For whatever reason Viaje is not a brand that has been on my review rotation for some time. A good friend of mine from Texas, Derek, hit me up with an epic Viaje sampler pack when he found out.

The Viaje Full Moon 2014 follows their 2013 release with the only change  of adding a closed foot. They are released in a single Robusto Gordo (5”x58) vitola in unique Halloween themed boxes of 24.

 

Vitola: Robusto Gordo

Size: 5” x 58 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One

Price Point: $11.42 MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Cigar Bomb

Quick Note: For this review I used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.

 

 

“The Viaje Full Moon really surprised me with a tasty and enjoyable ride around a flavor map.”

 

Surgeon’s Rating:  88 AKA “A 5-Pack”

The nose on the Viaje Full Moon is rich and sweet and distinctly reminds me of the pungent aroma of piloned tobacco. There is some cedar, berry and hay here as well.

I used a single v-cut and found the draw to be slightly tight.

The first third opens with a slightly peppery wood that gives me a drying mouthfeel. The retrohale is creamy and again a very light pepper. I found that the pepper did not linger after each draw. The smoke is really thick with a nice velvety mouthfeel. There’s some earth tones at a medium strength that comes through at the halfway point, and it lingers post draw. Some sweetness also starts to creep in. Wrapper influence perhaps? By the 25 minute mark the pepper starts to build up to a medium strength, and there’s almost a light citrus coming through. The first third is fantastically complex.

 

 

In the second third there is sort of a peppery and savory bbq combination here. The pepper is medium strength and runs right over the bit of sweetness introduced near the end of the first third. It lingers in the middle of my tongue between draws. Oddly the retrohale is quite smooth with the pepper only at a mild-medium level. At the halfway mark of the second third all the flavors drop down in intensity to below the medium level and don’t change again until the last third.

The last third brings some savory notes coming through with almost a mesquite aftertaste. The sweetness comes back in the retrohale. I end up smoking this right down to the nub.

Total smoking time was 1 hour and 25 minutes.

The Viaje Full Moon really surprised me with a tasty and enjoyable ride around a flavor map. Clearly I need to increase the number of Viaje cigars in my smoking rotation.

 

Pairing Recommendation:

There’s a wide range of flavors here to pair against so you have your choices of a full bodied red wine, sherried whisky, root beer, or even a port.

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Comment by Mickey irratebass on April 14, 2015 at 7:55am

I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed the 2013 version. I haven't had the 2014 yet. 


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Comment by Cigar Surgeon on April 14, 2015 at 8:30am

Agreed Mickey. Very tasty!

Comment by Charlie on April 14, 2015 at 10:30am

I would agree with you about that....the only problem when I increase the # of Viajes I smoke is I find that only half of them are as described...some of them great, some good, and some just suck balls.

Great review Surgeon!


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Comment by Mickey irratebass on April 14, 2015 at 10:53am

Yeah, you are kinda rolling the dice when it comes to Vijae. Last one that really blew me away was the Leaded and the Honey & Hand Grenade. 

Comment by Charlie on April 14, 2015 at 1:03pm

To be honest the Leaded was the ONLY Viaje that "blew me away"...I really do love that cigar. I just ordered a box of the Flor del Valle Sky Flower, knowing that it has similar tobaccos in the blend I'm curious to see how it stands up against the Leaded.

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