Cigar Review: Viaje Oro Delicado

Cigar Review: Viaje Oro Delicado

Viaje Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Criollo)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6 x 50
Strength: medium bodied
Price: $8.50

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Overall Rating: 9.1

The Viaje Oro Delicado is an impressive cigar from one of the great boutique cigar companies. Viaje is an interesting boutique cigar company because of their vision of a “small batch approach to cigar making”. According to their website, “Viaje represents the idea that quality is better than quantity. That small is better than big. That few are better than many.” What makes Viaje different than a lot of other boutique cigar makers is that there is not a big proliferation of sizes or the seeming need to constantly introduce a ton of new lines, instead the focus has been on producing quality cigars that Viaje Cigars President Andre Farkas considers part of a “revolution against mediocrity”.

The Viaje Oro is a cigar that lives up to its company’s goal of creating high quality small batch cigars. There is a pleasing complexity of flavors ranging from coffee and cocoa to nuts and mild spice. Everything about the Viaje Oro screams quality. It’s a medium bodied full flavored cigar that is sure to please both the seasoned aficionado and novice cigar enthusiast.

Pre-Light: The green Viaje band looks great against the veiny tan colored wrapper. Slightly oily and firm to the touch, the Viaje Oro is a beautifully constructed cigar.

The wrapper gives off a slight hay aroma. Off the unlit foot a coffee and natural tobacco aroma is easily detectable. The pre-light draw is smooth and easy, and flavors of grass and natural tobacco come through on the cold draw.

Burn: The Viaje Oro is an even burning cigar from start to finish and requires no touch ups. It is a cigar that burns surprisingly slow for its size. The really impressive thing is how the ash clings to the Oro Delicado. This is definitely the cigar to use when having an long ash contest with friends.

Flavor: The Viaje Oro starts off with noticeable dark roast coffee with a slight hazelnut and almond background flavor. A slight cinnamon joins mild spice about an inch into the cigar. During the second third of the Oro Delicado the flavors remain much the same as it did in the first; dark roast coffee, hazelnut, cocoa, almond and cinnamon dominate this cigar. Just a small amount of cedar and spice occur at the transition between the second and final third. In the final third the coffee flavor gained a slightly bitter note, like decaffeinated instant coffee. However, the bitterness does not last long. The last inch or so of the Oro sees the cocoa emerges as the main flavor with coffee, roasted nuts and cinnamon in the background.

Overall: The Viaje Oro is a pleasure to smoke. It’s quality of construction is apparent in both it’s draw and burn. With core flavors of coffee, cocoa, nuts and cinnamon that mingle well together, the Oro is a great cigar to have with a weekend afternoon coffee. Generally, when not I’m having a cigar in my own time I enjoy a larger size such as a Churchill or 6 x 60, because as a large guy (at 6’6″ and 260 lbs) those cigars feel more comfortable for me. That said, the Viaje Oro is a cigar I plan on returning to again and again.

Pairing: A cappuccino or espresso are definitely the best pairing choice with the Viaje Oro. If your determined to drink with this cigar I suggest a sipping rum like the Kirk and Sweeney 12 or Ron Zacapa.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)