Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo 2013 Double Edged Sword II

Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo 2013 Double Edged Sword II

Viaje Cigars
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Fill: Nicaragua
Size: 6 1/2” x 50
Strength: medium-full
Price: $18.70

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Overall Rating: 8.6

The Viaje Exclusivo 2013 Double Edged Sword II is a cigar made for collectors. The cigars are packaged in a beautiful ceramic jar, much like some Cubans or the Byron. With a limited production of 700 jars of 19 cigars, the Double Edged Sword II is a cigar sure to be hard to find. It is a great looking cigar that should please Viaje’s rabid fans. The Double Edged Sword II is a medium-full bodied cigar with a mix cinnamon, coffee and leather flavors. It may not be the greatest cigar that Viaje has ever released, but it is worth trying for those who enjoy Viaje’s cigars.

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Pre-Light: Viaje’s Double Edged Sword II is an impressive looking cigar. The dark chocolate brown wrapper looks great on the large perfecto vitola. The traditional Viaje band really stands out against the dark wrapper, and a black and white foot band stands out at the bulge in the shape.

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The wrapper of the Double Edged Sword II has a noticeable cedar and barnyard hay aroma to it. From the unlit food the is a sweet chocolate and cedar scent. An easy cold draw lets through leather, coffee bean and wood notes.

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Burn: In the early stages of the cigar there is a decent amount of canoeing, but once corrected with a lighter the burn becomes fairly even for the rest of the cigar. The draw on the Double Edged Sword II is extremely easy and allows for a copious amount of smoke production.

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Flavor: The first third of the Viaje Double Edged Sword II starts off with some muddled leather, oak, cedar and nut flavors. None of the flavors really jumps out at first. On the retrohale there is a black pepper that occurs from time to time, but it never lasts very long during the first third of the cigar. As the cigar transitions into the second third of the cigar there a big changes in the flavor profile of the cigar. An herbal spice, cinnamon and floral mix begin to appear at the transition point. Soon coffee bean and leather begin to be the dominant flavor in the second third of the Double Edged Sword II, while sweet cinnamon, spice and cedar remain in the background. By the halfway point the black pepper has begun to really take over the retrohale. Throughout the second third the black pepper note begins to strengthen and mingle with flavors of earth, leather, coffee, cinnamon and cedar.

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Overall: The Double Edged Sword II is a great looking limited edition cigar from Viaje. Once past the first third there is a great mix of flavors to the cigar including coffee bean, cedar, leather, cinnamon, black pepper and earth. In the first third the cigar there is a real lack of depth to the flavor. It’s in the second third where the cigar comes into its own and becomes a pretty good smoke. Does it justify the $18 plus purchase price? Personally, I’m not sure. I’ve slowly found myself jumping on the Viaje bandwagon (see my earlier Viaje Satori or 2014 Collaboration reviews), but this cigar just doesn’t come close to some of the great Viaje releases at lesser prices. For cigar geek who is a fan of Viaje cigars it is worth giving the Double Edged Sword II is definitely worth trying. However, if you’ve never tried a Viaje before this is not the cigar to start with as it’s not their greatest release.

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Pairing: A cup of Cuban coffee or cappuccino are easily the best choices for pairing with the Double Edged Sword II. The best scotch pairings with this cigar are the Dalmore 15, Blavenie 17 DoubleWood or Glenfarclas 12.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)