Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Super Shot 10 GA.

Viaje Zombie Super Shot 10 GA.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Viaje has announced that it will be shipping the 2017 edition its Zombie Super Shot in March. The Zombie Super Shot made its debut in 2013. The line combines elements from two different Viaje lines.  
 
The blend itself is based off the Viaje Zombie blend, but the cigar is released in the 10 gauge size (3 1/4 x 54) of popular Viaje’s Super Shot line.
 
 
 
 
 
Since 2013, the Zombie Super Shot has been an annual Spring release for Viaje. As for details of what exactly the “Zombie blend” is, it has never quite been disclosed, although typically it has been a Nicaraguan puro.
 
While specifics on the 2017 have also not been disclosed. As in the past, the Zombie Super Shot 2017 is available in 25 count boxes.
 
It was in early 2012, when Viaje launched its Super Shot series. The name for the Super Shot comes from brand founder Andre Farkas and his interest in clay shooting. Farkas was hoping to create a short smoke while taking a break in between shooting. The cigars are shaped and sized similar to a shotgun shell.
 
Viaje wants to continue arming you in the fight against zombies. The cigar is shaped just like a 10-gauge shotgun shell and even comes in a shotgun shell themed box. Smoke ’em, or shoot them at the Zombies it’s your choice, but I would probably smoke them. As with most Viaje releases, these are short run and disappear fast.
 
 
VIAJE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL PACK
  
  • APPEARANCE

The Zombie shot gun shell vitolas wrapper is milk chocolate brown in color with darker marbleization in a few areas. An unfinished foot with a rounded cap there is light seam, vein and minimal tooth.

Sans band let’s talk about the packaging, brilliant marketing it’s boxed in something that looks like you grabbed it off the shelf at the rifle range at the gun club. The box is yellow in color with a green “Z” with “SUPERSHOT” across.

It has some red blood spatter and the top reads “HIGH” “VELOCITY” with “Viaje” in the middle in cursive font.

The bottom of the box reads SHOTGUN SHELLS 100% NICARAGUAN LONG LEAF HAND MADE • SUPER PREMIUM TRIPLE CAPPED • FULL STRENGTH. The back of the box has a rotting zombie in yellow and grey taking one to the middle of the forehead complete with blood spatter. 

Pre light aroma had notes of barnyard, earth chocolate. The cold draw had slight resistance due to the unfinished footer but produced flavors of hay, wood shavings and a hint of floral.

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light only slight resistance from the closed footer, there was an immediate flavor of rich dark chocolate and coffee laced with black pepper corn. A spicy coating on the palate and throat is lingering in between draws.

Background flavors of raisins, sweet cedar and hints of milk chocolate gives the Zombie Super Shot an extra long sweet and spicy finish. I’m swallowing saliva that’s coating my throat with a mild peppery burning sensation. The retro is producing a heavy dose white pepper right through my nose evolving into a flavor of black cherries.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control consistent flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and pepper. Background flavors of rich cedar chips, dried fruit and nuances of milk chocolate.

The previously reviewed Viaje Super Shot kicked my ass!  In comparison, The Zombie Super Shot has my taste buds on alert with heavy doses of sweet peppery flavors that are amazing thus far and I’m only half way through. The retro has decreased slightly with clean white pepper evolving into flavors of black cherries and raisins.

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final third the core flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and upper level black pepper have been consistent and on point.

Background flavors of dried fruit, raisins, rich smoked cedar chips with nuances of cocoa bean and mocha giving the ZSS a long sweet and spicy finish with a cayenne pepper aftertaste and a sweetness on the lips in between draws.

The retro is producing full level white pepper evolving into flavors of black cherries and raisins. 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

The construction on the Viaje Zombie Super Shot was solid, seconds of slight resistance on the unfinished footer opened up into a wide open draw throughout. The whitish ash was tight and compact with a minimal jagged burn line. The long leaf filler remained combustible throughout requiring zero re lights.

The strength of the VZSS was in the upper MEDIUM to FULL bodied wheelhouse that produced core flavors of chocolate, coffee and a balance of black pepper that was an absolute pleasure to smoke. Small batch means limited time, so grab what you can when you can, released last month they’ve already sold out and are listed as backordered! Prepare to pay above and beyond with after market prices. 

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Coffee
  • Chocolate Dark/Milk
  • Coffee/Black
  • Black Pepper/Pepper Corn/Med/Full
  • Rich Cedar Chips
  • Dried Fruit
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Clean White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Black Cherries/Rasins

 


Cigars For Review: Purchased ( Box 10 GA. )

Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

Cigar Smoke Rate: 92

Size: 3 1/4 x 54 ( Petite Robusto )

Wrapper: N/A

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

News Source: Cigar Coop

 
 
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One Response to “Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Super Shot 10 GA.”

  • Rob Malgieri Rob Malgieri:

    The packaging and theme are awesome! Hitting the outer range of medium-full strength. Flavors are great and draw & construction are perfect. Nice charred wood coming through in all the best ways. And the cherry notes offsetting/balancing all of that pepper.
    Spot on review and I agree with the 92.

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