Today we take a look at the Viaje Oro Reserva Aficionado 2014.
It made its debut at the 2014 IPCPR trade show.
The VOR, over three years, has come in three sizes:
Aficionado: 7 x 50 (Box-Pressed)
VOR No. 5: 5.5 x 52 (Box-Pressed)
VOR DT: 5.75 x 52 (Double Torpedo)
As is the custom, all cigars were produced at the Raíces Cubanas Factory in Honduras.
You will often see the Oro referred to as the VOR.
These blends were the backbone of Andre Farkas’ line of cigars under the Viaje name. They originally started out as full production cigars and then eventually back tracked to become small production sticks to match up with the other releases.
From what I know, the Oro is merely a stronger version of the Platino.
First came the VOR #5 in 2010. Along with POR #6 in 2010. Then in 2011, came the VOR DT and the Viaje Platino Reserva DT. A one-time outing.
Now to the construction. It is a nicely built cigar with a touch of rustic quality. Invisible seams. Few veins. But a real organic looking wrapper that is a light chocolate in color with only a touch of oil. Most is matte finished. The triple cap is one of the best I’ve seen.
This is a triple band cigar. Really setting it apart from other blends.
I clip the cap and get some hay notes, very spicy (I get a double sneeze out of it), chocolate, mint, coffee, sweetness, citrus, and leather.
Time to light up.
The jam packed stick draws like a dream. Although, I have to admit it is difficult to chomp on a 7” long fully packed cigar. So no chomping til the end.
I’ve had this cigar for about 5-6 weeks now. So no excuses. And I’m curious, after the debacle from yesterday’s review of the Tarazona 305. That cigar just disintegrated while I watched.
I am adamant that it was the cigar and not me that caused the problems.
Hot damn! This blend is blowing my socks off at the 1/8” mark already. A big blast of red pepper assaults the senses. A delicious combo of chocolate and cream with a hint of orange brandy sit side by side each other.
Yep. Buy this cigar. (Are we done now?)
I won’t piss and moan about the double digiting of good cigars. But like The Collection by Ezra Zion, this cigar is worth every shekel of its $11.00 price tag. Coincidentally, the Collection is also a 7 x 50 Churchill.
The Viaje Oro Reserva Aficionado 2014 is for the experienced palate. The strength hits a tad bit above medium body from the start. I ready the crash helmet so when the nicotine hits halfway through, there will be no brain damage to my dog lying next to me when I pass out.
I don’t know if Cigar Aficionado has picked their Top 25 of 2014 yet, but it the Viaje Oro Reserva Aficionado 2014 continues on this path, I better see it on that list. It is certainly going on mine.
I have time to kill. My daughter lived with us for about 18 months in between boyfriends. She brought her boxer and her cat. The dog and cat got along famously and I know, the dog specifically, had a hoot of a time playing with the feline.
Then about 8 months ago, Katie moved in with her fiancée. She had been dating him for 2 years. Don’t do the math. Just don’t.
She left us the dog because hubby-to-be would not allow it. But took the cat. The dog was desolate for some time. She wandered the house looking for her buddy.
As you know, if you are a regular reader, my daughter rescued a 5 month old cat from the Humane Society. And presented it to me to help me defeat the funk I’m in.
It’s been 7-10 days now. The cat, who spent a long time in a cage is uber grateful and at peace with the world. The dog is ecstatic. Now after just a short time, they are buddies. They sleep together. The cat eats from the dogs bowl at dinnertime and the dog allows it. Although, we don’t. We only give the dog some Blue Wilderness and a skinless baked chicken breast. I have to tear a piece of the breast and throw it across the room so the dog can eat in peace.
Back to the matter at hand…the Viaje Oro Reserva Aficionado 2014.
The ash gently disembarks the cigar at the 1-1/2” mark.
And the flavors are: Chocolate, cream, charcoal, caramel, red pepper, orange brandy, cedar, earthiness, and leather.
The charcoal became a factor just minutes ago. At first, I thought something was burning. I know, not very bright. But there is a strong charcoal component that gives is a campfire BBQ flare.
The char line is razor sharp.
