Video review HERE.
(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com and AtlanticCigar.com websites)
Viaje announced the fifth installment to its series of cigars with a pepper theme, the Viaje Scotch Bonnet.
Previously reviewed Pepper Series:
A Scotch Bonnet is a variety of chili pepper that bears a resemblance to a Tam o’shanter cap worn by the British military. Shortly after announcing the Scotch Bonnet and offering it to its authorized retailers, Viaje reported they sold out of the inventory.
Details of the Scotch Bonnet blend have not been disclosed, but the cigar will keep to the 4 7/8 x 50 shape of the other Viaje “peppers”. The cigars will be packaged in 25-count boxes.
The Viaje Scotch Bonnet follows the Viaje Jalapeño, Viaje Ghost Pepper, Viaje GP 10.31, and Viaje Carolina Reaper releases. Recently Viaje announced it was retiring the Viaje Ghost Pepper.
Size 4 7/8 x 50
Wrapper Nicaraguan Habano
Color Colorado Maduro
Binder / Filler Nicaragua / Nicaragua
Grade Hand Rolled / Long Filler
Blender Andre Farkas
Manufacturer TABSA Factory
The cigar is the typical size and shape of the others in the Pepper Series. Here is a shot of the foot.
Even with the small opening in the foot the test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a nice citrus but it's matched by equal amounts of nutmeg, quite a bit or earthy black coffee, leather, and black pepper rated at 8 1/2 initially.
At the first third (15 minutes) there isn't much of a citrus note any more. It's now more of a sweet cedar with some brown sugar. There are also some nice sweet cream notes. There are still plenty of leather and nutmeg notes and a nice earthy black coffee base. The pepper has toned down to around a 7 1/2. The finish is one of sweet cream and a little underlying nutmeg with decent lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. This cigar is quite different from the other cigars in the Pepper Series. For the first third I rated the cigar at 92.
At the second third (40 minutes) the cedar and brown sugar are struggling to be noticed. I am now getting some dark chocolate notes in the mix. There are still plenty of nutmeg, leather, and black coffee notes. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The finish has a little influence of the dark chocolate along with the cream and nutmeg. The lingering black pepper seems to be up. The cigar transitioned away from the sweetness it originally had. I rated the second third at 90.
The cigar lasted 58 minutes. Some of the sweet cedar and brown sugar returned in the final third, which was nice. All the other flavors are still in play. The cigar finished at medium to full bodied. The finish is pretty much unchanged although it's a little sweeter also. I found this to be a good cigar but not overwhelming. I rated the final third at 91.
Overall Score: 91