At the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas Rob and I interviewed Andre Farkas of Viaje, and he revealed that the name for the Cache was based on the storage area for the tobacco which looked like a weapons cache. In the bottom of every box they built a hidden cache of 5 box pressed Cache cigars, which you can see in the interview video below.
My good friend Derek from Texas was generous enough to bomb me with a significant number of Viaje cigars I had not tried yet.
The Viaje Cache is available in one vitola, the 5”x52 RG robusto reviewed here.
The nose on the Viaje Cache was a faint black pepper, spices, and a rich smell of tobacco which reminded me of pilones in Nicaragua.
The first third opened with a nice sharp pepper in the retrohale and the draw was sweet and creamy which left a nice residual aftertaste on the tongue. A few minutes in and I’m getting some leather notes after the draw that don’t linger for very long. once the first third has established itself there’s a spicy and sweet combination that is quite enjoyable.
An earthy tone starts to break through in the second third. There’s still sweetness present on a deep draw. The earth starts to die down in intensity at the halfway mark. The leather moves up to a medium-full level of intensity as the cigar moves into the last third.
The Viaje Cache loses some complexity moving into the last third. There are elements of the earthy tone still present, some of the leather with less intensity but none of the sweetness and spice that was present for much of the first half.
I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar. The Aganorsa tobacco used in the Viaje Cache blend fits right into my flavor wheelhouse. I wouldn’t hesitate to grab a 5-pack of these.
The Viaje Cache instantly struck me as a cigar to pair with bourbon. As an alternative I might suggest something contrasting and sweet like a cream soda or a sherried whisky.