Viaje is one of the newer companies in the cigar market, and this year they have began a new limited edition Holiday Blend series. The inaugural 2009 version is limited to a production of 100 boxes of 30 cigars. This full bodied Nicaraguan puro features a luscious Criollo wrapper and all Nicaraguan tobacco with a covered foot, which the company says is to keep the cigars warm in the winter. I tested that by smoking this the day after Maryland got its biggest December snow storm in history.
I popped the cap on a magnum of Anchor Brewing Company Christmas Ale. In its 35th year, the Special Ale is new every year, and is available from November until mid-January. Unfortunately, the camera locked up on me in the last segment, and I had to record an ending later on, sans cigar.
Also in the video I have a new product announcement from Viaje. Andre Farkas, the owner of the company, had a cigar made just for him. After handing it out at a few events, and receiving positive feedback, it was released in small quantities to 2 Viaje retailers. The response to that was so big Viaje is putting the new cigar out as the Viaje Exclusivo, at the end of January/early-February time frame. One hundred jars of 35 cigars will be produced, and will be available at preferred Viaje retailers. . It measures in at 4-7/8″ x 50, and has a pigtail triple cap. Viaje sent a couple of the new sticks my way, and I’ll have a review of them up shortly before they hit shelves early next year.
Name: Viaje Holiday Blend 2009
Company: Viaje Cigars
Made in: Nicaragua
Comes in: Boxes of 30
Vitolas: Robusto (5″ x 54)