Viaje

Viaje Zombie Antidote

Well, halloween is behind us, we need an antidote against the zombies that have been plaguing us for the last week and Dr. Andre Farkas came up with a vaccin, the Viaje Zombie Antidote. I just love this cigar, a syringe shaped cigar that comes in a plastic medicine bottle with a funny label mimicking a real prescription bottle with all warnings and all, rewritten of course for the cigars and zombies. Unique packaging with a lot of humor and I like that. The cigar that I’m smoking comes from the original 2014 release.


The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro yet it classifies as a Honduran cigar since it’s made at Raices Cubanas in Danli. It’s the first skinny Zombie cigar from Viaje with a 44 ring and a 6 1/2 inch length and as a lover of skinny cigars I dig that vitola. Because of the tempered foot it’s not a lonsdale but a figurado, yet it has lonsdale length and ring. My previous employer carried Viaje for a short time and I met Andre Farkas because of that, we hung out in The Netherlands for a few days with Abe Flores from PDR and we met at Intertabac a few times. Once we got these Zombie Antidotes in I bought a jar just because of the way it looks, it’s a nice showpiece


Once I release the cigar from its cellophane I smell a feces smell, not a barnyard aroma but human feces and its medium strong. The cigar has a few soft spots and it looks like the cigar is a little under filled. The wrapper is beautiful though, quite dark, mild oily, smooth with a thin long vein running over half the cigar. The ring is simple, its about an inch high, white with a red cross, blood spatter and blue letters “Zombie Antidote” on one side and the words “single dose” and Viaje Pharmaceuticals on the backside. The cigar has a triple cap that is placed neatly.


Since the tapered end is at the foot I could use my punch to prepare the cigar for smoking. The predate is great, more resistance than I expected with the soft spots in the construction. I taste hazelnut with some pepper in the cold draw. After lighting the cigar with a soft flame I taste a nutty espresso with some nutmeg. The flavor changes to wood with some cinnamon and a chili pepper aftertaste. After a third I also taste a faint sweet chocolate on the background, far on the background. Halfway I taste more spices like nutmeg, cumin, cinnamon with some oak and citrus. The cigar gets darker in flavor with a nice mix of spices and pepper. Near the end I taste some nuts, lemon and pepper, quite strong.


The smoke is white, thick and full. The ash is coarse, frayed and covered with black smears but firm. The draw is close to perfect, just like the burn. The cigar is medium bodied yet full flavored. With a better construction the cigar would have scored a point higher. The smoke time is an hour and twenty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I still have three quarters of a jar.

Score: 90
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Viaje Zombie Super Shot

Its almost halloween, the time for monsters and zombies. Now zombies are a very American thing I think, nowhere in the world are so many people believing that a zombie outbreak could really occur, nowhere in the world are people preparing so much against a zombie outbreak and even the American government has zombie battle plans. As a rational European being that is hilarious. I remember I was in Orlando a few years ago, at Corona Cigar Downtown location and a group of people, dressed as zombies walked by. It was right at the time that the Russians were about to invade Ukraine for the Krim area and when another cigar aficionado, that those zombies tried to scare, laughed them off, the zombie seriously said “but when the Russians drop the bomb on the Ukraine we will all turn into zombies”. I was shocked for two reasons, the first that someone could actually believe that and the second that an American citizen had a clue what was going on in the world. And it made me realize that if I am wrong and a zombie apocalypse will happen a lot of people will get killed just because they will sit and laugh when the zombies appear thinking it are actors, just like what happened in Orlando.


I must admit, I never had much for zombie movies or tv shows but that changed after the arrival of The Walking Dead, I am hooked on that show and on the spin off Fear the Walking Dead, although the first season of the Fear the Walking Dead was difficult to get through, but it got much better. And I’m not the only one, it has been a hit from day one and zombies are more popular then ever. We even saw some cigars smoked in the show and the Abraham character is a known cigar smoker in real life. As zombies are popular, so is the merchandise and everything zombie related. Now I don’t know if Andre Farkas from Viaje got his inspiration there but he has had a zombie line since 2011, a year after The Walking Dead appeared. And he also had a line called Super Shot, a shotgun shell sized cigar in a cardboard old style shotgun shell box.


