November 24, 2017

Viaje Stuffed Turkey Edicion Limitada 2017 Dark Meat (5 x 58)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
After a one-year hiatus, Viaje’s Thanksgiving seasonal release, the Viaje Stuffed Turkey, is making a return – but this year with a twist. This year’s version has been dubbed the Viaje Stuffed Turkey Edición Limitada and will feature box-pressed versions of the White Meat (Natural wrapper) and Dark Meat (Maduro) wrapper blends.

The Viaje Stuffed Turkey made its debut in 2011 as a Nicaraguan puro. Measuring 5 x 60, it also marked the company’s first 60 ring gauge cigar. It was originally released as a part of the “White Label Project” line. This line is a mechanism for Viaje to release experimental blends and sizes, factory errors, etc.

In 2012, the Stuffed Turkey was expanded to two blends. The original 2011 blend was rebranded as the Stuffed Turkey White Meat, and a San Andres Maduro wrapped version was added and dubbed the Stuffed Turkey Dark Meat.

The Stuffed Turkey White Meat and Dark Meat versions returned in 2013. For 2014, the sizes were changed to 5 x 58 cigars. In addition, the Stuffed Turkey White Meat and Dark Meat versions were moved out of the White Label Project series and received its own banding and packaging.

The 5 x 58 White and Dark Meat versions returned again in 2015, but for 2016 the line was given a year off.

The new Viaje Stuffed Turkey Edición Limitada White Meat and Dark Meat versions feature the same tobacco components as previous versions, but use a different vintage of the tobaccos. Both blends are packaged in 25-count boxes.

Stuffed Turkey Dark Meat Edición Limitada

Wrapper: Maduro San Andres
Binder: Nicaragua AGANORSA
Filler: Nicaragua AGANORSA
Country of Origin: Not Disclosed
Gordo: 5 x 58 (Box Pressed)

The cigar is a very dark brown and box pressed. It has a nice oily wrapper. The cigar looks like a large piece of chocolate. Even the shot of the foot shows dark tobacco.

The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm but workable. The initial flavors were a sweet dark chocolate, caramel, lots of black coffee, and lots of black pepper which I rated at an 8 1/2. There is a minor amount of black licorice noted. There is also a small amount of underlying cedar. 

About 1 1/2 inch in (35 minutes) the flavors are about like they were except I no longer get the black licorice notes. There are, however, now some nutmeg notes but they are not intrusive. The coffee and pepper are still very good. The cedar notes are very faint. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is rather short and one of dark chocolate with a minor amount of lingering pepper. 

2 inches or so in (54 minutes) the caramel notes are really coming out. The nutmeg notes are also quite noticeable. The sweet dark chocolate notes are still very enjoyable. Of course, the black coffee and pepper are still there although the pepper has toned down a bit. The cedar is still noticeable but in small amounts.  Overall the cigar is a nice mix of flavors. There is a lot of sweetness in this cigar. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is still one of dark chocolate but there is more sweetness now. There is also a little more lingering black pepper.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 36 minutes. A very nice burn time for a 5" cigar. The ash dripped once during the entire burn. Very impressive. At the end the dark chocolate and caramel notes were once again dominant. The cedar was barely detectable. The coffee and pepper notes remained good. There were low levels of nutmeg. They decreased from the midpoint on. The cigar reached medium to full bodied. The finish had the addition of caramel to go along with the dark chocolate. There was a minor amount of lingering pepper. The finish is also longer than it was initially. This is a very good maduro cigar. I enjoyed it. These are on shelves now and available online. Since they are a seasonal release they will be in short supply so grab them while you can.

Score: 93

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