Size: 3 3/4″ x 54 ring
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Cigars Released: 300 Boxes of 25 Cigars ( 7,500 Total Cigars ) – 2014
Price: $8.96 ( 25 Ct Box – $224.00 )
Behind The Stick:
While I am still trying to wrap my mind around the multitude of releases, limited edition, limited run and ‘exclusive’ cigars that Andre Farkas produces – the WMD or Weapons of Mass Destruction has quickly become one of the more popular releases within the Skull and Bones line. While I wish I would be able to break down the specific variations, suffice to say the WMD started as the first Red Label Viaje Skull and Bones, disappeared and then reappeared in 2012 as 300 of the 25 ct boxes for a total of 7,500 cigars. Without further delay onto the Review!
There are few things in this world that have the quality of a well made Viaje – from the well placed cap to the band placement. Evenly packed from head to foot, the extremely dark wrapper carried a bit more character and tooth than I had expected. The cigar took a little direct attention to actually get started – more so than just a wider ring gauge but not quite as much as if one was attempting to light straight ligero. The cigar just feels ‘right’ in hand.
For Me – when it comes it Viaje it is either a NAILED IT or a dog turd – I am the epitome of a love it or hate it fan. Without blowing it too much, this is a nailed it! Starting with a crisp and pleasant earth and pepper combination, the transition was slow and methodical without any real pomp or circumstance. After the first ash there was a touch of coffee, cedar and spice that carry the dominant flavors through till the end. From time to time I noticed an almost chocolatey sweetness that mixed brilliantly with the earth and spice.
While the appearance of the Viaje Skull and Bones WMD was not quite as splotchy or ‘characteristic’ as the Viaje Super Shot – the appearance, feel and taste were eerily similar. I am slowly coming around to being a Viaje fan although I am still on the fence. I have been on the search for a box of the Zombie Supershot for at least a year and now that I have fallen for the WMD, the fact that only 300 boxes were produced makes them another ‘White Whale’.
That being said, with outstanding construction and a flavor profile that – to me – nails it, it is hard for me not to recommend them. As with many great things, this comes with the catch that if and when you finally get your hands on them be sure to enjoy them to the fullest as it may be the only time you are allowed the privilege. If you have had the chance to try them out please let us know what you thought!
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