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Cigar Review: Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter Edición Limitada

Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter Edición Limitada

 

 

 

The Daisy Cutter was the very first release in the Skull and Bones line, it’s named after the bombs used in Vietnam to clear helicopter landing zones. This cigar makes a big bang as well! Originally it’s wrapper was a Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo and came with Nicaraguan binders and fillers.

The Skull & Bones line should absolutely be a staple for any cigar smoker who enjoys Viaje cigars, ample strength and delicious flavor, created with excellent tobaccos. Since 2010 they’ve been kicking asses and taking names.

Known for their strength, at one point even printing “You’ve Been Warned” on the box, you may overlook that these cigars have always been absolute flavor bombs.

 

 
A special version of one of Viaje Cigar’s most iconic releases is arriving at retailers now, The Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter Edición Limitada. This is a variation off the original Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter that features a San Andres Maduro wrapper as opposed to a Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo wrapper on the original.
 
The OG Daisy Cutter was a 4 x 54 petit robusto that would be the first release in Viaje’s Skull and Bones series back in 2010. That 2010 offering was the only time the Daisy Cutter was released. To this day, it is one of the most sought after cigars by Viaje cigar enthusiasts.
According to Viaje, the Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter Edición Limitada, will feature all Nicaraguan tobaccos complementing the San Andres Maduro wrapper. The cigars will be packaged in 25 count boxes. Andre Farkas says “What was already a powerhouse is now that much more” he also commented via his Instagram account “Not for the novice – BE WARNED”
 
 

 

DAISY CUTTER BOMB

The BLU-82B/C-130 weapon system, known under program “Commando Vault” and nicknamed “DAISY CUTTER” in Vietnam and in Afghanistan for its ability to flatten a section of forest into a helicopter landing zone, is a 15,000-pound (6,800 kg) conventional bomb, delivered from either a C-130 or an MC-130 transport aircraft. Two hundred and twenty-five were constructed.  The BLU-82 was retired in 2008 and replaced with the more powerful MOAB.

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

The short and chunky explosive cigar sports a San Andres Maduro wrapper. Oily, with minimal seam and vein it has an open foot and a rounded cap. Don’t let size of this bomb mislead you! Big explosions come in compact sizes and this cigar more than lives up to its name.

Originally released in 2010, the 2017 offering of Daisy Cutters is going to leave an impact of crater type proportions, making it sought after by Viaje fans and collectors everywhere. Two bands sit on the vitola with the primary being the recognizable “Skull and Bones” in matte black with white skull and crossbones.

The secondary band denotes “Edición Limitada” in red with a silver background. Pre light aroma had notes of hay, cocoa and dark chocolate brownies. The cold draw produced flavors of plain tea, raisins and natural tobacco. On to the review. Detonation time in 3..2..1..BOOM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light slight bitter orange peel mixed in with a light cocoa powder. Up front flavors of black coffee and bitter dark chocolate with nuances of woody char.

Background flavors of roasted chestnuts with a hint of light sesame oil. Upper level but not over powering black and red pepper felt all the way in the back of the throat. The retro produced quick blasts of white pepper evolving into flavors of chocolate and nougat.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Due to the short length of the Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter the transition into cruise control took less time than normal. Flavors of dark chocolate brownies, French roast coffee and black licorice are on point.

Background flavors of rich cedar and milk chocolate nougat are giving the vitola a distinct sweetness very notable in between draws. Spicy notes in the form of a medium level black pepper dusting, mostly noted in between draws are giving the cigar a long spicy semi-sweet finish.

The white pepper on the retro has increased with an upper level eye squinting blasts right through the nose evolving into flavors of bitter dark chocolate.

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final duration the core flavors of dark French roast coffee, baked brownies and black licorice are on point and dominant. Background flavors of roasted walnuts and salted cashews with nuances of sweet milk chocolate have been consistent since cruise control.

The core flavors are quite dominant, the aforementioned sweet and salty flavors are most notable in between draws, however balancing in perfectly.

Oily upper level black pepper is keeping the Daisy Cutter FULL bodied and seems to be increasing in the final duration. The retro hasn’t let up one bit still producing full doses of white pepper evolving into flavors of rich dark chocolate.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

Construction on the DC was about as flawless as you can get, you could have thrown this against the wall several times and it wouldn’t have effected the roll. Tightly packed, it had the perfect amount of milkshake type resistance producing a grey and black compact ash that would have held the entire duration. The burn line was straight with zero re lights required.

The cigar did burn slightly hotter in the final duration due to the short length of the vitola. The strength of the Viaje Daisy Cutter Edición Limitada was in the FULL BODIED wheelhouse that started upper MEDIUM and continued to crescendo after first light.

The strength and taste was perfectly balanced with a peppery, chocolaty core with black licorice and coffee throughout the entire smoking duration with a long sweet and spicy finish from first light to final third.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Bitter Orange Peel/Light Cocoa Powder
  • Black French Roast Coffee
  • Bitter Dark Chocolate
  • Roasted Chestnuts/Walnuts/Salted Cashews
  • Light Sesame Oil
  • Chocolate Brownies
  • Black Licorice
  • Milk Chocolate Nougat
  • Oily Red/Black Pepper
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Dark/Milk Chocolate/Nougat

 


Cigars for review: Purchased (Box) 5-pack

Cigars Smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 90

Size: 4 x 54 (Petit Robusto)

Wrapper: San Andres Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

 

 

 

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