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Cigar Review: Juntos from Viaje & Quesada Cigars

Cigar Review: Juntos from Viaje & Quesada Cigars

The Juntos project formerly referred to as Viaje Collaboration is the collaborative brainchild of Farkas and Hostos Fernandez Quesada of Quesada Cigars. The word Juntos means “together” in Spanish, and Farkas’s tin represents this sentiment both metaphorically and physically. “The Quesada factory is all about togetherness,” Farkas said.
Made at the Quesada Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic, the cigar blend consists of a Dominican Negrito wrapper, Dominican Criollo binder and a filler combination of Criollo ’98 and ligero tobacco from Nicaragua.
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Only 1,000 tins of 20 were available through Viaje Cigars at the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers trade show last July.  Although Farkas intends the Juntos 2016 tin to be purchased by consumers as a single, complete unit, he said it’s ultimately up to the retailers to decide if they want to sell it by the tin or one cigar at a time. Retailers were able to order a maximum of 10 tins at the 2016 IPCPR in Las Vegas NV.

 

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The Juntos come in 2 shapes, 10 Toro’s and 10 Torpedo’s both in a 6 x 54 size. Juntos is a Dominican puro, which marks a first for Viaje. According to Viaje President Andre Farkas, the concept of this series is that Viaje will collaborate with another member of the cigar industry “every year or so” to develop a cigar. 

 

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  •  APPEARANCE

The Dominican Negrito wrapper is dark brown in color with a slight marbleized look to it. The wrapper is gritty and rugged and oozing with oils. A light sheen is notable along with some pretty significant tooth, vein and seam. Two cigars come in an interconnected decorative tin, same blend and size, however different shapes Toro and Torpedo at 6 X 54. The label is matte black with “JUNTOS” in white solid font, along the sides on the left reads “VIAJE” on the right reads “QUESADA” rounding the back of the label reads “2016”. Along the top are two colors of gold and silver signifying together in a Celtic unity knot. The same design is on the Toro version the only difference being a white matte label with black font. The Torpedo version has a figurado shaped cap, the Toro is rounded, both vitolas have an open foot. Pre-light aroma had notes of warm chocolate, bread and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of earth and coffee grounds.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light flavors of strong dark roast coffee and chocolate. Light black pepper is producing a spicy element. Notes of leather and cedar are background flavors. Chocolate flavors are rotating from semi sweet to bitter dark. The coffee element is taking center stage at dominating levels. The retro is producing mild white pepper evolving into flavors of chocolate.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control burn the spicy element is in the form of a light dusting of black pepper. Upfront flavors are coffee and chocolate, the chocolate flavors are rotating from semi sweet to bitter dark and at times evolving into a flavor of warm brownies. Dark roast coffee has been present from first light with nuances of cedar and mild leather. The retro has kicked up a bit still producing white pepper evolving into flavors of coffee and chocolate.

  • FINAL THIRD

Into the final third the evolution of coffee and chocolate has been the core flavors since first light. Background flavors of charred cedar and mild leather. The flavors peaking my interest is the struggle between dark roast coffee and chocolate, the chocolate evolving from semi sweet to bitter dark, the flavors seem to be taking turns leading the way! Balanced and full of flavor. There are slight nuances of brownies or chocolate bread noted in between draws. A light dusting of black pepper is producing a mild spicy element. The retro has been consistent white pepper at mild levels producing a coffee and chocolate aftertaste.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

Construction of the JUNTOS was rustic looking but solid. Straight cuts on the Torpedoes and a v-cut on the Toro gave the perfect amount of milkshake type resistance producing large quantities of thick dense grayish white smoke. The burn line for the most part was straight producing a tight compact ash holding on past the inch point until being tapped off with no accidents to report. You could feel the heat from combustion off the cigars on your fingers as the vitolas seemed to burn hot, this did nothing to effect the integrity of flavors experienced from the examples smoked for review. The strength of the JUNTOS was in the sold HIGH MEDIUM bodied range with an array of full bodied flavors, most notable was the coffee and chocolate combo enjoyed throughout the entire smoking duration that seemed to produce a tug-of-war effect each fighting to stay on point and trying to out do each other in a concert of complex, balanced flavors that kept me pleasantly entertained from first light to final third. Highly recommended!

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Coffee
  • Chocolate, Bitter Dark, Semi Sweet
  • Black Pepper, Mild
  • Brownies, Chocolate Bread
  • Leather
  • Charred Cedar
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Coffee/Chocolate

 

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Cigars Purchased From: Boiling Springs Wine & Cigar

Cigars Smoked For Review: 4

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 6 x 54 (3 Torpedo) (1 Toro)

Wrapper: Dominican Negrito

Binder: Dominican Criollo

Filler: Criollo ’98 and ligero tobacco from Nicaragua

Made at the Quesada Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic

 

 

 

3 Responses to “Cigar Review: Juntos from Viaje & Quesada Cigars”

  • Rob Malgieri Rob Malgieri:

    Juntos from Viaje & Quesada Cigars
    Smoked the torpedo….

    First Light
    -Semisweet chocolate, pepper, cedar, coffee
    The roll is solidly packed as it gets and yet the draw is just right. Started out with semisweet chocolate that offered a hint of bitterness and a mild pepper. There is this battle going already between the chocolate and the coffee as they are almost morphing into one flavor.

    Cruise
    -Dark chocolate, coffee, cedar, cashew, pepper, subtle leather
    Any bitterness from first light is long gone. There really is a chocolate roller coaster going on here. One puff and it is semisweet, another puff and it is a sweeter dark chocolate, and sometimes it is a creamy milk chocolate. The pepper is really on the lighter side of the flavor profile, but the Juntos is still in the medium-plus strength range, even without a strong pepper punch. Ash is hanging on at close to three inches now inches, as I expected with such a firm roll. The deeper I get into the Juntos, the more I like it, and this is a direct result of the flavor evolution. FYI- halfway through and the ash is still hanging on. An inch from the band and it doesn’t even fall off when shaking it. Impressive.

    Final Third
    -Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, charred cedar, black pepper, leather
    I’m walking around with this cigar and the ash is still clinging. The Juntos is just getting better and better as I smoke it. Chocolate richness balanced perfectly with the roasted dark coffee and mild black pepper.

    Conclusion
    The Juntos is delicious like a chocolate candy bar. And, yes, there is a battle (or is it a melding?) of the chocolate variations and the coffee. The pepper is right where I like it; at just the right level to spice the flavors up without blowing out my taste buds. And what about the ash you ask? Two inches left to the cigar and the ash is still there….okay, it just fell off.

    I thought half way in this was a 91, maybe a 92. But as the Juntos developed, it just got better and even more complex. Medium-plus strength in a full-flavored package.

    Rating: 93

  • BIG ROB:

    I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS CIGAR AT FIRST SMOKE, IT’S A GREAT CIGAR, THE FLAVOR IS AWESOME, EASY DRAW, CHOCOLATE,PEPPER, SMOOTH, WHATEVER HAPPENS, DON’T STOP PRODUCING THIS CIGAR

  • Bob Langmaid:

    Well I just gotta have em’!

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