JC Newman

October 12, 2021

Viaje Platino Chiva 2021 (5 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

Viaje has announced that it is bringing back its original releases in the Oro and Platino lines, some of the debut cigars that helped put the company on the map when it launched 14 years ago. While the cigars are returning, though they are being given a bit of an update for their return.

Most notably, both of the lines are being produced at Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) in Estelí, Nicaragua, the factory owned by AGANORSA Leaf. The packaging is also being updated to an 8-9-8 style stained wood box, meaning the top row of the box features eight cigars, the middle row has nine cigars, and the bottom row has eight cigars.

As for the blends, both cigars are Nicaraguan puros and are getting what the company referred to as slight modifications “to deliver a newer take on an old classic.”

Both blends are being offered in two vitolas; the Oro is available in a 5 x 52 robusto called Fuerza with an MSRP of $9.28, and a 6 x 50 toro named Delicado that is priced at $9.44. The Platino also gets a 5 x 52 robusto, though it is called Chiva (REVIEWED TODAY) but has the same MSRP of $9.28, while the Sueno is a slightly thicker toro measuring 6 x 54 and having an MSRP of $9.60 per cigar.

Today we look at the Platino.

The cigar is dark brown and has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a nice, sweet, tangy orange citrus, cedar undertones, nutmeg, citrus peel, brown sugar, nougat, light leather, and black coffee. There was nice black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. This is a very nice start.

At the first third (29 minutes) the cigar is burning very evenly. The ash is quite dark. The flavors are about like they started but in a different percentage. The leather, nutmeg, and black coffee combine to make a nice lower level flavor. The leather is old, worn tasting and very dry. There was still nice notes of citrus, touch of cedar, citrus peel, and a small amount of nougat right at the base of those sweet notes. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is citrus with a touch of nougat and pretty good lingering black pepper. The flavors are in a nice mix. I rated the first third 94.

As I moved through the second third (1 hour 4 minutes) I don't think anything has changed. The cigar is very sweet and tasty with nice lower level notes. The cigar continues to impress me. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. Not much has changed. I continue to enjoy it at the same level. I maintained the score of 94.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 25 minutes. A very good burn time for a 5" robusto. In the final third the cigar took one small step backwards. The nutmeg rose and there was some earthiness in the lower level flavors. The other notes are still in play. The cigar is full bodied, or very close. The finish is unchanged. The little rise in nutmeg and development of earthy notes did not hurt the cigar too much. I scored the final third 93. This is a very good cigar with a great burn time. If you've steered clear of Viaje the past couple years give this one a try.

Overall Score: 93.67

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