Viaje Cache | Cigar Review

Wrapper: San Andres Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan Aganorsa leaf
Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa leaf
Size: 5 x 52
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $11.00 MSRP ($9.60 at Small Batch Cigar minus 10% off with coupon code Katman10 = $8.64)
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Today we take a look at the brand new Viaje Cache. Debuted at last month’s IPCPR trade show. Made at the TABSA factory in Nicaragua.

The reference of “Cache” refers to the rooms, or caches, where the best leaves are allowed to age in bales. They are inspected by Andre Farkas and his team before going to the next stage.

This is part of the Collaboration series in which Casa Fernandez is a partner.

Each box of the Viaje Cache has a false bottom that holds five box pressed cigars. Making the count a total of 25 cigars.

The cigar band has some mystical writing that can only be seen when held up to a black light. Since I threw my blacklights away in 1971, I have no idea what it says.

.I couldn’t find any information on the cigar besides what I just wrote.

So on with the review….

The cigar is tightly packed. No soft spots. A dark coffee bean wrapper that shimmers in the light with oiliness. The wrapper is silky smooth. Seams are invisible and there are only a few veins. The triple cap is flawless.

I clip the cap and find aromas of coffee, spice, cocoa, herbal notes, and canned peaches. There is a bit of wood and leather in the background.
Time to light up.

Very sweet and then POW. A smack in the puss with a lethal dose of red pepper. Holy shit! This is even more powerful that the typical Garcia Blast of Pepper. It is red hot!
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The draw is good as I spit blood. Smoke fills the room and gets into my eyes….

At the moment, it is difficult to define other flavor through the onslaught of pepper. But I do taste creaminess; which tames a bit of the pepper, cocoa, sweetness, toast, and cedar.

Other flavors lurk and I predict that within the next 5 minutes, the cigar will become a flavor bomb.
There is a distinct rich earthiness.. A soil tasting experience.

The creaminess is so rich that it tastes more like cream cheese on a toasted bagel. As the red pepper relents a bit, cinnamon takes its place. There is a bready yeasty flavor much like a bagel. I love bagels and an afternoon snack of toasted bagel with butter and jam is heavenly. Although, not too healthy.
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With 1” burned, we have flavor bomb status.

Here are the flavors: Creaminess, spice, cinnamon, cream cheese, toasted bagel, cocoa, coffee, sweetness, sweet cedar, and a touch of new leather.

The char line is holding up nicely.

I didn’t expect this. But Viaje and Casa Fernandez? C’mon. What should I have expected? A DE Natural?

The two companies working together has the same magic as when Pepin Garcia and Pete Johnson work together.

Only in this case, I believe that the Viaje Cache has accomplished more with this stick than anything new out of the recent Garcia/Johnson camp.
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The second third begins.

The ash falls of into my lap and scoots into the slit of boxers. OUCH! The dog thinks my dancing around is the go word for let’s party and begins to do her wiggle dance with me.

There is a phenomenal warm and cozy sense about this cigar. It has all that is needed and nothing it doesn’t need. It’s profile is perfect. The flavors are so powerful, yet defined, I am literally floored by the quality. This blend is a dream come true. I want more and Andrew at Small Batch Cigar has kindly broken some boxes into 5 packs at the most reasonable price online. I checked. No one comes close. These won’t last long. Word will get out and there will be a run on them.

No info was found on how limited a production the Viaje Cache is.
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There is a Three Musketeer’s taste. That nougaty and mousse-like quality is wonderful. There is dried fruit. Dates. Rich Medjool dates that are huge and squishy. Like me.

This cigar is going to bump a cigar off of my Top 25 from 2013-2014 list. It belongs in the top 10, at least. In fact, I may have a triple tie for first place. It is that good.

The cigar is deeply complex. A rich chewiness with a very long tasty finish. The balance is unbelievable.
I am now at the halfway point.

Andrew kindly sent me a sample of this cigar. Normally, I get a 5 pack of cigars when I am asked to review them. But Andrew has bent over backwards to show me a good time and I cannot refuse him. He is wily, that man.
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This cigar is so good, that I stop and go to Small Batch Cigar and pick up a 5 pack for myself. Only 9 five packs left now. Remember to use Katman10 coupon code at checkout for your 10% off. It ended up costing me $43.20. That price is sheer nuts compared to the other online stores. My dear wife put $50 in our bank account so I could buy some sticks today. What a darling.

Smoke Inn wants $53 for that 5 pack. Famous Smoke wants $10.56 a stick but are out of stock. Bonita Smoke Shop wants the exact same price as Famous at BOX price! Atlantic Cigar wants $53 for a five pack and are completely out of stock. Cigar Federation wants $53 for a 5 pack.

Clearly, SBC’s price of $48 is spectacular especially after their discount. Once word gets out about their price point and the fact that they have them in stock, they will disappear by end of day.

The flavor profile, the complexity, the perfect balance and sheer brilliance of this blend has taken me aback.

The last third begins.

This cigar went way too fast. I’ve invested 40 minutes and it seems like nothing.

This is a must try cigar. The Viaje Cache is something extraordinarily special.

