October 6, 2010
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $8.50
Viaje is a boutique premium cigar manufacturer that only produces a small number of top notch cigars every year. Their name is Spanish and means simply, “Journey.” Viaje focuses exclusively on crafting Nicaraguan puros. The Viaje Oro Delicado is promoted as the fullest-bodied cigar in the Viaje puro line. Measuring 6 x 50, the Delicado is a Toro with a consistent but enjoyable blend.
Appearance : [rating:5/5]
The Viaje Oro Delicado is very pleasant to behold; the medium brown wrapper is almost veinless and has no noticeable hard or soft spots. The somewhat heart-shaped band features the elegant Viaje logo with three tobacco leaves and a scrollwork border. I can detect the smell of cocoa emanating from the wrapper before I light up.
Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
The Viaje Oro Delicado’s draw seemed a bit loose in the beginning but it self corrects and then is pretty much perfect from there on out. The burn is mostly even, though now and again did need a touch-up when it hit a vein. The veins weren’t obvious from the appearance of the cigar but they do exist. All in all, though, the construction on the Viaje Oro Delicado is great. The cigar produces a nice amount of aromatic smoke.
Flavor : [rating:3.5/5]
One of the only reasons this isn’t a 4 out of 5 is that Viaje promoted this as a fuller-bodied cigar than it turned out to be. I’d say this is a medium-bodied cigar, and as one, it’s quite good. I just would’ve rather been clear on that before. The flavors are earthy and dominated by creamy cocoa and spice. There is an intriguing floral note as well which adds some uniqueness to what otherwise might be a less distinctive blend. I think the floral note in question is jasmine. I would’ve liked to see a little more development as well; this is not a cigar which evolves as you smoke it. The flavors are more or less the same from start to finish. Not that in this case that’s necessarily a bad thing.
Value : [rating:3.5/5]
This cigar is good for what it is—again, a medium bodied smoke, not a full-bodied smoke. I probably would’ve been more excited had the price been a couple dollars lower, but then again, it all comes down to what you enjoy.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
This is a pleasant smoke overall, and if you enjoy something which is medium-bodied, consistent from start to finish, and doesn’t throw a lot of curve balls in terms of flavor, you may really like the Viaje Oro Delicado. This cigar may also appeal to lady smokers with its floral notes and delicately designed logo.
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