May 29, 2017

Viaje Zombie Antidote (6 1/4 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
The Viaje Zombie Antidote is back for, but this time with a twist. Viaje Cigars will release a new size of the Zombie Antidote measuring 6 1/4 x 50 that will feature a rounded head and a torpedo foot. The cigar is also the latest installment in Viaje’s Collector’s Edition series.

The Viaje Zombie Antidote made its debut in 2014. It has been an annual release since. Each year the Antidote has been 6 1/2 x 44 lonsdale. Since the Viaje Zombie Antidote 2017 Collector’s Edition is larger, it is being nicknamed a “double dose”.

This Viaje Zombie Antidote 2017 Collector’s Edition is being packaged in 25 count soft bundles. While the prescription jars we have seen the Antidote packaged in over the past 3 years do not appear to be back for 2017, the bundles resemble the packaging for a syringe.

The Collector’s Edition series was introduced in 2012 and provides a special cigar size for those who like to “collect” Viaje cigars. The Collector’s Edition releases have been “one and done” – meaning once the cigars are gone, they are gone. 

Farkas has explained there is a theme with these Zombie releases. The story goes that Viaje WMD (Weopon Mass Destruction) explodes. Because of radiation from the explosion, people end up mutating into “Zombies“.  The Zombie Super Shot helps arm people for what Farkas calls the “Zombie Apocalypse”.  The only way to cure the Zombies is with the Zombie Antidote.

Blend details have not been disclosed.

The cigar features a large prescription cover that explains the usage of the antidote. The name band is actually located at what would be, in this case, the foot. You have to remove all the bands before smoking. The cigar is described as a reverse torpedo. You will notice a small hole in the cap end.

The end you light; the reverse torpedo end, has no visible cut tobacco to light, but you light it anyway. I have actually experimented with smoking these cigars from both ends.

I lit the torpedo end and I could actually draw through the small open hole in the cap. The draw opened up as you smoked the cigar. The initial flavors were a candy-like orange citrus that reminded me of the orange candy in a Pez dispenser, brown sugar, and coffee notes. There was black pepper rated at an 8. There seemed to be a cream flavor that tied all the flavors together. 

2 inches in (44 minutes) and you can see it is a slow burning cigar! That's a very good thing. The flavors are about like I initially described but now there is some of that signature vegetable-like flavor that I seem to find in a lot of Nicaraguan cigars. The candy-like orange citrus is very sweet and the brown sugar adds more sweetness. The finish is an earthy cream with a small amount of lingering black pepper. The coffee notes are quite prominent. The cigar is medium to full bodied.

 The cigar lasted 1 hour 49 minutes! A nice, long burning cigar. The orange citrus moved away from the candy-like flavor and more like a normal orange citrus. The brown sugar remained very good, as well as the black coffee, which actually elevated as the cigar went along. The vegetable flavor remained intertwined in the front end flavors. The cigar remained medium to full bodied. I lost any resemblance of cream notes along the way. The black coffee gave the cigar a thick depth. The pepper remained good and the finish was unchanged. This is a limited edition cigar so if you see them snatch them up. I found this to be a very good cigar.

Score: 92

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