Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Viaje Delicado (toro)

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The Viaje Delicado is as it's name seems to imply, "delicate". After having my taste buds bombarded recently by some very full flavored smokes, I was really enjoying the floral quality of this medium to full bodied cigar.

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Viaje is a boutique cigar company which uses the same Tabacos Puros de Nicaragua factory as the makers of Joya de Nicaragua. I tasted my first Joya de Nicaragua cigar a few weeks ago when I was in Ocean City, Maryland and was really blown away by it's smoothness and great taste. So now, anything related to Joya de Nicaragua, I'm very anxious to try.

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The Viaje lives up to it's company's philosophy of quality over quantity. I found no flaws in it's construction. It's Nicaraguan Criollo wrapper is nice and oily and exhibits a slight toothy appearance. The aroma is very pleasant with notes of cedar and earth and the foot of the cigar shows some floral character. The cigar feels nicely packed and the pre-light draw was a bit firm with notes of cedar and tobacco being detected.

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The Delicado is a traditional 50 by 6 inch toro. This cigar is also available in four other sizes and ranges in price from $4.60 to $5.70. (My prices are based on the ones I found on Silo cigars website.) I truly feel you get your money's worth with this cigar.

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The cigar starts off very nice with a sweetness and spiciness that lets you know you can relax and enjoy this one. It was also creamy and had a floral character which was really interesting. I've had Criollo wrapped cigars before like J. Fuego naturals and Defiance cigars. I think it's great how different blends can make the cigar taste so unique. What wasn't unique was the nice spice on the finish and the very distinctive "Criollo taste" which I am really starting to love.

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The cigar burned fairly evenly throughout with a medium burn zone producing a flaky gray ash. The ash, while "soft" looking, actually held on well until I was ready to tap it off. The aroma of the smoke was pleasant and you get an overall good feeling when you don't have to fight with burn issues. The cigar had a nice medium body and medium level of flavor in the first half of the cigar. Then, towards the last third, it barely creeps over the line into full. The second third showed more complexity with the floral notes changing over into a rich Criollo tobacco flavor and slight coffee taste with a caramel and spicy finish. The spiciness took a nice upswing and you do get a little tickle to the back of the throat which was not harsh at all. Then the cigar exhibited a leathery body and continued getting richer along with a red wine finish, towards the last few inches remaining. The draw did get noticeably tighter in the last third and was starting to pick up some heat, so I laid it to rest with about two inches remaining.

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Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable cigar. I think it's smooth enough to be enjoyed at any time during the day and night. If you want to taste a nice balanced cigar with a Nicaraguan Criollo wrapper then I would highly recommend this cigar.

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Note:

Kevin over at Silo Cigars tipped me off that some customers had problems with poor draws with the corona sized cigar known as the "Chico". He suggested trying the larger gauge cigars to lessen the chances of having this problem. My own observation is that you should try smoking the cigar even though the pre-light draw seems tight. When I lit up the cigar I found the draw was actually fine even though it had some resistance. I was still able to generate adequate amounts of smoke and enjoy the cigar. But, if you are really struggling with the draw and cursing the cigar, Silo, like all reputable cigar stores, will replace or refund you the cost of the cigar.

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