JC Newman

September 21, 2021

Viaticum 2021 Toro (6 x 48 Box Pressed)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

At the 2021 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show, Oveja Negra Brands showcased the 2021 edition of its Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum. This year’s edition will introduce two new vitolas into the limited-edition line.

Viaticum was introduced two years ago at the IPCPR Trade Show. It was a cigar introduced to commemorate Black Label Trading Company’s sixth anniversary. It’s an offshoot of Black Label Trading Company’s Last Rites line. Viaticum uses the same tobaccos as Last Rites, but uses different proportions and incorporates different primings.

The blend features an Ecuadorian Maduro wrapper over a Honduran Habano binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco. It was introduced in 2019 in a 5 x 54 box press. For 2021, Viaticum brings in two new box-pressed sizes – a 6 x 48 Toro and a 6 3/4 x 40 Lancero. 

Blend and Origin

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro

Binder: Honduran Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra

Vitolas Offered

Robusto: 5 x 54 (Box Press)

Toro: 6 x 48 (Box Press) REVIEWED TODAY

Lancero: 6 3/4 x 40 (Box Press)

The cigar is a nice box press and very dark. I chose this size because of it's smaller ring. It has an average to light feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a nice tangy cedar with orange citrus, a caramel/toffee mix, nutmeg, and a generous amount of black coffee. There was a large amount of black pepper rated at 8 to 8 1/2. A very nice, sweet, dark noted start.

At the first third (21 minutes) the flavors are exactly like I described them initially. The cigar is medium to full bodied and it seems to be moving up. The finish is cedar, brown sugar, nutmeg, and a little black coffee. The lingering black pepper is very good. The cigar is very tasty at this point. I rated the first third 95.

As I moved through the second third (40 minutes) I lost the tangy orange citrus but the cedar is still there along with the caramel/toffee, nutmeg, and quite a bit of black coffee. The black pepper is still up around 8. The finish is unchanged and it still has very nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is now full bodied. The cigar lost just a slight amount due to the loss of the citrus notes. I rated the second third 94.

The cigar lasted 59 minutes. The citrus notes made a little comeback. The cigar is back to a nice sweetness and the black coffee dropped back to it's previous amount. I now had some tangy citrus/cedar notes, toffee/caramel, light nutmeg, and black coffee. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This is a fantastic cigar. I rated the final third 95. I can definitely recommend this cigar and I feel sure any of the other sizes are just as good.

Overall Score: 94.67

No comments: