It is Saint Patty’s Day weekend and with the weather beautiful here in the NE, I set out to get some much needed smoking done. Here’s a quick run down of what I have been smoking.
Viaje has been shipping a lot of new releases the last few weeks and I am happy to say, Andre is hitting them out of the park! Two weeks ago I smoked the Viaje Super Shot 10 Gauge and was blown away by that stick. So when Stogie Santa texted that the 12 Gauge had arrived, I immediately had him send me some. This little 3.5 x 52 shot gun shell is rich in flavor including; earth, espresso, dark chocolate, leather, and red pepper. The flavor profile is full with strength only falling slightly less than full (I found the 10 Gauge to be stronger). I think Ben from Nice Tight Ash is right, these should age tremendously. “Box Worthy”
Gift to be by Stogie Santa I really enjoyed this smoke. This Dominican Puro had some nice balance of cedar and spice with some sweetness on the finish. Great construction and burn. I would certainly recommend a "Fiver" to check it out.
The 2011 release of the Viaje WLP Candela made it to my top 20 of 2011. The 2012 release has a bright green wrapper and is a slightly larger (5 x 52). Much like the 2011, the wrapper is razor thin and I did have some cracking occur. Regardless, this stick performed well and offered up some great flavor on Saint Patrick’s day. Medium in body and strength. The wrapper offered some nice grassy undertones but did not overpower the cigar. Worth a try when you want something different.
The a Aroma de Cuba EE No. 2 is a 5 x 50 Robusto that sports a Ecuadorian wrapper and pairs perfectly with a morning cup of coffee. I enjoy the rich flavors and the underlying sweetness that is present. It is not the first time I have posted about this stick and it probably won’t be the last. “Box Worthy”.
Gifted to me by Bill Berris of The Cigar Snapshot, this twelve year old Corona from the land of forbidden fruit had superb balance and smoothness. It was the perfect way to end the weekend. Nub’d it! “Box Worthy” or maybe I should say “Cab Worthy”.
Until next time, keep burning!