Viaje WLP PL TB#7 | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo’ 99, Aganorsa (Jalapa)
Binder: Nicaraguan Aganorsa
Filler: Nicaraguan Aganorsa
Size: 6 x 40 “Petit Lancero”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $8.32 MSRP


Today we take a look at the Viaje White Label Project TB#7. Or Viaje WLP PL TB#7, which stands for Petit Lancero Test Blend #7

This is a super small release. Only 300 bundles were released recently. The idea behind the WLP it to test market future blends and get feedback from smokers lucky enough to get a hold of some. It is a behind the scenes look at how Andre Farkas develops new blends and also allows you to help out.

Small Batch Cigar has them in 5 packs.

The sticks are produced at the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras. Even though this cigar is a Nic puro.

This review shouldn’t take long due to the 6 x 40 size. It is stout without a single soft spot. The wrapper is a light toffee brown with some oil and very mini-toothy. Seams are tight and there are lots of small veins throughout. The triple cap is flawless.

The Viaje cigar band is as generic as they come.

I clip the cap and find aromas of honey, spice, chocolate, graham cracker, strong barnyard, and leather.
Time to light up.

The draw is tighter than I expected. There seems to be a small plug behind the cigar band. I use my cigar awl to open it up but merely half an inch in, I hear cracking noises and stop. Andrew of SBC sent me a single stick so I have nothing to compare it to.

A small amount of spice shows up in the form of black pepper.

I just notice that the introduction of the cigar awl into the cap has caused a crack between the cap and the cigar band. Not a good sign.

The cap was not as flawless as it first appeared. It literally just peels off. And this has nothing to do with the cigar awl fiasco.

I can feel the plug just above the cap. I don’t dare try to open the draw again because there cannot be a worse place for a crack to be. And now I’m plagued with a small plug for the next 45 minutes. A reviewer needs several cigars in order to review. As I have only one, this is the only impression you will get…from me, that is.

The flavor profile is just OK. It is woody and with a touch of sweetness.
BTW-I’ve had this stick for about three weeks.

This stick tastes like shit. It is coming apart at the seams. Nothing about it qualifies it as a premium cigar. I smoked 1-12” and I’m done. What a piece of crap. Protection Status


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2 replies

  1. Ouch…

    I have had several lanceors with draw or plug issues. I tend to gravitate to larger, non-figurado sizes. My theory (which is mine, ahem) is that toro and robusto sizes are simply easier to roll and so they’re harder screw up. Draw has the biggest effect on my enjoyment of a smoke (given the blend is decent) and I’ve had inconsistencies even in cigars that I love and have smoked a ton of. To have a plug combined with a dreaded cap-end-wrapper-split is pretty much a waste of time.

  2. Brutally honest,but that’s why we love you Uncle. We’re rewarded by you not fucking around or being a shameless whore like some reviewers.
    Agree with Mike on the lancero thing. Corona is about the smallest gauge I prefer.

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