This is a guest review by one of our winners of the holiday review contest we recently held. Dustin submitted this review and we all thought it was well written and he included good pictures to go with it. Without further adieu, here is the review of the Viaje 50/50 by Dustin!
I originally found this cigar when I recently walked into a local B&M and asked for a cigar that was the kind of thing that maybe I wouldn’t ordinarily try. I’ve always found I like a great number of different cigars so I am always looking forward to smoking cigars I’ve never had before. So a when a couple of other fellow customers in the shop overheard me, they quickly suggested the Viaje Fifty/Fifty Black Label. I was told that it was an excellent cigar with a “variety of really excellent flavors” so naturally I was curious and had to purchase one.
The cigar has a very consistent and smooth wrapper. Upon smelling it I noticed that earthy-alfalfa smell which in my experience, is a good indicator of good things to come. When inspecting the foot there were no visible stems or anything like that. However, I did notice that the end of the foot was slightly rectangular in shape which is something I have never seen before. The cut went well and my test draw was flawless.
Right away the spice of the wrapper hit my lips and as the smoke filled my mouth I felt my taste buds open right up to help me take in all the flavors this cigar had to offer. Upon every draw that initial spice that filled my mouth and hit my lips was always followed by a very smooth tasting and flavorful cream, almost a cappuccino taste. The creamy, almost cappuccino taste seemed to linger in my mouth for about 20 seconds before the slight taste of a nutty flavor kicked in. None of the flavors ever over powered each other and instead complemented each other in their own individually unique ways.
The burn during the first third was good for the first half-inch; however, after that it was all over the place to the point where, for a while I thought it might be necessary for me to do a touch up. The ash was also not as tight as I have come to expect from the average cigar. However, both the issues with the burn and the tightness of the ash were probably due to the fact that it was windy.
As I started on the second third of the Viaje Fifty/Fifty Black Label, I found that the burn started to recover itself and the ash began to tighten up. As I reached about 50% into the cigar, the flavors started to morph and transform on me. Initially I wasn’t sure what was happening as the flavors seemed to become stronger and at the same time much more complex.
Starting on the final third of this cigar, the flavor had undeniably completely changed from the flavors I was getting off it during the first 50% of the cigar. The creamy taste had become a creamy-sweet taste leaving behind its cappuccino taste. The spice became significantly lighter but just to the point where it was possible to still taste it, but not so much that it over powered the new creamy-sweet taste. I felt as though this cigar was talking to me… Telling me, “Hey I’m not just a spicy cigar with some cappuccino-like taste; I’ve got some sweetness in me too.”
All the way through I feel like this cigar, first and foremost, demonstrated its excellent build quality in the way it was able to bring its burn back nice and even. The Viaje Fifty/Fifty Black Label did not let the wind take its glory from its burn. The flavors were amazing, and in fact I even nubbed this cigar which I rarely do. The nub also tasted amazing by adding an earthy flavor to the sweetness introduced in the last 50% of the cigar.
The aftertaste also blew me away, and for me, what I taste in my mouth for the next hour or two is just as important as the taste while smoking my cigar. Some cigars are awesome but leave a terrible after taste a couple of hours later. The Viaje Fifty/Fifty left that same earthy, yet sweet taste in my mouth which I enjoyed for several hours after smoking the cigar. I liked the after taste so much that it was a massive disappointment when it went away later in the day.
Bottom line, this is an excellent cigar with amazing flavors and aromas, very good build quality and burn. This easily rates as one of the top cigars I have ever smoked and I highly recommend trying one.