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.
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.
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.