By C Gar Chow
My humble review of the Viaje Exclusivo Nicaraguan Toro. The wrapper, binder and filler are all Nicaraguan.
The pre-light aroma of the cigar is a deep, rich, sweet barnyard. Right in my wheel house for a cigar.
Upon lighting, you will pick up spice right away. The spice is not in your face overpowering. Rather it is flavorful and complex. Flavors I noticed were pepper, wood, leather, cocoa, earth, coffee, cinnamon, natural tobacco. The spice, natural tobacco and wood were the most pronounced flavors in the first third.
In the second third, the spice became subtler. The wood and coffee notes became more pronounced with stronger hints of cocoa and leather.
The final third of the cigar the spices became more pronounced again, along with stronger hints of cinnamon and cocoa.
Overall, this is a “make you a deal you cannot refuse” cigar. For a cigar I would classify as medium plus to full bodied with such strong flavor it was an incredibly clean and “smooth” smoke. Retrohale was spicy and flavorful, but not overwhelming. The burn was perfectly even with a darker gray ash. I believe the price point is right under $10. I really liked the addition of the blue color to the label as it make the band “pop” against the milk chocolate wrapper. This cigar is rich and flavorful with complexity, depth and character.
Box Worthiness rating: Definitely