Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.6 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
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.
Nice looking corona gorda with dark brown wrapper with two prominent, medium sized veins running down the side of the cigar. This was medium in weight in the hand and tightly packed with no soft spots. Not much scent on the wrapper at all. Oiliness and sheen to the wrapper has me drooling and excited to spark this one up. Unique closed foot on the end smells like dog food, seriously.
The wrapper unraveled a tiny bit when straight cutting the end of the triple cap. It had a super tight draw that had me worried a bit. But once lit, the worries went away immediately when the draw completely opened up and the stick became a smoke factory. Huge plumes of smoke continued to bellow out of my mouth and out of this stick all the way through until the very last third when it went out briefly, but relit easily. Typical Viaje construction in my opinion- hardly a single flaw. The Raices Cubanas factory is one of the best in the biz when it comes to construction. Very good quality control.
From the very start I was hit with a surprising amount of spice. This spice lingered in the back of my mouth, tongue, and throat, and sides of my mouth for a little while. I thought immediately that these needed some more time. After the spice blast died down a bit, flavors of flowers and leather come out. Retrohale reminds me of sandalwood. At this point I can definitely identify its lineage from the Summerfest(SF) blend. The strength seemed a bit stronger than the original SF blend. I got a significant amount of woodsy flavors about 2 inches in. Currently the aroma is the best thing going for this cigar as the retrohale is very much enjoyable with its intoxicating floral notes. Second third evolved into leather and milk chocolate flavors. The cigar started to gain some strength near the end of the 2nd third and I started to get pretty dizzy. This one definitely delivered a sneaky dose of vitamin N! The last third ended with espresso notes, and eventually concluded with me putting this one down near the middle of the band due to it getting too hot.
The value in this one all depended on where you got them and how much you may have been shafted for. Some retailers offered these around the $13 dollar mark, which I believe is a rip off. Others offered it around the $8 mark, which I believe is a proper price point for these sticks. I have found these sitting in some random B&M’s recently being sold now for $7.50.
Overall Rating :
This was a decent smoke overall for a proposed test blend. At $13, I don’t think I would buy these, but at $8 it is well priced and worth the ride. In my honest opinion, this is a much better blend and size than the SF from last year. I did however have some problems with this cigar. Don’t get me wrong, the cigar was complex, but polished it was not. The cigar flavors seemed to be very irate with flavors coming and going. I am kind of getting the feeling that this cigar is really young, and that maybe I need to sit the rest of these beauties for awhile to see where they go.