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.”
Viaje TNT 2013
Size: 6 ½ x 54
Wrapper: Sungrown Corojo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think it is going to be a while before I smoke another Viaje.