Viaje Honey And Hand Grenades CigarThe Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades cigar was a highly anticipated smoke this year at the annual IPCPR. Many aficionados enjoy the small batch, boutique cigars that Viaje produces. All of their sticks are produced in small quantities so that quality is the number one priority. The company believes that the only way to produce high quality sticks is to produce them in small amounts. The company typically ships out a limited amount of each vitola to the venders, however with the Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades cigar all sizes were shipped out at the same time. This opens up a greater chance for people to try this new stick in any length.

What makes this cigar so popular? There is a perfect blending of strength and sweetness without either one being overbearing. The filler and binder are both made of Nicaraguan tobacco, and the wrapper is made of Nicaraguan Criollo. It is offered in three sizes: Rapier (6 ½ x 44), Shank (5 ¼ x 52), and (Shiv 6 ¼ x 50). Each box contains 25 smokes, and no matter the size, they are all shaped with a torpedo foot and a rounded head. The foot is wrapped in a red foil that goes up and under the band. The band is black with a bee on it in the center and has a silver outline. The bee has a grenade abdomen and is an off-white color. The Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades cigar is also referred to as the Viaje HHG.

The look and construction of this stick is quite impressive, but what’s the word on how it tastes? Most reviewers stated that the Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades cigar was exactly what they had anticipated. It started with a nice peppery spice with notes of oak. Sweetness from the tobacco filtered into the background during the end of the first third and remained throughout the smoke. Many reviewers stated that there were floral notes as well during the middle. Finishing out the final third, the peppery spice remained the most dominant flavor. The notes of oak and sweet tobacco were still prevalent in the background. The floral notes had completely diminished.

The draw on this stick is considered a plus. The burn on it surpassed many reviewers’ expectations, as its unusual shape would otherwise be an issue, but not here. The burn remained straight even after it passed the torpedo foot. The rate of the burn was ideal, and complimented the whole experience. The ash was a darker grey, almost black at times, and held firm during the smoke.

Reviewers also noted that the Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades cigar starts off in the mild to medium category, but well in to the first third, it amps up the flavor to a full-bodied smoke. For an experienced enthusiast, this is a must try. For the novice, this is a nice introduction to a more medium to full bodied smoke without it being too strong, even with its peppery spice.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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