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Short Cuts: Viaje Super Shot

Viaje Super Shot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired by Viaje owner Andre Farkas and his love for skeet shooting, the Viaje Super Shot comes in two sizes that mirror the dimensions of actual shotgun shells and was designed to be a quick smoke that can be enjoyed during short breaks. Trust me these fat little smokes are full in flavor, and handmade to the highest standards. As with most Viaje releases, these are short run and disappear fast.

 

 

The Super Shot line has been an annual release from Viaje. Inspired by the shotgun shell size, and box that the cartridges come in, these full bodied full shotgun shells are Nicaraguan Puros, rich, and worth every minute of the smoke. Viaje announced that it will ship both Super Shot 10 Gauge (3 1/2 x 54) and 12 Gauge (3 1/4 x 52). The company has not specified whether these will be released in the Corojo or Criollo blend, or whether it will be a new blend altogether. I did some asking around the community and the consensus is a Nicaraguan Criollo wrapper.

UPDATE: Wrapper is Criollo 98 confirmed by Andre Farkas.

 

APPEARANCE

The Nicaraguan Criollo 98 wrapper is coffee bean in color. Dark and oily, the Viaje Super Shot has minimal tooth, vein and is almost seamless. About the size of a shot gun shell it packs quite a bang! Available in both 12 Gauge and 10 Gauge it’s a yearly release that fits perfectly into Viaje’s explosive portfolio. Sans band the vitola has a rounded triple cap with an unfinished footer, it comes in a square shot gun shell cardboard box containing 25 vitolas. Pre light aroma had notes of aged cedar, coffee grounds and chocolate. Due to the unfinished footer there was significant resistance on the cold draw producing minimal flavors of leather and cedar.

 

 

FIRST LIGHT

  • As the footer burns off there is a blast of cayenne pepper with thorns on it
  • Strong black coffee/espresso
  • Black licorice
  • Bitter notes/leather/Orange peel
  • Black Pepper/Full, felt in the back of the throat
  • Retro producing Black pepper corn, minimal evolution of coffee

CRUISE CONTROL BURN

  • Cuban coffee/espresso
  • Bitter dark chocolate
  • Black licorice
  • Charred cedar
  • Black pepper/Full
  • Black pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of black coffee

FINAL THIRD

  • Brown sugar char
  • Leather
  • Burnt walnuts
  • Espresso/Black
  • Thick maple sweetness
  • Zero decrease in black pepper/full
  • Retro producing upper level black pepper evolving into flavors of coffee

CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

  • Solid construction
  • Tight compact grey ash holding past the inch point
  • Heavy resistance initially until the unfinished footer burns off (seconds)
  • A few re lights required in the final third, grab a nub tool
  • Burn line razor sharp
  • Strength of the Viaje Super Shot OUTER LIMITS FULL

SUGGESTED PAIRINGS

 

CONCLUSION

The Viaje Super shot took off upon ignition and went outer limits of FULL. It produced a myriad of thick flavors all in excess of FULL BODIED PLUS with heavy doses of nicotine. Although the cigar was a flavor bomb, it lacked balance due to a minimal transition time as the vitola continued to crescendo from first light to final third. Not for the novice smoker and recommended after a heavy meal. Andre Farkas has once again pushed the boundaries to the fuller side of the spectrum, step up to the plate, lock and load if you dare and remember if you happen to get “Zombie Farmer Bill Hatchet” in your crosshairs one in the head keeps ’em dead

 

 


 

  • CIGARS FOR REVIEW: PURCHASED (BOX 12 GUAGE) 10 ASSORTED 10/12 GAUGE
  • CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: 5
  • CIGAR SMOKE REATE: 89
  • SIZE: 3 1/4 x 52 (12 GAUGE)
  • WRAPPER: NICARAGUAN CRIOLLO 98
  • BINDER: NICARAGUAN
  • FILLER: NICARAGUAN

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