Viaje TNT

Viaje TNT

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6.25 x 54
Wrapper : Sun Grown Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : around $10 at release, $13-$15 aftermarket

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.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★½☆
This cigar is huge. It is hefty. And it quite scares the s*** out of me. A couple of medium sized veins can be seen on the medium reddish brown corojo wrapper. The TNT has a long fuse coming off of the head and a closed foot. No soft spots anywhere down its length. Smells faintly of leather and the foot of tea leaves.

Construction : Rating: ★★★½☆
I cut the silly cap and fuse off with my guillotine cutter and I then could easily dry draw air through the cigar. The cigar proved hard to light with my Xikar lighter because of the closed foot. Initially produced a lot of creamy smoke. A very dark, slightly brownish, charred ash is produced while smoking that clings tightly to the end of the cigar. Really good burn for the 1st and 2nd thirds. The last third had some minor burn problems with the filler burning faster than the wrapper and had to correct it several times.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½
Once I sparked this behemoth of a stick I immediately noticed flavors of black tea and dried flowers with hints of a dark chocolate backbone. About an inch in, I also detected cherry wood flavors. Hoisin sauce and allspice with a touch of sweetness characterized the retrohale. There is a lot going on in the first third of this cigar and I was highly impressed. The middle of the cigar lost some of the complexities of the first third, but still was very enjoyable with wood, bitter chocolate, floral flavors still hanging around. The last third blows up your taste buds with rich espresso and bitter dark chocolate flavors and the aroma reminded me of pipe tobacco (very fragrant). Too much tobacco for me to tackle at this point and had to cut my smoking experiences with this cigar off with around 2 inches left each time. Being nicotine sick just doesn’t sound like a good idea in this Texas heat.

Value : Rating: ★★★½☆
Depending on what you paid, you get a whole lot of cigar for the money, and a 2+ hour smoking experience. The aftermarket prices on this stick borderline on my limit that I would pay for them, but there is enough in this stick to justify the price.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★½
Hands down the longest smoking experience I had with a cigar. Please set a good amount of time away to tackle this mountain of tobacco. This thing burns slow and milks every nuance out of every inch of tobacco for your smoking pleasure. Wouldn’t recommend for beginners because this cigar is pretty stout throughout the entire smoke. I have several more that are resting and can’t wait to see where these end up in the coming months to a year if I can resist smoking them before that time. Cheers!