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Monday, 06 May 2013

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altToday's reviews cover the Viaje and San Cristobal brands.  We will kick things off with the Viaje Friends and Family and follow it up with a look at the San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol.

Viaje Friends and Family Cadeau

There’s nothing like a good cigar, and the same can be said for friends and family that you can always depend on.  Viaje combined these two notions with its Friends and Family line, a very limited release that first hit the scene during the 2011 IPCPR show.  It initially was given to just select retailers, with each receiving a single box.  The Friends and Family was shipped once again in December 2012, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on one. 

The Viaje Friends and Family Cadeau measures 7 x 48 and is basically a cigar in the Churchill format.  Cadeau, in case you are wondering, is French for “gift.”  Viaje didn’t really release any information as to the composition of the Friends and Family, but most believe that it is a Nicaraguan puro like other releases from the brand.  It’s always nice to know exactly what you are smoking, but I guess the mystery of not knowing the composition could have its perks as well.

Right off the bat, I am very tempted to light the Friends and Family Cadeau.  The dark, oily wrapper has a bit of a marbled appearance, and some medium-sized veins are visible.  The cigar feels mostly firm to the touch, with just a little give when pushed.  It has a box-pressed shape that is neatly done and adds to the overall appeal of the cigar.  The band near the head looks great.  It displays the Viaje logo and Friends and Family name.  A band near the foot displays the Cadeau label.  Both bands have silver and white colors schemes that are elegant.  Overall, construction appears to be top notch.  Before lighting, I detect a spicy cold taste and a scent of cedar.

Once the cigar is lit, it's mostly smooth sailing.  The draw is easy, and there is plenty of smoke that's produced.  The ash is solid and changes colors between black and gray.  Only a couple touch-ups are needed, but that is all.

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