October 25, 2020

Viaje Zombie Collector's Edition 2020 Red (5 1/2 x 54 figurado)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

While Viaje is known for keeping information low-key on its releases, when it comes to the Viaje Zombie series, it’s as low key as it comes. This year, the Viaje Zombie Series is being released in three blends: Green (Natural), Red (Maduro), and Black (Unknown). In addition, the Zombie Series will be a part of Viaje’s Collector’s Series – getting a special one time release in the form of a 5 1/2 x 54 figurado. The announcement of the line came early this month and now the cigars have begun to arrive at retailers.

Viaje’s “Collector’s Edition” designation was first introduced in 2012. It provides a special cigar size for those who like to “collect” Viaje cigars. The Collector’s Edition releases have been “one and done” – meaning the cigars are made once and there are no plans to make more.

Since 2014, the Viaje Zombie has been released in the Zombie Green and Zombie Red lines. The Zombie Black is not completely new, as it had been seen in a release aimed at the cigar market in China.

All three Zombie blends are presented in the signature 20-count elongated box the line is known for.

Today we look at the Red.

The cigar is pretty much black. It is very dark. The foot of this cigar is closed.

The test draw was somewhat lacking due to the closed foot but it gave a hint that it will be ok when the cigar is lit. The initial flavors at light up were a lot of unsweetened dark chocolate and black coffee. a touch of brown sugar, and quite a bit of a citrus peel/nutmeg mix. There was black pepper rated at 8+. The cigar is very dark noted but it has a little sweetness initially.

At the first third (27 minutes) the sweetness has not increased. It is very low. The predominant flavors are unsweetened dark chocolate and black coffee. The citrus peel notes are a little toned down but they still combine with a lot of nutmeg. There is just a slight amount of brown sugar. The black pepper remains very good. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is mostly nutmeg with a little dark chocolate and pretty good lingering black pepper. This cigar has less sweetness than the Black that I reviewed yesterday. I rated the first third 87.

Moving through the second third (55 minutes) the cigar is marginally better. The sharp dark chocolate and black coffee notes are smoother. There is still very little sweetness. Still quite a bit of nutmeg. The orange peel is still subdued. The black pepper remains very good. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. With the smoothness I raised the score to 88.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 17 minutes. It was about like it was in the second third but now there are some nice dry cedar notes that actually added some "sweetness" to the rather bland dark chocolate and black coffee. The other notes are still in play but you focus on the dark chocolate and black coffee. The cigar hit a low grade full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This is an extremely dark noted cigar with minimal sweetness. I held the score of 88 for the final third.

Overall Score: 87.67

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