January 22, 2017

Viaje Friends and Family Edicion Limitada Le Joueur (5 x 52)

Video review HERE.

The Viaje Friends and Family line was originally designed as a blend by Viaje President Andre Farkas as a personal blend for himself and people he was close to. The line was released for the first time in 2012.

While Viaje has employed a small batch production, typically the Edición Limitada cigars are among Viaje’s most limited ones – and  have typically been one and done. These cigars are denoted with a secondary band stating “Edición Limitada”.

Blend details are not disclosed, but typically this cigar has been a Nicaraguan puro. The vitola name is called “Le Joueur” which is French for “The Player”. The Edición Limitada Le Joueur is 5 x 52, in the form of a belicoso.

Specific details of the Viaje Friends and Family Edición Limitada Le Joueur have not been disclosed. Typically this cigar has been a Nicaraguan puro in the past.

Vitolas available in Friends and Family:
Cadeau: 7 x 48
Le Joueur: 5 x 52
Bel Air: 6 x 50
Merci: 5 1/2 x 54
Edición Limitada Le Joueur: 5 x 52 (Belicoso) REVIEWED TODAY (approximately $15 each)

The cigar is beautiful to look at. The silver foil bands look quite regal. The cigar is box pressed and the foot is mostly closed.

The test draw after taking the absolute minimum from the belicoso cap was very good. The initial flavors were sweet pink grapefruit, white chocolate, a leather and coffee base, and white pepper rated at a 7 1/2. 

About 1 1/2 inches in (18 minutes) and right at the lower band the flavors have changed. You still have that high pitched pink grapefruit flavor and now to go along with it there are brown sugar and dry cocoa notes. The cigar has a nice sweetness now. The cigar is medium to full bodied. There are still leather notes but it is not overpowering. Coffee still holds the base. The finish is a sweet cream with some lingering white pepper. 

The cigar lasted 52 minutes. There were only minor changes from the last segment to the end. The pink grapefruit gradually changed over to a dry cedar and went well with the brown sugar, which also had a touch of buttery notes. There was also dry cocoa notes and the leather was very light, while there was a light coffee base. The cigar reached full bodied status a little past the midpoint. The finish changed to a cream with dry cedar notes. The white pepper was very good throughout. This was another great cigar from Viaje. Get them while you can! Well worth it even at the $15 price point.

Score: 93

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