The Propaganda is the latest release from Viva Repulica Cigars. It debuted at IPCPR 2014 in three different sizes. The sizes have some pretty interesting names.
Viva Repulica is an interesting cigar line by Guillermo Leon and Jason Holly and is distributed by Miami Cigar Co. The Propaganda was the first offering form Viva Repulica that I have smoked, but it will not be the last. It featured a Brazilian Magico Cubano wrapper along with tobaccos from Nicaragua, Ecuador, the Dominican and the US. This was all listed on the band, by the way. The band also featured the mask of V from V for Vendetta. For the purposes of this review, I smoked the “Five and a Half Truth” which is 5.5 x 54 with an MSPR of $8.25.
Viva Republica Propaganda
Size: 5 1/2 x 54
Vitola: Toro - Five and a Half Truth
Wrapper: Brazilian Magico Cubano
Binder / Filler: tobaccos from Nicaragua, Ecuador, the Dominican and the US
Samples for review provided by Viva Republica Cigars
Quick Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System
Flavor: The Propaganda featured a rich and smooth flavor profile. It started out with a wide range of flavors including earth, sweet tobacco, mild leather and coffee. A mild sweetness began to build at the one-inch mark along with a mild white pepper spice. The sweetness was present on the tongue and the spice on the retro.
The earth and leather notes disappeared in the second half and were replaced by coffee, nuts and a mild candied sweetness. The spice never progressed beyond a side note, but gave the smoke a nice balance. The aroma was quite pleasing as well. It was a very interesting and satisfying mix of flavors.
Strength: The Propaganda was on the lower end of medium strength. I was expecting a bit more kick given the look and feel of the cigar. But I was pleased to be able to enjoy the complex flavor notes without being blown away.
Recommendation: I can see a lot of cigar smokers enjoying the Propaganda. There is a ton of flavor and complexity to go along with nice balance and a great aroma. There isn’t a ton of strength, so if you’re looking for a power bomb, you mighty be disappointed.
Score: 91 AKA “Box Split”
There is a lot to like about the Viva Repulica Propaganda. The profile is a winner, the construction was solid, the draw was perfect and the aroma smoked like chocolate cake. I simply have no complaints.
I’ve seen a box these online for $140 (free shipping) and I would gladly split that with anyone. Anyone wanna split one with me?