JC Newman

November 26, 2016

Viaje Farmer Bill Hatchet (4 1/2 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The story of Zombies is one that permeates throughout the Viaje portfolio. At this year's IPCPR Viaje announce the next in the series. It turns out that Farmer Bill Hatchet will be next to be infected.

Farmer Bill Hatchet is a Thanksgiving-time seasonal release that made its debut in 2014. The past two years has seen this cigar released as a box-pressed Nicaraguan puro. How has the “Zombie” blend been incorporated? It is unknown at this time.  In terms of what the “Zombie” blend exactly is has always been a mystery.

The cigar uses Nicaraguan criollo wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and fillers. The 100% AGANORSA leaf cigar is made at Fábrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S. de R.L. in Danli, Honduras. 

The Viaje Farmer Bill Hatchet Zombie Edition will be sold in 30 count boxes – each containing six five packs. The cigar will be in wider distribution come November, 2016. Retail price, approximately $12 each.

The cigar has a dark wrapper and is well made with a nice feel in the hand. It features a closed foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm. The initial flavors were orange citrus, cinnamon, leather, sweet cream, black pepper rated at an 8+. A very good start for Farmer Bill.

One inch in there is a heavy presence of whipping cream and there is now brown sugar added to the mix. There is a clean leather note. The pepper is still very good. The finish is a custard-like cream with lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied but I expect it to move up quickly.

About 2 inches in there is a heavy nutmeg presence. I did not notice it previously with all the other flavors. The whipping cream, citrus, brown sugar, and pepper are still there and in a nice amount. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is unchanged.

At the band the nutmeg is very heavy. The other flavors are still in play but the citrus is getting overpowered by the other flavors. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The flavor percentages seem to change as the cigar goes along.

The cigar ended with heavy whipping cream notes, nutmeg, brown sugar, and minor citrus notes. The pepper was very good throughout. The cigar reached full bodied in the final quarter. This was a very good cigar from Viaje. I enjoyed it very much.

Score: 93

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