Cigar Review: Viaje Farmer Bill Hatchet (2015)

Cigar Review: Viaje Farmer Bill Hatchet (2015)

Viaje Cigars
Country: Unknown
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Criollo)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 7” x 52
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $11.45

Overall Rating: 9.0

Along with the two Stuffed Turkey blends, the Farmer Bill Hatchet joined Viaje Cigar’s annual Thanksgiving releases last year. Medium to medium-full, the Farmer Bill Hatchet is a cigar with a flavor profile that seems to pair perfectly with the season it is meant to celebrate. Like everything from Andre Farkas’ Viaje Cigars, the Farmer Bill Hatchet is an extremely limited release, and is sure to be extremely sought after.

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Pre-Light: The extremely dark Nicaraguan Criollo wrapper of the Farmer Bill Hatchet is very smooth and dry to the touch. Firmly box pressed with no noticeable veins, the cigar itself is very attractive. The cartoonish band is a bit much for me personally, but definitely fits the cigar’s theme, and stands out nicely against the cigar’s dark wrapper.

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Aromas of strong barnyard, earth and potting soil come from the dark Nicaraguan Criollo wrapper. Cocoa, earth, coffee bean and dried fall leaf scents can be detected from the unlit foot of the cigar. An easy cold draw allows through flavors of chocolate and oak.

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Burn: An easy draw allows through plenty of smoke. The burn on the Farmer Bill Hatchet is fairly even throughout. Ash clings firmly to the end of the Bill Hatchet. There is an oaky aroma to the burning cigar that is quite nice.

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Flavor: A bitter dark chocolate flavor, like a real Swiss chocolate bar and not the American version of Swiss chocolate, starts immediately upon lighting up the Farmer Bill Hatchet. This chocolate flavor is met by background notes of dark roast coffee, earth and leather during the first third of the cigar. Pepper is present, but is extremely subtle, and is instead more noticeable on the finish. The retrohale has a cinnamon and mild pepper blend to it. As the Viaje Farmer Bill Hatchet enters the second third a creamy woodsy/nutty character begins to develop, that reminds me of almond milk. The second third has a good deal of oak, almond and hay flavors that intermingle with the existing chocolate and earth. From the halfway point on the pepper on the retrohale begins to increase, and is joined by cinnamon and nut notes. At the transition to the last third of the Bill Hatchet, a slight pepper note begins to develop.The final third of the cigar is a mix of  earth, dark chocolate, oak, grand, dark roast coffee, almond and mild black pepper.

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Overall: Viaje seems to produce cigars that I find to be hit or miss, and the Farmer Bill Hatchet falls into the hit category. Medium to medium full with flavors of earth, dark chocolate, coffee, oak and almonds, the Farmer Bill Hatchet is a cigar that seems the perfect cigar to follow a large Thanksgiving feast. Even more than some Viaje releases, the Farmer Bill Hatchet should be hard to come by, so they’re worth picking up when you see them. Personally, I’ve purchased several of these cigars to smoke of over the Thanksgiving holiday. I definitely recommend the Farmer Bill Hatchet to the medium-full bodied cigar enthusiast.

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Pairing: The Farmer Bill Hatchet will pair nicely with a full bodied red such as a Cabernet or Meritage. Personally, I prefer a glass of Lancaster Cabernet or Fess Parker Meritage with this cigar. A dark amber ale will also pair well with the Bill Hatchet. The scotch drinker with find the Dalmore 15, Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve, Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength or Royal Lochnagar Distiller’s Edition will all compliment the Farmer Bill Hatchet nicely.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210