Viaje Fifty Fifty No.1 Black Label

Viaje Fifty Fifty #1

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Nicaragua Corojo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $10 each

Released at the 2009 IPCPR show the Viaje Fifty Fifty No.1 Black Label is not exactly new to the cigar world but it's pretty hard to find. “Viaje” meaning journey in Spanish, is a small boutique cigar company who produces cigars under the motto, “quality is better than quantity.” Their small verses big attitude allows for more quality control and a better overall product for its consumers.

The official description of the blend is as follows:

“the idea behind Fifty | Fifty is to offer the ability to enjoy two different flavor profiles while smoking the same cigar. Fifty | Fifty’s components are a closely-guarded secret, but two distinct blends were formulated to make up the cigar. Joining the two blends was a challenge that was difficult to perfect. Each cigar is carefully crafted taking triple the amount of time a normal cigar takes to roll. The cigar comes wrapped in a dark, oily Nicaraguan cover leaf with two binders holding the filler in place. Fifty | Fifty starts out as a rich medium bodied cigar before transitioning into a bold, full-bodied smoke.”

On to the review…

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Viaje WLP Red 50/50 (Quick Smoke Series)

Viaje VLP Red 50/50

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10.00 each

The Viaje White Label Project Red 50/50 has a flawless wrapper,… deep mahogany with reddish tint. Invisible seams, and a few medium sized veins. Draw is somewhat tight and hard to pull on. More smoke comes off the foot than through the head it seems sometimes. Burn line is all over the place and needs a few touch ups while smoking.

1st Third- Leather is first noticed, then a tad bit of soy/and or beef jerky,... a little paperish too. Not much spice for a Viaje. A tad sour. Pretty one dimensional.
2nd Third - Started out with some smooth dark chocolate flavors that disappeared into charred meat.
3rd Third- Malty-paperish amalgamation, hard to pin down but not very good nevertheless.

Well, this was the third WLP cigar I have smoked and the consistent theme with them all can be summed up with one word,... underwhelmed. It had some glimmers of hope during the experience of smoking it, but all in all this stick is too reckless in its flavor delivery to provide much enjoyment. All I can say is that I am glad to have smoked one but one will be all that I need to smoke.

Appearance : ★★★★½
Construction : ★★½☆☆
Flavor : ★★★☆☆ (2.75)
Value : ★★½☆☆
Overall : ★★★☆☆ (2.75)

Viaje Double Edged Sword

Viaje Double Edged Sword

Origin : HondurasViaje cigars
Format : Double Torpedo
Size : 5.75 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10.00

Viaje Double Edged Sword was released back in 2010. This was one of the first Exclusivo blend cigars by Viaje. The Exclusivo blend releases are below in chronological order:

  1. Exclusivo Robusto (Jar Release)
  2. Exclusivo Robusto (Bundle Release)
  3. Chiquito
  4. Double Edged Sword
  5. Exclusivo Short
  6. Tower 45th

It was also one of the most popular Exclusivos to hit the market ever. In 2009 and 2010, Viaje really lit the U.S. on fire with some great small batch releases, with the Double Edged Sword being one of them. The last 2 years have been totally hit or miss for Viaje in my opinion. So for those of you that may still have these aging in your humidors, let’s see how they are coming around.

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Viaje Exclusivo Tower 45th

Viaje Exclusivo Tower 45th

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10.50
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I have been more than fortunate to be smoking through some great sticks that have been sitting in my humidor for much of the year. This little gem was released back in March as a way to celebrate Tower Cigars’ 45th anniversary which really isn’t until 2012. Fortunately for all, they released these cigars in 2011 to treat all of the waiting public yearning for more of Andre Farkas’ exclusivo blend (his personal blend). Today, while writing this review, I read Jon Huber’s blog about bloggers/cigar reviewers and his thoughts of cigar makers as artists or musicians. If cigar makers are artists than I have to go out and say the Tower Exclusivo 45th is Farkas’ “Mona Lisa.”

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Viaje C-4

Viaje C4

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 5 x 56 (box press)
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10.50-$11.00
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It seems as if you would think Andre Farkas would run out of bomb themed cigars this year. But yet again, here comes another one, the “C-4.” At this point in the year, I have been pretty disappointed in a lot of the Viaje releases. Some felt as if they were released too young and some were just plain terrible. But Andre has a way of keeping his followers' eyes peeled for that diamond in the rough. Every once in awhile he hits a homerun and I was hoping to find it possibly in this cigar.

The C-4 was released back in mid-June along with some other annual Viaje summertime releases: the TNT and Summerfest. Only 3,750 total cigars were made. As much of you all know, Andre only specializes in small batch, hard to find cigars.

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Viaje TNT

Viaje TNT

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6.25 x 54
Wrapper : Sun Grown Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : around $10 at release, $13-$15 aftermarket
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Awhile back I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a 5 pack of last summer’s limited Viaje release called the “TNT.” The TNT is characterized by its resemblance to a stick of dynamite with its long fuse like cap. Packed into boxes that look like authentic crates that house dynamite, the TNT was very well presented and marketed.

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Raices Cubanas Candela War

Illusione 88 Candela VS Viaje White Label Project Candela

Illusione 88 Candela VS Viaje White Label Project Candela
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52 (Illusione), 5 x 50 (Viaje)
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8-9 each
Smoked 2 of each for review

Since two of the top brands in the industry (Illusione and Viaje) decided to come out with candela cigars, I found it only appropriate to match these up face to face to see how they compare. The two cigars are the Viaje White Label Project Candela and Illusione’s 88 Candela. What makes this match up even more interesting is that both cigars come out of the same factory. For a lot of people out there this may be a problem, especially for those loyal to their brands and they don’t like the fact that the factory allowed two candelas to leave its doors. Some even have gone as far as to say that Andre Farkas of Viaje is following (or copying) the lead of Dion Giolito. But the only question to myself, was which one of the cigars was better? So whose cigar is King of the Candela?

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Viaje White Label Project

Viaje White Label Project

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.6 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $8-13, depends on the B&M
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Many reviews have been done on this particular cigar. This cigar drew a lot of rumors and buzz at the time of release due to its extreme exclusivity. Only 5 mystery B&M’s got bundles of these self promoted “Prototype Cigars.” Andre Farkas stated that the White Labels would be cigars that would be released to the public as a test blend to possible future releases. This release of the White Label is a tweaked blend of last year’s Summerfest blend. I truthfully disliked the Summerfest blend, but thought that with some adjustments to the blend and size, that this cigar could have been much better. I happened to get a hold of many of these cigars in the hopes of putting some good age on them. But I had to smoke a couple to see where they were at in their evolution.

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