Cigar Review: Viaje Collaboration 2014

Cigar Review: Viaje Collaboration 2014

Viaje Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Corojo 99)
Binder: Nicaragua (Aganorsa)
Filler: Nicaragua (Aganorsa)
Size: 6″ x 52
Strength: full bodied
Price: $11.00

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Overall Rating: 9.1

Viaje is a boutique brand that tends to be less well known well among the average cigar enthusiast, but is passionately followed by cigar geeks and bloggers. The model small batch limited releases that make use of high quality rare tobaccos is one that is especially appealing to the collectors of fine cigars. The brand has slowly grown on me over time and they’ve made some great cigars (see my earlier Viaje Oro review). Now, the idea of collaborating with a different company “every year or so” to produce something special seems like a perfect fit for the Viaje brand. Casa Fernandez has some great tobacco which makes it a wonderful partner for the inaugural release of the series. Full bodied with tons of coffee, cocoa and nut flavors the Viaje Collaboration 2014 is a cigar that is worth stocking up on now.

Pre-Light: The wrapper of the Viaje Collaboration 2014 has a slight oily sheen to the wrapper but feels dry to the touch. The simple green, white and silver band really stands out against the dark color of the cigar’s wrapper.  Several prominent veins are obvious on the wrapper of this impressive triple capped box pressed cigar.

A leather aroma is noticeable from the wrapper of the Viaje Collaboration 2014. Off the partially covered foot of the cigar comes a sweet chocolate scent. The cold draw is extremely easy, and it lets through a mix of sweet tobacco, oak and powdered cocoa flavors.

Burn: The draw on the Viaje Collaboration 2014 is smooth and easy, and what it’s what I’d consider perfect. This cigar produces copious amounts of aromatic smoke. A chocolatey aroma fills the air that makes this a wonderful cigar to smoke at your favorite cigar bar. The burn is some jagged at times, but it always evens itself out in the end.

Flavor: Right of the bat there is a prominent chocolate flavor to the Viaje Collaboration 2014 that continues to develop and change throughout the whole cigar. There is a black pepper on the retrohale that is mellowed somewhat by the powdered cocoa that is also present. In the first third if the 2014 Collaboration there is a pleasing mix of powdered cocoa, mild pepper, oak, hazelnut, almonds and a hint of something floral that all have their chance to shine through. During the second third of the Viaje Collaboration the existing chocolate and hazelnut flavors continue and are joined by a black Cuban coffee flavor and a slight earthiness. Throughout the final third of the cigar the coffee and chocolate dominate while hazelnut, roasted and a mild pepper remain in the background.

Overall: The first of Viaje’s Collaboration cigars is an excellent full bodied cigar. Typically, Viaje’s small batch model has produced many more hits than it has misses. The pairing of Viaje with Casa Fernandez just seems like a great idea, and the finished product was pretty impressive. The use of Casa Fernandez’s Aganorsa leaf tobacco (see my earlier Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro review). Like all Viaje Cigars this a limited release that is bound to be snapped up quickly by collectors once they discover it. Personally, after going through the three sticks for this review I bought ten more to add to my collection. This cigar has all the hallmarks of a cigar that will age extremely well. For those who enjoy Viaje’s cigars or Casa Fernandez’s Aganorsa cigars this is sure to please. The cocoa, coffee, hazelnut and mild pepper give this Nicaraguan Puro the characteristics that full bodied smokers of Nicaraguan cigars should enjoy.

Pairing: This is a cigar that will pair well with your afternoon coffee or espresso. Viaje’s 2014 Collaboration will pair well with a good bourbon such as Bulleit Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon, 1792 Bourbon or Hudson Bourbon. An old fashioned makes a great cocktail selection if you’re out at a cigar bar.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)