Cigar Review: Viaje 50/50 Red Label

Viaje is one of those cigars that I don’t see many places but when I run across them I always manage to pick some up. I believe the first place I ever saw them was at Little Taste of Cuba in Princeton, NJ after hearing about them for months on the cigar forums. Sadly more people do not know about the brand and I wish finding them was a little bit easier.

Thankfully I got my hands on some at the Twitter BOTL Cocktail Hour in New Orleans as Viaje was nice enough to donate some to the event.

The idea of the 50/50 is placing of two blends within one cigar. The first creation, the 50/50 Black was full and fuller, while this red is supposed to be more of a balanced smoke. The cigar comes in 3 sizes and are called the No. 1 (5.6 x 46), No. 2 (6 x 50), and No. 3 (7 x 47). Each cigar is a Nicaraguan Puro.

Cigar: Viaje 50/50 Red Label
Size: 5.6 x 46 (No. 1/Corona)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Twitter: N/A
Facebook: Viaje Cigars
Official Site: http://www.viajecigars.com/

Appearance and Construction: A gorgeous looking reddish brown wrapper¬† that has a nice amount of oils showing. The Corojo ’99 has no veins and a gorgeous roll right down to its pig tail cap. The cigars has a red and gold band that I will be honest is quite hard on the eyes. There is a nice weight to this corona sized cigar with no soft spots and a well packed foot.

Flavor & Notes: Prior to lighting up the cigar had some delicious notes of cocoa and a faint cedar. Once the cigar is lit there is some nice wood notes from the first light along with some spice. As we work through the first half of the cigar the notes of cedar, and nuts are the primary notes here but every now and then I get some warm spices through the nose that are a cinnamon/nutmeg but it is far and few between. The notes on the first half are dry, so make sure to have a beverage handy. As the cigar begins to transition to the 2nd half the tease of cinnamon I experienced the first half becomes more dominant with a hint of cocoa along for the ride. The cigar finishes with some cocoa and leather on the finish and picks up in strength.

Smoking Characteristics: The dark gray ash on this stick held on exceptionally well as it didn’t fall off til I smoked about 60% of the cigar. Sadly when I removed the label the ash wound up on the floor much to the dismay of the kid working at my local tobacconist as he had to break out the broom. The draw was idea and the cigar didn’t produce a lot of smoke but it did have a nice hearty aroma.

Conclusion: I know many people didn’t like the Black Label 50/50 and to be honest I never tried one as I never came across it but but that being said the 50/50 Red is a deliscious smoke with a nice body and medium strength. The second half is my favorite half and since this cigar is 2 blends in one smoke I am going to give it a double rating to reflect the first half/second half and to piss off the people who hate I give my cigars a score doubly so. In the past I was worried about what people thought of the site and what have you. Not anymore and to quote a good friend, “if they don’t like your methods let them start their own”.

Rating: 87/90
Price: $9.00

Disclaimer: I got some of the samples for review at the Twitter BOTL Cocktail hour and as always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.