as a result of wounds sustained in battle or be executed upon defeat. The Namakubi, or freshly severed head of the losing party would be prepared on a wooden tray then tagged in a regimented manner and presented to the leader of the winning clan as a gift.

We, as modern day samurai, present to you our own Namakubi. These twenty limited edition cigars have been tagged (banded), and carefully prepared for your enjoyment. The blend is comprised of a beautiful Habano wrapper, complimented by a proprietary “Generoso” (Honduras) seed binder, Dominican and Honduran “Vuelta Abajo” fillers. The strength of this new limited is Medium to Full in body for a powerful, yet pleasant smoking experience.”

This story pretty much sums up how bad ass and excellent this cigar really is! Starting from the band which has red artistic lettering that has that blood look with black background which in my mind looks powerful hence going with the story. The light, brown wrapper is smooth with minimal veins that contains a oily finish which glistens in the light. The pack on this cigar is pretty firm with a little bit of give that pops back after releasing. The cap also on this stick is just right, with the wrapper smelling like a rich dark wood.

As for the pre-light draw I noticed noticed a woody earth mix that had a mild spice and then a sweetness right after that. The initial flavors off the first light were a floral sweetness followed by a cedar spice. There was a decent amount of smoke which had a warm sweet musk to it that stay pretty constant throughout the session.

The first third kept the initial flavors pretty much still having the great sweetness of floral along with the spice which was from the woody earth mix that was nice a rich. The combination of all of this just made an excellent starting off profile. The ash was a nice white with some grey peppered in it. The burn was doing good almost nice and sharp. Just before going into the second third the floral was the main presence here with the woody, earth spice playing second stage.

The second third I can start to feel it ramp up in strength more. The profile has pretty much the same flavors as before with the earth taking a more leather based tone and a espresso being there that would be considered a little darker, a cocoa type espresso which is going perfectly with the floral and spice mix. The ash is a tad flaky but, nothing to bothersome and the ash still staying pretty good with no touch ups needed.

Last third becomes more full bodied compared to the medium nature of the first two thirds of this stick. The spice of the wood is what really gets you here but, it’s not anything that makes you want to stop because you still have the coffee blend present along with a finish of a tiny bit floral citrus. So the roles kind of flip flop at this point which is great about this cigar takes you on a journey. As for the draw on this whole stick its nice and smooth which compliments it even more. Then the finish is a warm spice with a faint sweetness of floral citrus following.

Overall the Namakubi is a hit in our book! After having the Room101 Connecticut 615c it just made us want to try the Namakubi. Room101 these days is coming out with damn good cigars which I suggest you all give a try but, get these limited sticks before they are gone you won’t regret it! Hopefully they make one of these a standard line one day so everyone can enjoy.

Thanks to MansonPhoto from MansonPhoto.com for pictures!

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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.

03rd May2011

Room101 by Camacho Cigars – 305

by GoodFellasCigars

Wrapper: Semilla 101 (Honduras)

Binder: Hoduras

Filler: Honduras, Dominican Republic

Size: Robusto

Room101 stands for self-expression and individualism in everything they do; from the art work to even the unique wrapper. The Room101 wrapper Semmilla 101 is an exclusive seed to the brand grown only in Honduras by the Eiroa family and has brought remarkable results. This wrapper is the secret to Room101. The look of the 305 had a somewhat dark brown wrapper and was noticeably veins. This cigar had cedar, raisin, and cocoa flavors with leather and earth tones and notes of pepper and finally a great charcoal finish. The construction was wonderful and gave a good draw, a speckled gray ash, and a fairly even burn. The level of body was medium through and through. The first third was consistent with the flavors stated. The second third brought on a strengthening of the leather flavor but still kept its medium body. The final became spicier with the earth and pepper tones becoming more prominent. Over all the Room101 305 was a very pleasant medium bodied smoke.

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