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Cigar Review: Viaje Full Moon 2016 Collector’s Edition

Viaje Full Moon 2016 Collector’s Edition

 

The Collector’s Edition Viaje Full Moon cigar is the newest seasonal release by Andre Farkas and his boutique brand. Known for their small batch methods, they chose to introduce a fresh line-up to coincide with their annual October Skull and Bones release event. While the distribution is minimal, reviewers and fans of Viaje were excited to get their hands on one of their own.

 

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PHOTO CREDIT: VIAJE FB PAGE

 

The Viaje Full Moon was introduced in 2013. The cigar was a 5 x 58 Nicaraguan puro. The Full Moon returned in 2014 and 2015. Last year, there was also a very limited second Full Moon cigar known the Viaje Full Moon Edicion Limitada. This cigar would feature a maduro wrapper (as opposed to a natural wrapper) in the 5 x 58 format and was only shipped to five retailers.

 

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Spanish for “Journey,” Viaje has been built on the concept that a higher quality product is far superior to aiming for mass quantities. Farkas believes that in order to present reliable smokes to their loyal customers, the brand must employ their tobaccos in moderation. That is exactly what has been accomplished with this fall introduction out of their Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras. The Viaje Full Moon Collector’s Edition will be a 6 x 56 Toro size. It will also feature an oversized pig-tail cap with an unfinished foot. The round boxes have been replaced by 24 count rectangular offerings. 

 

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Previous Viaje Collectors Editions:

  • Viaje Oro Collectors Edition
  • Viaje Exclusivo Double Edged Sword II Collectors Edition
  • Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Silver/Gold Collectors Edition

 

  • APPEARANCE

The wrapper on the Viaje Full Moon is dark brown, however in the sunlight it transforms into a marbleized shade of tanned leather with notable tooth, seam and vein. As in previous years, the 2016 release has an unfinished foot with new rough looking longer pigtail cap. The cigar is this years Collectors Edition for Viaje and comes in a 6 x 56 Toro, along with the new size the packaging has changed to 25 count rectangular boxes. The primary label as in past years has artwork worthy of a Tim Burton Halloween movie. Black and grayish with harvest colors, the background scene has an equally wicked Scarecrow with a dimly lit barn and grain silo in the middle of a pumpkin patch with an ominous looking forrest in the background. When two vitolas are placed together they create an evil looking Jack O’ Lantern with the words “FULL MOON” in wicked looking font. The secondary label is on the foot colored in black with silver and white accents indicating this release as a Viaje Collector’s Edition. Pre-light aroma had notes of chocolate and nuts, the cold draw had resistance due to the unfinished foot but produced flavors of earth and sweet natural tobacco.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light there is slight resistance due to the unfinished footer, however it opens right up after igniting. First flavors of slight char and leather. Sweet flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and all spice. I may be falling into my own psychology of a cigar but the flavors are very reminiscent of Fall. Black pepper is present at medium plus, the retro is producing a full dose of white pepper evolving into flavors of milk chocolate.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control burn I’m noticing the pleasant spice of black pepper notable on the lips and palate in between draws. Cinnamon has amped up a bit balancing in with the dark chocolate and coffee. Leather and malt have appeared as background flavors. The black pepper has decreased to minimal levels most notable on the aftertaste. A slight decrease in white pepper on the retro evolving into distinct flavors of rich milk chocolate.

  • FINAL THIRD

The Viaje Full Moon wakes up in the final third with intensified flavors of dark roast coffee or raw coffee grounds. Dark chocolate with a woody char are notable. Background flavors of earth, charred cinnamon and a nutty element in the form of roasted walnuts have appeared in the flavor profile. The retro has now evolved from white to black pepper producing flavors of rich dark chocolate.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

Construction on all three examples smoked for review performed flawless, the second example had a slight uneven burn on one side but quickly corrected itself without touch ups needed. The draw was perfect other than the minimal resistance noted at first light due to the unfinished footer. Plumes of creamy white smoke was produced on the v-cut filling the air with pleasant Fall aromas. The ash held past the inch point, although loose and my shirt paid the price on several occasions as it fell off with ease. The strength of the Viaje Full Moon was in the solid upper MEDIUM BODIED strength that times moved into FULL but quickly decreased. The vitola was balanced and full of flavors, one never overpowering the other producing a long sweet and spicy finish. The 2016 Viaje Full Moon Collector’s Edition takes the top mark in the seasonal release from the small batch company, sure to be a favorite among Viaje fans and aficionados I would classify as box worthy.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Coffee
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • All Spice
  • Leather/Earth
  • Woody Char
  • Roasted Walnuts
  • Medium Black Pepper
  • White/Black Pepper on the retro producing flavors of Milk Chocolate

 

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Cigars Purchased From: Boiling Springs Wine & Cigar

Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 94

Size: 6 x 56 (Toro)

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Cigars Produced: Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras

News Source: Cigar Coop, Serious Cigars

 

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2 Responses to “Cigar Review: Viaje Full Moon 2016 Collector’s Edition”

  • Rob Malgieri Rob Malgieri:

    Best retro ever….pepper and milk chocolate. The pepper increases from first light into the first third and leaves a bite on the tongue. The lingering finish is spectacular with malt, leather, clove and a subtle sweetness.

    Into the second third, the Full Moon is now at the upper end of medium and bouncing off of strong. Pepper is up a bit with coffee, chocolate, leather, a nice a earthiness and malt that is just balancing it all out. Toar mentioned cinnamon, and that could be the sweet/spicy that I am tasting.

    At the halfway point, and the pepper has backed off and the Full Moon is right at medium. Retro is still a milk chocolate candy bar.

    Final third—just as Toar outlined—dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, and charred wood are the prominent flavors. The flavors are deepening, as noted with the chocolate and coffee shift to “dark” and the charred wood. Malt is still present on the finish and the retro is white pepper, cinnamon and dark chocolate.

    What a great smoke. Rich, deep in flavors, nice transitions, a perfect draw, the Viaje Full Moon is most definitely a great cigar.

    My rating: 93

  • Bob Langmaid:

    Happy Halloween!!

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