April 23, 2017

Viaje Exclusivo Leaded Double Edged Sword (5 3/4 x 52 Perfecto)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Viaje Cigars is releasing a new size of its Exclusivo Leaded blend. The company has begun shipping the Viaje Exclusivo Leaded Double Edged Sword – a 5 3/4 x 52 perfecto. This marks the second size to use the Exclusivo Leaded blend.

Viaje’s Exclusivo blend started out as a personal blend for Andre Farkas. Eventually Farkas would release the blend to consumers in small batches in various sizes. Last year, four sizes of the Exclusivo were made regular production. In 2014, special small batch offshoot known of the as the Viaje Exclusivo Leaded  was released in a 5 x 52 Robusto size.. The Exclusivo Leaded differs from the base Exclusivo line in that it incorporates medio tiempo tobacco into the blend. Medio Tiempo is one of the highest priming leafs that only grows on a small percentage of tobacco plants – so releases incorporating this tobacco are often quite limited.

The cigar is beautiful to look at.  You almost don't want to cut the cap. But, in order to enjoy the cigar you have to cut it and smoke it. The foot is equally impressive.

The test draw after taking the very minimum from the pointed perfecto cap was very good. The initial flavors were distinctively divided into to camps; in the sweet camp you have sweet orange citrus, brown sugar, and white chocolate. In the second camp you have a very heavy vegetable presence with black coffee at the base. There was black pepper rated at a 7 1/2. The cigar is medium bodied at this early stage and it feels like it will move up.

1 1/2 inches in (22 minutes) the ash is pretty tight and light in color. The flavors are still intact. The percentages have slightly changed with the vegetable flavors decreasing somewhat to give way to the sweeter notes. The citrus notes are now tasting more like a sweet cedar. There is just enough white chocolate to give the cigar thickness. The black pepper remains good. The finish is a sweet cream with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied.

At the midpoint (37 minutes) the cigar has gone almost completely to the vegetable and coffee side. You can barely detect any sweet notes. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is cream and some of the vegetable flavor. The lingering black pepper is very good. 

As the cigar ended (1 hour 9 minutes) the sweeter notes made a little surge forward. The vegetable flavors are still the lead flavor but you can clearly taste the sweet cedar and brown sugar. I no longer got any white chocolate notes. The vegetable notes are the lead flavor with the coffee notes secondary. The sweeter notes follow. The black pepper seemed to stay about the same. The cigar reached full bodied somewhere after the midpoint. The finish was still one of vegetable notes, cream, and now there are some cedar notes to go along with the black pepper. This cigar has a heavy influence of the vegetable notes, especially at the midpoint. While I generally like vegetable flavors this cigar was a little too heavy on them without the matching sweeter notes.

Score: 89

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