This is a superb cigar. It goes to the top of the list.
What a relief. After a few bum cigars reviewed, I was beginning to think my new name is Mr. Negative.
This is what I keep talking about. A great cigar shows its stuff in the first eighth of an inch.
I get a fruity sweetness besides the orange brandy. Tangerine. Sweet and tangy.
The second third begins. And I’ve invested a good 45 minutes of smoke time.
The caramel really makes me think of an ice cream sundae with that luscious creaminess and milk chocolate alongside.
It is freezing here in Wisconsin. Winter has arrived. Late, but here now. It is currently 3° outside. And I have the dining room window open to ventilate while I review. It feels like the cold has grabbed the base of my snarglies and squeezed.
I’ve omitted two flavors that have been with me all along: Toasty and nutty. Like me.
The Viaje Oro Reserva Aficionado 2014 is spewing smoke like a 3 alarm fire. After each puff, I must wait for 6-7 seconds for the smoke to clear so I can see the laptop screen.
I am a Viaje fan. Andre Farkas is one of the most consistent blenders around. Yeah, we all have opinions about his different blends but you have to admit that this guy knows what he is doing. And talk about prolific. The guy cranks out blends like nobody’s business. And does it without the help of Pepin Garcia who so many young blenders rely upon for their success.
I’m at the halfway point.
This blend comes very close to being a perfect cigar. I belong to a cigar forum and clearly all the guys on it have dough. They are always showing off their ridiculous stash of exotic cigars which includes Cubans. These guys have to spend thousands of dollars per month to accrue what they show in photos.
A crack is forming below the cigar band. I check the humidor. 66° and 69% humidity. So I don’t get it. Is it possible to ruin a cigar during the 5-7 days a cigar is in transit? Of course, I am measuring the temp at 9:15am. Not 3:00am. I’m not being consistent with throwing a blanket over my humidor at nights. We turn the thermostat down so we don’t have a $1500 energy bill every month. Why we moved into a big house is beyond me.
Oh that’s right. I was working and making good money. That’s the ticket.
Fingers crossed I will burn right over the crack and it shan’t get any worse.
The difference between a good one trick pony and a sophisticated cigar is not only the amount of flavor but the way it is distributed throughout the smoke.
A good $6 cigar will entertain you with its interesting flavor but rarely has much complexity. The Viaje Oro Reserva Aficionado 2014 is a merry go round. One doesn’t constantly taste the same flavor profile with each puff. It is a cornucopia of experiences. It continues to entertain and enliven the smoking experience. And that, my dear readers, is it in a nutshell. The super cigar is an “experience.” A good $6 cigar just passes the time.
Fuck. The 1” ash falls on to my lap but not before landing on top of my camera hanging from my neck.
The last third begins.
The price point. Worth every cent of the $11.00. I am shocked, actually. If this was blended by one of the big guys, you would see it at around $16. Farkas has managed to find the best tobacco, process it to its maximum potential, and charge a fair fee. I’d love to be a fly on the wall when they discuss how to price the Viaje line.
The downside is that people with dough stock up on these limited edition cigars and horde them until they have been out of circulation for a while. Then they swoop in like vultures and offer them up for sale at twice, or more, of the original price. I hate that.
Flavors are the same as around the halfway point. A constant circle of fifths.
I can feel the oiliness on my lips. Gooey and dripping like my lemon on to the floor.
I can see myself in the reflection of the laptop screen. Except for the fro, I’ve never had hair this long. Much longer than the current photos show. I’m going for that washed up rock star look. It now sits on my shoulders and a little farther down for good licks. I need a haircut to shape it up a bit.
90 minutes and still smokin’. But the nice thing is no boredom.
I took a break from typing to give your poor brains a rest from reading my drivel.
The cigar finishes out beautifully. The experienced palate will love this. The 5-6 weeks of rest was just perfect.
Construction was spot on except for that small crack that did burn away quickly. The cap needed no clipping and the char line required no touch ups. A class cigar. The Viaje Oro Reserva Aficionado 2014 hit the full body strength in the last third. And wonders of wonders! No nicotine. It ends smooth as a baby’s tush.
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