Viaje Honey And Hand Grenades
Vitola: The Rapier
Size: 6 1/2 x42
Smoke Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Prelight: Cool band, cool covering... I like the looks. Strong and pronounced veins through out. Dark brown chocolate colored wrapper. Foot smells of earthy tobacco. I like the small ring guage.... very non-typical Viaje.
First 1/3: Took me a minute of puffing and lighting to get the closed foot open enough for a good draw. Once it was going, nice thick clouds of chewy smoke. Heavy flavors of sweet, almost sugar cookie, and wonderful tobacco aroma. There is another sweetness in the back ground that I can not name, but it is muddied up by the heavy finish that is lingering in the back of my throat. Burn was a little wavy, and the ash held for about 3/4 inch. So far so good.
Second 1/3: The sweet sugar cookie has turned to more of a chocolate brownie flavor, and has gone to the back ground. A light spice and coffee has come to the front, and isw still mixed with that sweet tobaccoo. The heavy throat feel has gone away, and the spice is really lingering on the finish. Notes of roated nuts, and toast come and go, along with that sweetness I can not place. Ash got really flaky and only held for about 1/2 inch before falling on its own. Burn has corrected, and is going strong now. No Touch ups needed.
Last 1/3: This thing kicks into high gear with very thick flavors and heavy finish. Not as strong on vitamin N as I thought. A mild spice, maybe like a bell peper, is heavy on the draw, and the heat stays with you till the finish. Coffee, and sweet tobacco are ruling as the dominant flavors. A nice touch of creamy butter-like flavor goes in and out of the finish. Ash still refused to stay on for more than 1/2 inch. Burn was good, still no touch ups. Because of the small ring guage, it heated up pretty fast once I got past the band point.
Final Thoughts: Another damn fine cigar from Farkas and Viaje. Like all other Viajes I have smoked, I think it is still very young, and needs a little while to rest and/or age to come into its own. I really enjoyed the cigar from start to finish. As a Viaje whore, it was nice to take a break from short, stubby, fat Viajes, and have a good 42 RG. Nothing bad to say, and nothing amazing to say.... just and overal good cigar. Will I buy a box.... most likely.
Final Grade: /5
4 shooting smileys out of 5. Not my favorite Viaje by any means, but this one has potential to become an excellent smoke with some time.