Monday, April 13, 2009

Viaje Oro Cigar Review

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I last smoked a Viaje Oro back in August of last year. It was a toro sized cigar which I found very enjoyable, with distinctive Nicaraguan Crillo flavor. This time around I had the chance to smoke the corona size (44 by 5.5") called the "Chico", courtesy of my favorite retailer, Silo Cigars.

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The Chico had a neatly rolled appearance with near invisible seams. The cap was immaculate and the wrapper was gorgeous in color, with dark brown mottling over a reddish brown background. The cigar felt smooth to the touch and evenly packed throughout. The cigar gave off a cedary aroma at the foot and some earthiness along it's body.

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After clipping the cigar with a guillotine cutter, the resulting draw was not plugged but very firm. In fact, too firm for my taste. After lighting the cigar, the Viaje Chico gave off a pleasant room note which can be characterized as warm and spicy. My husband commented that, "it was what a good cigar should smell like". Unfortunately, the limited draw produced a wimpy volume of smoke which forced me to take small "sips". Luckily each sip was rich and flavorful otherwise I would have been tempted to throw the cigar in the compost pile.

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The initial flavor was dark coffee and cinnamon that was slightly sweet along with a distinctive Nicaraguan Criollo flavor. Eventually the flavors become more harmonious with notes of cedar blending in with the coffee, for a nice sweet, spicy and tart treat. The finish is long and smooth with no signs of bitterness.

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The Viaje Oro is available in five sizes and come in boxes of 20. Viaje also makes a cigar using a Corojo 99 wrapper which is more medium bodied called the Platino. All their cigars are Nicaraguan puros. I recommend you give the Viaje Oro a try to experience a deliciously smooth Criollo cigar. Although, you may want to smoke the larger ring gauges to ensure a better, more relaxing draw.

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