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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery BP 2018
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Koop
60
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member ninfiction (Brian).  The cigar provided for this round is the Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery BP 2018.

There is not a lot know about this one but here is what was published by Halfwheel - "The star of the show is the Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery BP 2018, the first M?stery release since 2015. The company declined to disclose any further details about the cigar, but it’s listed as “BP” a likely sign that it is box-pressed.


Length:
4.75
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Secret
Binder:
Secret
Wrapper:
Secret
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with I smoked this with a bottle of water

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 20 Possible

Box pressed stick was very firm with shiny black art on a black band. The wrapper was smooth, dark chocolate colored with no prominent veins. Seams were tight with a closed foot and a nicely applied cap. Cap cut cleanly with my Xicar Xi2. PLA was coffee, earth and damp hay. PLD was slightly tight through the closed foot. PLT was weak coffee.

Light & Burn: 5 Points of 15 Possible

Toasted and lit easily. Draw was fine - some resistance -  with lots of smoke initially. Not much smoke from the foot when idling and it seemed like I needed to puff often to keep the smoke volume. I usually smoke fairly slowly with a draw every 45 seconds or so, but this needed a draw every 30 seconds to keep smoke volume. Tunneled in the first third and required correction. Gray/black ash fell at one inch. Uneven burn in the middle third requiring another touch-up. Tunneled and went out at the start of the final third requiring a re-light. Smoke output wavered between full body and then was thin at times.

Construction: 15 Points of 30 Possible

Draw was good with slight resistance. Wrapper and binder were reluctant to burn, thus the tunneling. Post mortem deconstruction of the one inch nub revealed dark ligero leaf on one side of the filler bunch - not centered.

Flavor: 20 Points of 35 Possible

Initially I was hit with a strong dose of pepper and harshness. The harshness mellowed after five minutes. Pepper was cayenne and left my lips and tongue tingling at the 15 minute mark. Strong nicotine hit. Pepper faded in the middle third and I had a fleeting taste of something savory - but that quickly faded and was replaced with leather and tobacco taste. Final third was burnt coffee, I didn't detect any sweetness. There didn't seem to be any balance to the flavor profile.

Summary

Unfortunately this stick wasn't in my wheelhouse flavor wise and the construction issue further dampened my enjoyment of the smoke. I haven't had a cigar tunnel since the bad experience I had with a Torano last spring. Smoke time was 70 minutes.

This may have been a one-off construction problem - that's the difficulty of reviewing a sample of one stick.



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