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Cigar Review: Farmer Bill Hatchet (Zombie)

Farmer Bill Hatchet (Zombie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmer Bill Hatchet is a special Thanksgiving limited release that is part of Viaje’s Zombie themed releases. For 2016 the Farmer Bill Hatchet is a 5 1/2 x 54 box-pressed Robusto Extra. The previous iterations of the Farmer Bill Hatchet had been 7 x 52 box-press in 25 ct.

boxes. The Viaje Farmer Bill Hatchet is now packaged in 30 count boxes – each containing six 5-packs. The cigar uses Nicaraguan criollo wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and fillers. The 100% AGANORSA leaf cigar is made at Fábrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S.A de R.L. in Danli, Honduras.

 

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There is an on-going story that ties several of his blends together. The story goes that Viaje WMD (Weapon Mass Destruction) explodes. Because of radiation from the explosion, people end up mutating into “Zombies“.  The Zombie Super Shot helps arm people for what Farkas calls the “Zombie Apocalypse”.  

The only way to cure the Zombies is with the Zombie Antidote. We shall soon learn how Farmer Bill Hatchet fits into the story. Was he bit by an infected Turkey? Only Andre Farkas knows, Perhaps next year the Viaje “Stuffed Turkeys” will be infected with the Zombie virus and in a strange twist of fate the infected Turkey’s could be serving us next Thanksgiving.

 

 

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  • APPEARANCE

Something has happened to Farmer Bill Hatchet, he’s been infected by the zombie virus! Infected turkeys? Anyone’s guess. The FBH Zombie is a box pressed offering from the king of holiday themed releases, Viaje. The vitola has an unfinished foot with a rounded cap. Toothy with notable seam and vein the color reminds me of wet potato skin with some notable discoloration.

The single band on the vitola has our Farmer Bill in Zombie form eating someone’s leg wearing Chuck Taylor’s! Green skinned with half his brain exposed dressed in overalls with a checked shirt. Under the chubby undead Farmer reads “VIAJE” and “FARMER BILL HATCHET” the story goes that we get the Viaje “Stuffed Turkey’s” from the axe of Farmer Bill, don’t eat the turkeys this year as they are non existent unless you stocked up last year on dark or white meat, infected Zombie Turkey’s next Thanksgiving? We can only hope.

Pre-light aroma had notes of chocolate brownies at the foot area, the rest of the cigar produced a muted aroma of cedar. The cold draw produced some mega resistance due to the closed foot and had notes of sweet tea, leather and natural tobacco.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Resistance is noted until the unfinished foot burns off, flavors of bitter char, chocolate, smoked cherrywood chips and creamy nougat. Black pepper experienced on all portions of the palate at a higher medium level. The retro is producing full black pepper evolving into flavors of chocolate.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

The black pepper from first light has mellowed into a mild level allowing the sweet flavors of the FBH to take point. Black coffee, dark chocolate and roasted nuts with nuances of mocha and a hint of burnt maple. The retro is still producing respectable levels of black pepper evolving into flavors of chocolate.

  • FINAL THIRD

Into the final third the FBH is still producing a consistent sweetness of dark chocolate, coffee bean and burnt maple/cinnamon. Roasted walnuts are adding to the hearty flavors of the cigar.

The vitola is producing an aftertaste of sweet flavors with a muted black pepper that has me licking my lips! As the cigar burns in it’s final duration the aforementioned flavors stay complex and balanced for a long sweet and semi spicy finish. The retro has kicked up with full throttle black pepper but still evolving to flavors of chocolate.

“The vitola is producing an aftertaste of sweet flavors with a muted black pepper that has me licking my lips”

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

The construction on all cigars smoked for review were solid, no palpable soft spots or construction issues. The burn line was razor sharp with zero re-lights required, a few times I set the cigar down only to come back several minutes later finding the foot still smoldering. The draw was tight for only a few seconds until the unfinished foot burned off creating a wide open draw which produced an abundance of aroma filled smoke. The ash was dark grey in color and held tight until tapped off.

The strength of the Farmer Bill Hatchet was in the upper MEDIUM bodied to FULL range with a complex array of FULL and balanced flavors. Farmer Bill Hatchet is now a Zombie, he’s been sticking his axe in places he shouldn’t have and has been infected with the zombie virus, his mistake is our good fortune as Viaje hits it out of the park with another stellar holiday release.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Coffee Bean
  • Mocha
  • Roasted Walnuts
  • Creamy Nougat
  • Burnt Maple/Cinnamon
  • Black Pepper (Medium)
  • Black Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Chocolate

 

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Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 90

Size: 7 x 52 (Box Press)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Cigars Produced At: Fábrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S.A de R.L. in Danli, Honduras.

 

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HAS TOAR BEEN INFECTED BY THE ZOMBIE VIRUS? CHECK OUT THE MOVIE “THE FLESH KEEPER” AND FIND OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toar

Toar

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untapped @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
Toar

3 Responses to “Cigar Review: Farmer Bill Hatchet (Zombie)”

  • Bob Langmaid:

    Great review! I love the story… but I’d REALLY love to experience this blend!!

  • Marc Lambert:

    Love your reviews! Is this review for the new vitola (5.5×54) or the old one (7×52)? Are the blends the same?

  • Toar:

    This is in the Robusto format. The blend looks to be identical to the previous releases using a Nicaragua Criollo wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler. This year the only difference is the size format. Glad to hear you enjoy our reviews, stay tuned for more contests coming in the future! Smooth draws and long ashes

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