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Viaje Summerfest (2010) Robusto
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo99 Cafe Rosado
This review is of a cigar I’ve been trying to track down for a while, and was able to arrange for a trade with a fellow BOTL. The Viaje Summerfest was released in two vitolas an 8” torpedo with a huge shaggy foot and a robusto. The Summerfest is along with the other seasonal releases from Viaje; Skull & Bones around Halloween, Holliday Blend around Christmas (the 2010 release I reviewed here), Summerfest and TNT for the 4th of July. The Summerfest is the counter to the Holliday blend as the bands are very similar (Red and gold for summer vs. green and silver). I don’t know exactly when Andre releases the summerfest but if I remember right it was around the same time that TNT was released. I also think that the torpedo was the initial release and then the robusto followed, since they were made by mistake. I really have really enjoyed the rest of the Viaje offerings I’ve had, and really wanted to review the 2010 summerfest before this years is released… wish I had more than one cigar to base the review on but beggars can’t be choosers.
The Viaje Summersest robusto was a classic 5’ X50 robusto. It had a nice, lightly splotchy redish brown wrapper with a couple veins. The cigar was firm to the touch and had a very well applied cap. The aroma off the unlit cigar had a faint tobacco/ cedar aroma. I clipped the cap with my LP 9 cutter; pre-light draw was loose and tasted lightly florally and with a bit of pepper. I toasted and lit the foot with a match.
The flavors in the first third were a complex mix of floral-cedar, earth and hint of iced tea bitterness and pepper on the finish. When retrohaled I got a chocolate-earthy flavor with a bit of pepper spice. The cigar produced a ton of thick, creamy smoke from the beginning and the draw was near perfect.
Heading into the second third the profile was a nice mix of floral-cedar, milk chocolate, toast, nuts and a hint of ice tea and earth on the finish. Through out the second third the flavors intermingled with each other and made it so that with each puff, I tasted a new combination of those flavors. When I retrohaled the chocolate-earth flavor had transformed into a nutella flavor and still with a hint of pepper.
The flavors in the final third were consistent with the second third but with a slight coffee undertone coming in once in a while, and the nutella like retrohale with a hint of pepper. Nearing the end of the cigar the floral and nutty flavors left, leaving the cedar, toast and chocolate flavors with a long earth like finish. Overall the profile was around medium to full-bodied and a slow burner.
The Viaje Summerfest robusto was a very flavorful and complex cigar. The flavors intertwine and compliment each other well, especially in the second third. The construction is fantastic, only a slight touch up was required about the half way point, but I have a feeling that the cigar would have corrected itself. The smoke is thick and creamy and coats the palate allowing you to enjoy the entire profile. I love when a cigar surprises you with flavors and combinations of the same base profile (as it did in the second third). The summerfest robusto is around a medium to full bodied smoke, and so can be enjoyed by many… if you can find any left. As with all of Viaje’s seasonal releases they can be a bit tricky to track down and often sell quickly but if you can get your hands on some you will definitely feel rewarded. I wish I could compare how the robusto smokes to the Shagy footed torpedo but I haven’t been able to get my hands on any of those. I’m happy to have gotten this review done before the next line of Summerfest has been released so that I will be able to compare the two for ya’ll. The cigar retails for around $9-10 but again are very hard to find, though there maybe a few shops with them still around. If not definitely keep your eyes open for the 2011 release of the summerfest, which I believe is some time in June.
Total smoking time around 90 minutes.