Cigar Review- Viaje Super Shot 2013 Corojo 10 Gauge

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Size: 3.5 x 54
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $8.00

Viaje Super Shot 2013 Corojo 10 Gauge Packaging
(Thanks to Outland Cigars for packaging photo)

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I have reviewed this cigar once before while I reviewed for an online cigar store. And I loved the cigar then and I fully expect to love it now. We shall see.
The Super Shot name comes from Andre Farkas love of clay shooting.

The announcement on Face Book said, “A Corojo version of Super Shot will accompany Super Shot Criollo this year. This comes after many requests for a slightly tamed version of the original release.”

The wrapper is gorgeous with an extremely oily wrapper. It is dark brown with a reddish hue. There are a lot of small spider veins. And the seams are shut tight. There is a slight tooth. There is also a covered foot. And no band. I feel the need to load the sticks in my Mossberg.

The Criollo version was released in 2012. And was a real powerhouse. The 2013 version is a Corojo and supposedly not as powerful. This means, I reviewed the Criollo, not the Corojo last year.

I sniff and detect lots of spice. A tremendous amount of cocoa. Some wood, cedar and leather. The dry draw projects spice, cocoa and creaminess.

I clip it and light up.

A big wallop of spice hits my palate. The cedar and wood are prominent. The cocoa is ever present. After all, this is a Nicaraguan puro. A recipe for cocoa. And then some delightful sweetness.

The burn is already erratic. I use a single torch very carefully and sometimes the burn just isn’t even. I immediately touch it up. Otherwise, it might get out of control.

The body is already hitting the medium/full aspect. Ain’t wasting any time, but then a 3.5” cigar can’t afford to.
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I read my Criollo review before writing this and I clearly like this cigar better. It is about to become a flavor bomb.

The draw is right on the money. Loads of smoke pours from the foot. For such a small cigar, it ain’t cheap. I’m guessing that 45 minutes is the most I will get from it. But I am a great believer in that you should get what you pay for. In this case, I paid nothing as my good buddy Dave Griffis gave me some samples. Thanks Dave.

The char line goes AWOL again and I touch it up once more.

Creaminess shows up at the half inch mark. There is such a wonderful sweetness but I can’t tell if it is fruit driven. The flavors are very intense. I would love to have a box of these.

A toastiness arrives now. I love that. The spiciness has been tamed and while is very prevalent, is not as strong as it was during the light up process. In fact, the pepper level is perfect for my tastes. Always there but allowing an array of flavors to show through.
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The cigar is packed to the gills with tobacco and is a very slow burner. I am just passing the one inch mark and it’s taken me between 10-15 minutes to get this far. Because of the short length, I see a tool; or roach clip in my future. As long as the nub stays cool.

I break the ash off at the one inch mark because I fear it might fall into my lap. I think if I held my laptop on its side, 6oz of ash would pour out.
Thirds won’t work here so it’s the first half and second half during this analysis.

One problem with this cigar is its availability. It is a small batch cigar that disappears off shelves quickly.

The flavor bomb quality is getting bigger and bigger in its intensity. The cocoa and the creaminess are driving the bus on this stick. With the spiciness right behind.

Here comes the disclaimer: I got these cigars today. They arrived in cellos. And yet, when I lit one up, I feel I got the full intent of Farkas’ blend. No need to let them rest 2-3 weeks. They are good to go. Of course, rest will only enhance the flavors and character.

At the halfway point, the cigar becomes very complex. The whole array of flavors is married together. Everything I described earlier is in force and all on an even keel.
The cigar loses its sexiness because it has no band. And reviewers love bands for their photos.
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I am still basically at the halfway point as I hit the 25 minute mark.

The body remains at its medium/full status. I’m guessing the last inch will knock me off my chair.
It amazes me how oily the wrapper is. It is almost art.

The cigar continues on its journey and the strength is increasing. The flavor profile keeps increasing. The cigar is extremely well balanced with a very long finish.

As I close in on the last inch, the spiciness increases two fold. This cigar possesses a lot of surprise for such a little stick. This is what the NUB cigars try to do. But I don’t find them to really hit the sweet spot right away. The Super Shot hits the sweet spot during the quarter of an inch.

As I near the end, I hate to let go. I plan to nub it as much as possible.

I use my flag tool to hold the nub. It stays warm, but not hot. And never gets bitter.

I plan to put Dave Griffis in my will for sending me four of these masterpieces. I hope he can afford the debt.
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