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.

  • Robusto - Disinformation: 4 x 54
  • Toro - Five and a Half Truth: 5 1/2 x 54
  • Gordo - The Big Lie: 6 x 58

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

MSPR: $8.25

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?

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Comment by Mickey irratebass on October 16, 2014 at 10:57am

I'd be down for a box split Rob, but need some time to get the funds up

Comment by The Nothing on October 16, 2014 at 10:58am

The Propaganda is on my list of best cigars of 2014. I've been fortunate to have a few of them now, one from Jason Holly himself. Its a chameleon. It's easy to smoke at any time, but it can also be extremely satisfying at the end of the night with a fire and bourbon.

Comment by 007MI6 on October 16, 2014 at 10:59am

I like your breakup Rob. Been thinking of changing my reviews to a similar style. Thinking about it. We'll see. ;)

Nice review man!

Comment by Docwill on October 16, 2014 at 11:00am

Beautiful looking cigar (excellent photos). Great review, sounds like a flavorful smoke.

Comment by RobbyRas on October 16, 2014 at 11:14am

Thanks Jerad!  I've been trying to come up with a way to tighten them up a bit... Now that I see it in print, I need to add a construction section...

Comment by RobbyRas on October 16, 2014 at 11:14am

Thanks Doc... the good ol' iPhone 5 at work!

Comment by Charlie on October 16, 2014 at 11:15am

I have heard good things about this cigar and how the Penn. tobacco gives it a nice sweetness and a unique profile, with the amount of different types of tobacco Holly puts in his blends they are bound to be very unique...great review.

Comment by 302JH (Jose) on October 16, 2014 at 4:43pm
So is it really Propaganda?
Comment by Charlie on January 8, 2015 at 10:11pm

Let me first off start by saying this was one of the most unique cigars I have ever smoked, hands down. Here are my tasting notes: Strong meat, prune, lots of pepper and spice (retro and palate), strong mineral, leather, chared wood, licorice/anise, tangy, long chewy tangy finish, the anise turns into a syrupy licorice liquor (almost a Jagermister). Very complex but not balanced (imo)....I'd rate it a "unique/must try" for experience purposes.


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