In 2013 he combined the two with the Zombie Super Shot, the Zombie blend in the Super Shot size. He kept the box style packaging but now with a Zombie on the outside and a bullet hole in the head of the zombie when you open the box. Even though this cigar is made at Raices Cubanas in Honduras it is a Nicaraguan puro with a Nicaraguan Criollo 98 wrapper. The size is exactly like the smallest of the Nubs, the original ‘short and fat’ cigar, 3 1/2×54 and thats about as thick as it should get in my humble opinion, I’m not a fan of thick cigars. Once I open the box I see short dark cigars, darker than I expected, a little smudged dark wrapper with a few thin veins and a closed foot, I checked a few but on none of them the triple cap was applied nicely. The construction feels good though. As the cigars have no ring I will score the colorful box with the zombie and the combined Zombie and Super Shot logos and I like it, its something else than a wooden box or a cellophane or paper bundle, I like the detail that the box opening is a bullethole in the zombie’s head. Very creative work. The aroma is quite strange but not too strong, it smells a bit like mild peppery licorice.


I punched the cigar to find a surprisingly good cold draw, I expected it to be tight due to the closed foot. I taste some raisin with a mild spices aftertaste. I lit the cigar with a soft flame. I taste coffee with earthy notes and after a few puffs some pepper too. After that I also taste spices, a bit vanilla and nutmeg. Halfway I taste earthy smoked flavors with some pepper and a little bit of citrus twang. The pepper is getting stronger, much stronger. The coffee returns a little later still with the pepper. The pepper mellows out and then I taste earthy flavors and nuts until the end.


The smoke is thick, white and decent in amount. The draw is great. The burn is oke, not perfect though and the dark ash is frayed yet firm. The cigar is medium bodied and full flavored. Even though it’s a small cigar it lasted me an hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Impossible

Score: 90
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Viaje Circa 45 No.1

Now here is a cigar I know nothing about, well, almost nothing. All I knew was what Andre Farkas told me when he gave me this cigar at Intertabac 2016 and that was that this cigar is made for the European market and that it’s made by PDR in the Dominican Republic. Thank goodness for my (little yet sufficient) understanding of the German language and the cigarworld Dusseldorf website so I can provide some information on this cigar. The blend is named Circa 45, I don’t know if I would mention 45 in a cigar that is mainly for the German market but thats just me, and that it consists of a Ecuadorean Corojo wrapper, an Indonesian binder and Dominican fillers and that the line consists from 3 vitolas, of which I’m smoking the 5×52 No.1.


I met Andre a few years ago, when he came to The Netherlands to promote the Viaje brand and I was working for what was then his importer/distributer. That relationship well through, Viaje is no longer available on the Dutch market, but I still hang out with Andre for a bit when we run into each other at the Intertabac trade show in Dortmund. I know Viaje is available on the German market, I have no idea what other countries carry Viaje. The wrapper on this Circa 45 isn’t the prettiest, the color is a bit pale brown and it has a big ugly vein on the side of the cigar, the triple cap is nice though. The band is simple, it doesn’t distinguishes the cigar, at first glimpse I thought it was a Jose Marti or Punch, while the sides and the back are a copy of a Cuban Bolivar ring. I’m used to better rings from Viaje. The construction feels good, not soft spots, no knots and the aroma is a medium strong ammonia.


I used my butterfly cutter from Xikar and that created a loose cold draw without a lot of flavor. I lit the cigar with my soft flame. I taste a nice, strong espresso right from the start, slightly bitter on my tongue. After a centimeter I taste wood with a little lime on the roof of my mouth. I also taste a very mild creamy chocolate flavor. The chocolate disappears quickly and I now taste dry spices like nutmeg with some wood. It bites a bit in the back of my throat and makes my mouth very dry.


