I figured I would just go ahead and review the Viaje TNT since I just reviewed the C-4.

What little I could find on the TNT was available at Halfwheel:

“Viaje’s TNT release will also be returning for the fourth time. It will once again measure 6 1/4 x 54. Pricing remains the same as last year at $10.40 per cigar or $780.00 per box, however there will be an additional 25 boxes over last year’s release bringing the total shipment to 150 boxes.”

Lets go!


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Viaje TNT 2013

Vitola: Toro

Size: 6 ½ x 54

Wrapper:  Sungrown Corojo

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Beverage: Sweet Tea

Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two

Smoking Time: 95 Minutes

Price Point: $10.4 via Podman Cigars

Cigar Purchased At: Podman Cigars

Setting the Context

I smoked the C-4 last week and I am really hoping that my first experience with the TNT is better out the gate. I smoked the TNT 2012 at my local shop, Hero’s & Legacies, about a year ago and really enjoyed it but before I could buy more, they were sold out.

 

Construction

Much like the C-4, the TNT isn't on point with the construction. As I feel the cigar it’s very noticeable that the roll isn't tight and the cigar has more “squish” than I would normally like. Also, there are several cracks in the shaggy foot.

 

I will say that aesthetically I really like the TNT. I love the shaggy foots on cigars since it allows you to really taste the wrapper initially. Also, I love the super long pig tail cap which is meant to look like the fuse on stick of dynamite. The 601 La Bomba has a similar cap but it much thinner and is typically glued to the side of the cigar. Here, the TNT is allowed to just roam around all free f****** Willy.

 

Cold Draw

The TNT has a good draw but it was difficult to know how well it was going to be since the shaggy foot somewhat impeded the airflow. The cold draw was very sweet with a few notes of cinnamon. Since it uses a lot of Nica tobacco, I figured I would see a ton of pepper or spice, and I didn't at all.

 

First Half

I torched the shaggy foot pretty good so I didn't get to taste the wrapper in isolation.

First few puffs in were rich, with undertones of earth with just a bit of spice. On the first retro hale I got some leather, which I love picking up in a cigar. The more I smoked, the more I wanted to smoke more. I really enjoyed the spice that started to build and the after taste was very clean on my tongue.

 

I really had to ruff and puff on this TNT to keep it going. I did dry box it overnight but it took a lot of hand holding to keep it going. I am really noticing that you have to baby Viaje’s to make sure they provide you a good smoking experience.

 

Second Half

At the mid-point the pepper really kicked up in the TNT. For me it was totally bliss, but for someone like Catfish, it would be a total nightmare. The only way I can describe the TNT is “Pepper Bomb”; I felt like I had black pepper running down the back of my throat.

 

It took a lot of work to keep the TNT going. Several times it would start to burn super wild and I would have to touch it up. It got very frustrating because I would put it down for two minutes to type a thought, return, and it would almost be out then I’d have to go all Big Bad Wolf to keep it going.

 

End

The TNT got VERY hot and burned my finger pretty bad. I started to get a “mouse hole burn” on the TNT which really pissed me off. I did the best I could to keep it going but in the end, I had to put it out early.

 

Conclusion

I really loved the look and flavor of the TNT, but once again, the construction on this Viaje was bad. I would have to say the TNT was way better than the C-4, but the mouse hole burn at the end really ground my gears.

 

I would say based on the flavors, especially if you like pepper bombs, then this is the cigar for you. Although, based on the construction and burn issues, I would say think twice about buying this cigar.

 

Final Remarks

I think it is going to be a while before I smoke another Viaje.

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Comment by Matt Ross on August 14, 2013 at 8:11am

I ALWAYS have burn/construction issues with Viaje.  Not sure why.  I suggest dry-boxing any Viaje for at least a day before smoking.  I still run into issues, but typically less than right out of the humi.


MFCEO
Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on August 14, 2013 at 8:15am

I am finding out the same thing. I feel like both the TNT and C-4 need a lot more rest to become a good cigar. It was wild how bad the burn and construction was in both cigars.


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Comment by Nate Martin on August 14, 2013 at 9:05am

damn. sorry to hear about all the issues. seems to me not worth the 10.00 price point if this occurs again.


MFCEO
Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on August 14, 2013 at 9:11am

Agreed. I got my spelling error fixed.

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