Review: Viva Republica Jailbreak

The Viva Republica Jailbreak is a very unique cigar indeed. It is comprised of a lancero, which is aged and then wrapped inside of a 6x58 vitola that is then aged again. Thus, giving way to the name Jailbreak, as the lancero is trying to break out of the larger cigar it is wrapped in. Details below, but I am very interested to see where this goes.

Jailbreak by Viva Republica

Size: 6 x 58

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Dominican Corojo / Ecuadorian Habano

 Binder: Undisclosed Double Binder

FillerUndisclosed Ten Tobaccos

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One

Price Point: $12.50

Cigar Purchased: Samples

Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.

The pre-light is a nice, relatively strong aroma of cedar and chocolate. But it’s the cold draw that is awesome! There is a very prominent dark cherry flavor, which tastes just like the dark cherry soda that comes in the glass bottle. I am now very excited to light the Jailbreak up and see where these pre-light flavors lead.

Wow. The Jailbreak starts out with an absolutely delicious caramel flavor, and it’s not a subtle, background note. It is very prominent caramel note, just like I am chewing on a piece of caramel candy. It is also sometime very reminiscent of dulce de leche, which is a Mexican milk candy very similar to caramel. Clouds of white smoke pour off the foot too, leaving behind a mostly solid, light grey ash. The burn gets a little wavy, needing some touchups but it has not deterred me at all.

In the second third, the Jailbreak continues with the strong caramel flavors for the beginning. But it has pulled back enough to allow some coffee and deep honey notes to come out. All of this combines to make a very tasty, deep sweetness that I just can’t get enough of. The burn also corrects itself and now burns mostly straight and needs no corrections.

The final third of the Jailbreak saw the caramel and honey notes take a seat in the background. Still present, but definitely not in the forefront like they have been. The coffee notes moved up in the profile, moving between plain coffee and a bitter coffee note. There are also notes of earth and a muted spice staying up front. The burn and ash are great now, with an even burn and a solid ash.

I am definitely, very pleasantly surprised with this Viva Republica Jailbreak, which stayed medium until the end, when it started to verge on medium-full. A lot of times these type of unique cigar styles don’t work out, but this cigar broke BOTH molds. Not only is the construction unique, but the flavors were simply great. I will definitely be trying to get more of these. At $12.50, they are definitely on the higher price scale, at least for me, but I want more. And with only 300 boxes currently scheduled for production, I would suggest a box.

Rating: 94 AKA “Box"

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Comment by Docwill on May 8, 2015 at 9:54am

The first two thirds sound absolutely amazing!

Comment by 007MI6 on May 8, 2015 at 10:08am

That they were! I was so into the cigar I forgot to mention the finish. It was long and somewhat creamy. Hell, I can still taste the caramel notes, just thinking about it! lol

Comment by Trippopolis on May 8, 2015 at 10:14am

I had one of these a couple weeks ago, and it just didn't hit my palate at all.  There was a lot of bitterness, but not much flavor.  I ended up putting it down just before the halfway point, and cut it open to check out the lancero an hour or two later.  I can confirm that there is a smashed up looking lancero inside though.

Comment by 007MI6 on May 8, 2015 at 10:19am

Wow, really?! Mine was packed with flavor, from start to finish and never had any bitterness. Other than the slight bitter coffee notes, but that's different. Crazy how different your experience was. I'm sad your smoke wasn't as good, I feel you missed out. :(

Comment by Generally Useful Jared on May 8, 2015 at 3:39pm

Well then, I will have to fire this up and chime in. Based on this, I'm glad I have one! Sounds delicious!

Comment by Jason Meyers on May 8, 2015 at 3:48pm

I've been sitting on one of these since they came out and giving it some time because I have heard mixed reviews. Sounds like I'm going to have to give in and light it up pretty soon.

Comment by 007MI6 on May 8, 2015 at 4:25pm

I would definitely suggest lighting one up! It was just delicious. From my experience, I would say that you will be glad to have one to try out. :)


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