Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Binder: Nicaraguan – Aganorsa leaves
Filler: Nicaraguan – Aganorsa leaves
Size: 6 x 52 “Toro-box pressed
Price: $12.50 MSRP — $11.60 at Small Batch Cigar minus 10% discount (Katman10) from SBC = $10.44 a stick. Cheapest price online.
This is the first collaboration between Viaje and Casa Fernandez. The combined effort seemed to be a decision made in cigar heaven as CF provides Viaje with most of their Aganorsa leaf.
Other than that, the cigar made its debut at last month’s 2014 IPCPR trade show.
There is virtually no information out there about this cigar. So I cannot give you juicy bits of back story as I am not a cigar insider and don’t get invited to meetings with these people. I shall somehow carry on. I can’t find how many cigars were released but obviously it is a limited edition.
The stick is beautiful. Visible, but tight seams. A gorgeous, precise box press. Very few veins. A nicely executed triple cap. And a wrapper that is the color of butterscotch with a splash of peach brandy and a nice oily sheen. The cigar is silky smooth to the touch. The cigar is heavy in the hand and no soft spots.
I clip the cap and find aromas of spice, ginger, cedar, sweet floral notes, and a rich earthiness.
Time to light up.
A sweetness develops. Gingersnaps follow. One needs to remember that this is a natural product and it is made, if you are buying the right ones, a beautifully spoiled bunch of leaves. That tobacco is so important to the flavor. You can take all the typical ancillary candy bar flavors away if you have a brilliant base of terrific tobacco.
So, to make a short story long; what I am saying is that so far, this cigar is pumping on all 6 cylinders to impress me with the sheer beauty of the tobacco. And nothing else.
There is a caveat; you need an experienced palate to be able to enjoy this attribute. Otherwise, you’d be smoking Avantis. (Inside joke).
Creaminess appears. The char line is dead nuts. The sweetness becomes brown sugar. There is also a graham cracker element.
The strength wastes no time in attaining a strong medium body.
I just reviewed the Viaje Late Harvest Hang Time LH 648 which came out in summer of 2013 and only a few left. I think Andrew ran out of them after I reviewed them last Wednesday. But he still has a couple boxes.
If you ask him nicely, he will probably break a box apart and sell you a 5 pack. Stunning cigar!
I’m a huge Andre Farkas groupie. The man has a way with the leaf.
Black pepper emerges in the most subtle of fashion. A mild sting to the inside cheeks.
The Viaje Collaboration 2014 is steaming like a locomotive now. Flavor explosions like eating Rice Krispies. (?)
I’ve only had the stick for a week now. I allowed it 48 hours of dry boxing and then put it in a low humidity (67-68%) humidor. That usually does the trick for accelerating the maturation process for reviewing a cigar. Others that are truly old school, this will not work on. What works on old school blends is throwing them in your humidor and cursing them for 9 months.
Cleveland, we have flavor bomb status….only 1” into the cigar.
There is a pomegranate component that was totally unexpected. That tart and sweetness together with a definitive fruity taste. Like me.
The balance is right on the money and it has a very long lip smacking finish. The complexity must be arriving later.
The flavor profile has not really changed; although I can sense something brewing, but has become very potent and specific.
The spiciness has changed to red pepper and is now very, very strong.
The new flavors are vanilla salt water taffy, toast, and herbal spices.
The creaminess combined with the caramel and brown sugar makes this a spectacular trifecta of flavors.
The strength remains the same. Or should I say; song?
The flavor profile shifts a bit with a strong woody taste. Not cedar. Oak.
Through the myriad of flavors, the rich earthiness still shines through.
Damn fine cigar.
The strength has rescinded itself from medium/full to classic medium body.
The Viaje Collaboration is on cruise control. It seems to have filled its basket with all the flavor components it needs and is now pure enjoyment.
BTW- This stick comes in the “Katman Special” sampler from Small Batch Cigar. I just checked and there are only two packs left. You get:
1 x Nat Sherman Epoca Knickerbocker (Brand New)
1 x Camacho BG Meyer Robusto (Brand New)
1 x Viaje Collaboration 2014 (Brand New)
1 x Caldwell The King is Dead Premier (2013)
1 x LFD N.A.S (Brand New)
For the killer price of $45. Use the 10% off coupon code at checkout of Katman10 and the pack goes down to $40.50 + Free Shipping.
The flavors are running down my leg ‘cause it squeezed my lemon so hard.
“Squeeze me baby, till the juice runs down my leg.
The way you squeeze my lemon, I’m gonna fall right out of bed.”
Halfway point and the pomegranate element is supplanted by a lemon citrus flavor.
I’ve now invested over an hour of smoke time.
The Viaje Collaboration 2014 is one more unique stick in the Farkas’ line of blends. I can’t think of many blenders that have this level of diversity within one brand.
Jesus Alou! I expect the flavors to crack the seams on the cigar and explode into my face. The last half is the super sweet spot.
The red pepper has calmed down a bit.
Here are the latest flavors: Earthiness, creaminess, caramel, brown sugar, citrus, cocoa, oak, vanilla bean, and graham cracker.
The last third begins. It has been a marvelous experience leaving me wanting more. Thankfully, somehow, Small Batch Cigar has plenty.
I should note that out of the three sunny days that occur in Milwaukee, today is one of them and my photos should show what a beautiful cigar this is.
I must buy a 5 pack. Oh God. How am I going to beg Charlotte on this one?
While I loved the Viaje Late Harvest Hang Time LH 648, it is impossible to compare it to the Viaje Collaboration 2014. Two separate entities. And unfortunately, the former is no longer in stock at SBC. They disappeared after my review was published.
But once again, Andrew couldn’t be more customer oriented and I’m sure he will break a box to sell you a 5 pack. Andrew will also let you buy singles. Just ask.
Try this cigar in a Katman Special or in a 5 pack. Win/Win.
The last third is upon me and I am now at over 90 minutes smoke time. The cigar is jam packed and a slow smoke.
The strength touches the hem of medium/full now. And a touch of nicotine shows itself. I can tell by all the typos I make.
Construction has been marvelous. I’ve only had to clip the drool covered cap once. The char line required no touch ups. And the wrapper has been a real champ.
Sometimes you will see small cracks near the cap. That’s my fault from clipping it to obliterate the drool from the photos.
The Viaje Collaboration 2014 is a spectacular cigar. The team of Viaje and Casa Fernandez did themselves proud.
The stick comes in only one size.
NOTE: Check out the comment section of the Tatuaje 10 Grand Chasseur TAA 2013 review. My old nemesis took issue about what I said about him. And now he is unleashing his lawyer on me. LOL
Note 2: I relented and removed the comment I made about this guy because I felt sorry for him. He threatened me with non existent lawyers and said he would call the police on me for cyber bullying. His little evil no backbone minions are always watching me; looking for something I wrote that they can tattle tale on me. These are not people. They are douche bags of the highest order. Can you imagine a life in which you get off hiding in the shadows waiting to take someone down and laughing like Peter Lorre? They don’t have a life, they live vicariously through others. Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke. Or be man enough to take it. I published this guy’s comment of accusations. I didn’t hide it which is my right. And once I removed the comment, guess what? He asked that I remove his comment. LOL I should have let it stay right where it was but I’m a soft hearted guy.
So I guess he took his ball and went home.
One last thing, in his emails to me he said that everyone in the cigar industry talks badly about me and that is why I don’t have more sponsors. Is that spreading lies? Is that slander? So is that bullying? Is that free speech allowed and mine is not?
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