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Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Biohazard Green

Viaje Zombie Biohazard Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2011, the company released the first annual release of its Viaje Zombie blend. From 2011 to 2015, Zombie has also been one of the company’s most limited releases, usually only going to about two to four retailers.

In 2016, the Zombie line was once again released but this time it appeared more widespread among Viaje retailers.

The box-pressed Viaje Zombie Biohazard would take the place of the ultra-limited Viaje Zombie in 2016 as it would only go to two retailers. The Viaje Zombie Biohazard was released in two blends, Green, Criollo and Red Maduro.

 

WORLD WAR “V” VIAJE ZOMBIE BIOHAZARD

 

For 2017, Viaje followed a similar model, releasing the Viaje Zombie 2017 in a more widespread model and the Viaje Zombie Biohazard going to two retailers.

According to Viaje, the Biohazard is a tweaked version of the Viaje Zombie blend and utilizes different percentages of Criollo and Corojo. Like last year, the two blends of the Viaje Zombie Biohazard 2017 are a 5 x 52 Perfecto with a tapered foot.

 

  • APPEARANCE

The wrapper of the Viaje Zombie Biohazard green is light milk chocolate in color, the red is slightly darker from the dissimilar wrapper. Rolled in the perfecto format the vitola has a tapered unfinished foot with a rounded cap.

Almost seamless it has minimal tooth with notable vein. The VZBH Green uses a Criollo wrapper while the Red utilizes a Maduro, differentiated by the primary label reading “ZOMBIE” in wicked font colored in green on a glossy black background. Both blends use the universal symbol for Biohazard materials in bright yellow.

Pre light aroma had notes of cedar, black cherries and barnyard. The cold draw had resistance from the unfinished footer, but produced flavors of corn bread and floral spice.

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

Slight resistance until the unfinished foot burns off. Upon combustion flavors of dark chocolate, black coffee, creamy leather and dried fruit.

The spicy element is in the form of medium to full black pepper leaving a continuous coating of spice on the front to back palate, active during and in between draws. White pepper/full with a sting to the nostrils on the retro, too strong for any evolution of flavor.

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Black Coffee
  • Leather
  • Dried Fruit
  • Black Pepper/Med

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control intensified flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate, orange peel and thick maple char. Early morning on an empty stomach might have been a mistake as the VZBH upper level black pepper is being felt all the way down to the stomach.

Background flavors of dark dried fruit in the form of black cherries and raisins are taking a slight edge off the black to red pepper with nuances of sweetness. The retro is still producing a sting of white pepper tapering off into flavors of rich caramel.

  • Black Coffee
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Orange Peel
  • Maple Char
  • Dried Fruit/Black Cherries/Raisins
  • Black/Red Pepper

 

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final third the Viaje Zombie Biohazard throttled back to let the core flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and dried fruit of black cherries and raisins to take point. Background flavors of maple, charred cedar and root beer spice are adding a nuance of sweetness to the blend.

Black pepper has decreased to straight medium leaving a continuous spice covering the lips and palate actively during and in between draws allowing a long sweet and spicy finish. The retro has been a continuous assault on the nostrils with upper level white pepper evolving into flavors of black cherries and caramel.

  • Coffee/Black
  • Chocolate/Dark
  • Dried Fruit/Black Cherries/Raisins
  • Maple/Rich
  • Cedar/Char
  • Root Beer Spice
  • White Pepper/Full with an assault on the nostrils evolving into flavors of Black Cherries and Caramel

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

CONSTRUCTION: Excellent, no palpable soft spots or blemishes in the wrapper. Tight compact roll

BURN: Razor sharp throughout the smoking duration

ASH: Solid Pyramid grey/dark ash holding past cruise control, tapped off with ease

CUT: V Cut all examples

DRAW: Wide open effortless draw

RE LIGHTS: Zero on 6 examples. Perfect Combustion

STRENGTH: Upper FULL bodied

 

  • CONCLUSION

This was a fun cigar to smoke, in the many products I’ve had from Viaje this one took on a life of its own. I’ve smoked about 6 example between the red/green with very dissimilar experiences with both.  I’m guessing the binder and fillers are identical, the wrappers create the big difference.

The VZBH Green started out upper medium, and like a flesh eating Zombie took off in search of food and went upper FULL. There were distinctive intensities throughout the smoking duration. The transition was complex and balanced with core flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate and black pepper with an assault on the nostrils with upper level white pepper.

Nuances of dried fruit sweetness gave the VZBH an extra long sweet and very spicy finish. The Zombie Green was smoked at different hours of the day but found it most satisfying in the A.M. on a clean palate and empty stomach you can really feel the effects of the tobacco contents to the fullest, but now looking forward to evening pairings of whatever I throw at it.

 


Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 6 (3 Red/3 Green) Cigar reviewed Green

Cigar Smoke Rate: 92

Size: 5 x 52 (Perfecto)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo

Binder: Undisclosed

Filler: Undisclosed

Country of origin: Undisclosed

News Source: Cigar Coop

 

 

 

 

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