I received the cigar last week. Dry boxed it for 48 hours. It spent a couple days in a low humidity humidor, and then I gave it another 18 hours of dry boxing.

The Viaje Cache has not required a single touch up. Not a single soft spot developed over the course of the first two thirds.

The strength. I’ve been remiss in my duties. It started off at classic medium but by the halfway point, it had moved to medium/full. And it might just end at full bodied.

No nicotine….I love that.
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I ordered the L’Atelier Surrogates Satin Glove from SBC this weekend thanks to one of my patrons…and loyal readers and friend.

It doesn’t show on the Crowned Heads list. I found it by hitting the “New Products” link on the home page. It is a brand new stick, 7 x 47, that made its debut at the IPCPR trade show last month. This is supposed to be a helluva stick.

It goes for $35 for five. $31.50 after my Katman10 discount. Andrew only has two five packs left. Better hurry!

The Viaje Cache is one of the most flavorful cigars I’ve smoked. It finishes beautifully without heat or bitterness. And not a sign of nicotine. It does make the transition to full bodied.

Don’t dawdle on this purchase unless you don’t mind spending $10 more per 5 pack. If you can find them.
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And now for something completely different:

We had played our first gig in Amsterdam…always the first city on the European tour. Our Dutch agent took the band and the main roadies out to dinner after the concert.

It was around 1am and we were stuffed.

The agent, Rik, asked everyone if they wanted to go to the red light district and get laid? Only Darryl and I raised our hands. The others were chicken.

So off we went in his car to the red light district.
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We got out and surveyed the territory. All the girls sat in tiny bay windows that were back lit with red lamps. All lined up in a huge row.

Supposedly, prostitution was legal and the girls had to get checked on some sort of timetable. Of course that didn’t help if the guy before you had the clap.
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Rik saw a girl he liked and went in. Darryl and I waited beside the car.

He came out and told us he made a deal for all three of us. $20 each.
He announced that he would go first. Since he was paying for it.

I was nervous as hell as I had never paid for it…in cash, anyways.

He came out 20 minutes later with a shit eatin’ grin. He slapped us on the backs and said it was GREAT!

Darryl announced he was going next. Great. I was getting thirds. Did not make me happy.

All I could think of was a gooshy quedgie.

Darryl came out 20 minutes later with that same shit eatin’ grin and bragged.
Now it was my turn.

I lumbered into the room. It was the size of a closet. Big enough for a single bed and a make up table.
The girl was a Heinz 57. She was from who knows where but she was gorgeous.

I made small talk but she would have none of it.

“Hurry up. Get your clothes off.”
I did as she commanded.

I tried to impress her with who I was but she said she only like R & B. And had no idea who Curved Air was.
She lay on the bed and was naked from the waist down. She kept her halter top on. Well, that was no fun.
She handed me a rubber.

Then she took a handful of something and slathered her quedgie with it. All I heard was this squishy sound.
She jerked on my dick a few times to get me hard. I was so scared that it wasn’t that easy to get an erection but, hey, I was 24 and anything could give me a hard on.

I climbed on and she guided me in.

Not 30 seconds later, she said, “Can’t you cum? C’mon…cum already.”

I told her to shut up. I was concentrating.

She kept up this mantra and it was driving me nuts.

So I tried to take her top off. She stopped me.
“That will be another 20 Guilders.”

I didn’t have 20 Guilders on me at the moment. Back then, that was around $5.00.

I couldn’t cum and I wasn’t having any fun so I began to sing Simon and Garfunkel’s “Keep the Customer Satisfied.”

She got mad and let me put my hand inside her halter top if it would make me cum faster.
I succeeded in spite of the obstacles.

As I got dressed, she told me: “You didn’t drink tonight, did you?”

I smiled and said no. I don’t drink. “Why?”

She said the other two guys obviously had a lot to drink.
I looked confused.

Then she took her index finger…made it stand up straight and then allowed it to droop.
I laughed so hard my sides hurt.

So after all this, I was the only one to get laid. The others were too drunk. And they came out bragging about how good it was.

I sauntered out to the car with a big smile.
They looked at me and knew in an instant I knew.

They hung their heads and said nothing. I laughed.

It cost Rik $60 for me to get laid. I thanked him.

The experience cured me of my curiosity. The idea of paying for sex was wiped clean off of my Bucket List.
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4 replies

  1. Thanks for the review.
    FYI the satin glove is made by L’Atelier

  2. You’re right. I was on drugs when I wrote that.
    My condolences.

  3. Katman, so far your reviews and opinions have been spot on. I only wish i had your ability to distinguish flavors! Impressive. I too am a musician, and worked in the music industry for many years, so i can appreciate you writing about that. Cigars, Rock n Roll? You could do a lot worse……….sorry for blowing smoke up your ass, but I really do think you are the man to refer to when I read stick reviews. I am also old enough to remember what it was like recording in analog in the studio. “You mean people actually play their instruments?” Just got some Viaje Cache, a box of Draig K`s and some BLTC and AKA stuff! Keep up the good work! Time to turn up my stereo (yes, a stereo) and light up a stick………..Thanks

  4. Many thanks Todd and welcome to our fun group.

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