Review: Viaje WLP Exclusivo Churchill

The Viaje White Label Project is an outlet for Viaje to release one off blends, test blends and factory errors. Not seconds, just things that weren't supposed to be made for retail. They are all limited edition as a result. This WLP Exclusivo Churchill was actually a factory error. A vitola that was not supposed to be made, but 150 boxes were "accidentally" rolled, from what I've read.


Viaje White Label Project Exclusivo Churchill
Size: 7 x 49
Vitola: Churchill
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S. de R.L.
MSRP: $8.88 
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigar for review provided by a fellow BOTL
Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system.

Prelight: The wrapper of this WLP Exclusivo Churchill has a spicy mix of fermented tobacco, leather and earth aromas. The foot has a deep chocolate note with a little bit of cherry mixed in. The cold draw is very smooth with some spicy cedar, chocolate and red pepper flavors.

Beginning: The Viaje White Label Project Exclusivo Churchill starts off with some great flavors. The smoothness from the cold draw comes through, creating a creamy profile. The flavors are great, if not a bit hard to nail down. At first it has a grapefruity/cedar flavor, that transitions into a caramel cedar. There is also a sweet cream note under a light mix of baking spices. The end of this third has a wood and vegetal note, with a creamy finish and a little spice tingle, staying medium in strength & body. The burn has been razor sharp and the ash is ridiculously even and uniform.

Middle: The second third of this WLP Exclusivo continues similarly and is very enjoyable. The flavors, while very tasty, are hard to pin to one particular note for me. There is definitely a semi-sweet caramel note, mixed with a heavy dose of smokey cedar. By the end of this third the profile is a smooth, creamy and somewhat spicy cedar. It is still medium on all fronts and burning with zero issues.

End: The body of this WLP Exclusivo picks up just a tad in the final third. The sweetness, cream and caramel notes that made up the forefront fade away and a dry woodiness takes over. The final minutes of this churchill follow this profile. Woody, dry and slightly vegetal. Perfect burn and clean ash too, it stays in the medium-full profile range.

Final Thoughts: Loved it. Even for churchill, which is a much larger vitola than I generally gravitate towards. The flavors were great, it never got bitter or sour, never went out, burned straight and I actually felt like it was over too soon. Usually, I can't wait to be done with a seven inch cigar, but not this one. This isn't available everywhere, but if I could find some, a box split would be a great deal. And at under $9 for a premium 7x49, with this much quality and flavor. how could you go wrong?

Rating - 91 AKA "Box Split"

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Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on May 20, 2016 at 1:44pm

Great review. I am glad you like it, but IMHO this was one of the worst Viaje's blends other than the Christmas Tree from 2014 or 2015 (can't remember the year).


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Comment by 007MI6 on May 20, 2016 at 1:59pm

Ha! Back-handed compliments, love'em. ;)

WE, have two slightly different palates though. I did really enjoy it though. I have had very few Viaje's honestly and I know I haven't had the Christmas tree yet.

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on May 20, 2016 at 2:06pm

You know how I roll. Velvet glove back hands all around :)

Comment by Charlie on May 20, 2016 at 4:34pm

98.9% of Viajes suck balls. The Leaded and Fed Head were the only two I can get behind but those were a rare breed...Andre must have had someone else blend them? Haven't smoked the churchill but the petit lancero was decent.

Great review as always bro.


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Comment by 007MI6 on May 23, 2016 at 8:20am

Then, I guess I either got lucky, with a good one, or it might turn out I just like Viaje. I suppose time and more Viaje's will tell. ;)


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Comment by Jason Meyers on May 24, 2016 at 10:26am

Great review on this stick. If I see one I'll give it a try sometime. It's interesting because this blend is something I would not think of to smoke in a Churchill. Usually Viaje cigars offer low lever of complexity for me, and I would get board after two hours.

At the price I think this could be a great golfing cigar

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