Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Antidote (2017) Collector’s Edition

Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Antidote (2017) Collector’s Edition

Viaje Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Undisclosed
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed
Size: 6 1/4” x 50
Strength: medium-full
Price: $9.98

Overall Rating: 8.9

For years, Viaje has laid claim to Zombie themed cigars, with cigars like the Zombie Supershot, the Zombie Antidote and the recent Zombie Farmer Bill Hatchet. This year, there is a new Collector’s Edition of the Zombie Antidote. Unlike previous versions of the Viaje Zombie Antidote which measured 6 1/4” x 44, the latest version has earned the moniker “Double Dose” because it is 6 1/4” x 50. Like most limited edition Zombie themed cigars from Viaje, the 2017 Antidote is likely to be snapped up by collectors in no time.

Pre-Light: The Viaje Zombie Antidote 2017 is one of those themed cigars whose look definitely enforces the theme. A large band covers the majority of the cigar, that is made to look like the cover and dosing information of a syringe. The detail on the band is pretty impressive, and includes a bloodspot over the barcode. Though I’m not a fan of zombies and think the themed cigar thing can sometimes go too far, I kind of find myself liking how well this cigar proudly pulls of the Zombie Antidote theme. There is a secondary band just above the foot which is familiar to those who’ve tried other Viaje Collector’s Edition cigars. Beneath the band is a cigars band is a dark oily wrapper. The cigar’s foot comes to a completed point, while the cap of the cigar features a very small pin prick like hole in it.

There is a mix of earthiness and woodsy characteristics to the cigar’s dark wrapper. As the foot of the Viaje Zombie Antidote is completely sealed there is no unique aromas for the foot of the cigar. Also, because the pointed foot is sealed, there is practically no air or distinct flavors coming through on the cold draw.

Burn: Once the pointed tip is lit (yes, that is the side of the cigar to light) the draw is obviously very firm for the first several puffs, but as the tip begins to burn the draw eases considerably. After the Zombie Antidote is ashed the first time the draw becomes pleasantly easy for the rest of the cigar. Early on, the cigar does burn a tad uneven, and needs a tiny bit of correcting for a lighter after the cigar is washed for the first time. Once the cigar gets going it burns fairly even.

Flavor: The 2017 Viaje Zombie Antidote start of with a good bit of cocoa and earthiness to it. Throughout the pointed foot of the cigar, the cocoa and earth seem to dominate. Once the burn line passes the Antidote’s tip, and the draw opens up, there is a bit of spice and mild pepper that join the existing cocoa and earth flavors on the profile. There’s a mix of spice, black pepper and charred wood to the retrohale. During the transition to the second third of the cigar there is a lingering saltiness on the palate, but it never distracts from the other flavors that are present. Black pepper and spice become for prevalent in the second third of the cigar. Earth, coffee and cocoa flavors blend nicely with black pepper and spice. By the halfway point, there is a good deal of black pepper on the palate. There’s a certain meatiness that seems to occur along with the earth, cocoa and coffee as the cigar burns into the final third. Very little changes in the flavor profile during the last third of the Zombie Antidote. Earth, coffee, cocoa, black pepper and some spice all continue through until the end of the cigar.

Overall: The latest version of the Viaje Zombie Antidote is complex shaped cigar with a fairly basic flavor profile, but it all seems to work out nicely. While the cigar’s flavor profile is not overly complex, the existing flavors in the Zombie Antidote do work quite well. The Zombie Antidote stays right on the medium side or medium-full bodied, and the strength never becomes too much to handle. Fans of previous Viaje cigars, as well as those medium and full bodied cigar enthusiasts looking for an earthy cigar, will likely find the 2017 Zombie Antidote to their liking. On the whole, I enjoyed the Viaje Zombie Antidote, and have smoked it several times other than for this review. I’d like to try tis cigar again with a bit of age on it. Since it’s a limited edition Viaje, the 2017 Zombie Antidote won’t be on store shelves for too long, so I’d suggest picking up a few while they’re still available.

Pairing: The 2017 Viaje Zombie Antidote pairs well with a glass of red wine. It’s also a cigar that pairs nice with a good ale. Personally, I enjoy pairing the Zombie Antidote with a Newcastle Brown Ale.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)