Past a third the cigar turns sour and bitter and it’s because I’m reviewing the cigar otherwise I would have put it away. I think Andre had an off day when creating this blend, this is so sub par for Viaje. The bitterness disappears halfway while the sour flavor tones down. Now it’s wood with some lemon. After two thirds I taste some charred wood with the lemon flavor that is gaining strength again.


The smoke is thick and there is a lot, the color is off white. The draw is a bit loose. The ash is light gray with black stripes and clearly layered. It is still firm though. The burn is great on this medium bodied, medium flavored stick. The cigar does has evolution and the ratio is oke. The smoke time is about an hour and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, I had many great Viaje cigars that I would love to smoke again but this isn’t one of them.

Score: 83

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Viaje satori karma

Viaje is the hottest boutique brand in the cigar industry at the moment, not for sale in The Netherlands, but on my last trip to Florida I got my hands on a few, some I bought, others I got bombed and this Satori Karma was a bomb. Satori means enlightment and all the cigars from the series have Buddhist names too like “Zen” and “Karma”. The Karma is a 5×52 robusto, which is made from Nicaraguan tobacco with an oscuro wrapper.
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The wrapper is flawless, dark and oily with a nice band. I see a few thin veins and the wrapper is shiny too. The smell is mild and smells like moist wood, like a walk in the forest after the rain in the summer. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine.
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I taste coffee and an earthy flavor with some floral notes. I also taste some wood and some sweetness that reminds me of powdered sugar. After a quarter of an inch the coffee disappears and I get a fresh citrus flavor instead. After half an inch I taste wood with some pepper in the aftertaste. After a third I taste wood with something sour and nutmeg. I taste some white pepper in the aftertaste. The sour flavor disappears near halfway.
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I keep tasting wood with nutmeg, mild spicy. I taste herbs and some pepper in the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste cedar with nutmeg, the aftertaste is mild acidic with herbs.
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This cigar lasted me five minutes short of two hours. The draw and smoke are great. The gray ash is frayed but firm. The wrapper rips open, which caused the burn to be a bit crooked. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish, the small batch is sold out.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Viaje skull & bones

Viaje is the newest hype in the cigar world, limited produced boutique cigars and their Skull & Bones is the hardest to find cigar. Only 150 boxes of 25 of these Nicaraguan puros were made. I got one of these highly sought after cigars at the EPIC herf in Ocala, Florida last November. As I was the whipping boy at the herf and got smacked over and over again, I can’t remember who gave me this cigar but I really appreciate it.
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The cigar looks great, the wrapper is dark and oily with some black stripes and smears. I can’t see veins. The darkness of the wrapper combines well with the skull & bones pirate style band. I smell stray and a barnyard. The construction feels good, the predraw is fine and I taste something floral. The foot of the cigar is folded tight.
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I taste a sweet and mild spicy earth flavor with some floral hints and soon I taste coffee with a bit more spicy and honey like sweetness. After half an inch my mouth gets dry. I taste some wood with herbs, a little bit of citrus and a little bit of chocolate on the background. After an inch I taste a pleasant nut flavor with some herbs and honey, a little bit of pepper. The cigar is mild spicy. After a third some toast joins the previously mentioned flavors. The flavors are full yet subtile.
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Halfway I taste a herbal toast as main flavor with some honey and citrus, although both are very mild. After two thirds the sweetness gets stronger with some herbs and oak. The flavors are quite complex. After that the herbs are getting dominant, soon to be replaced with coffee. The sweetness disappears, I still taste the herbs with a hint of dark chocolate. After that I taste herbal toast again, the flavors change almost with every puff, amazing.
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This cigar comes five minutes short to be a two hour smoke. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is dark gray, coarse but firm. The burn is great too. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish, they are nowhere to be found.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 9 / 10
Aroma third part: 9 / 10

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