IPCPR 2017: Viaje

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In a year that is notably quiet on the anniversary front, Viaje celebrated its 10th anniversary, but you’d likely only know that if you were either a big fan of the company, or if you stopped by the display case to right of the desk. There were no balloons, no bands, no outright signs of festivity as we have seen from other companies. There were cigars, though.

While Andre Farkas announced the 10th Anniversary project earlier this month, there was news of two cigars, a white version and a black version, named for the color of the bands and jars in which the cigars are packaged. However, at the show there were three: the aforementioned two and a black and gold version that is the most limited of the bunch. While all of the cigars use AGANORSA tobacco and are made at Raices Cubanas in Honduras, Farkas says they are each quite different from one another.

In addition, a previous anniversary cigar is getting re-released.

Viaje 10th Anniversary White Edition

The Viaje 10th Anniversary White Edition is more corojo dominant version of the blend, pegged at medium-plus in strength. Its 600 jars are not individually numbered.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua Criollo 98
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Viaje 10th Anniversary White Edition (6 1/4 x 52) — $16 (Jar of 24, $384)

Launch Date: July 17, 2017

Production: 600 Jars of 24 Cigars (14,400 Total Cigars)

Viaje 10th Anniversary Black Edition

The Viaje 10th Anniversary Black Edition is fuller than the White as it is more criollo dominant. Its 400 jars are individually numbered.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo 98
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Viaje 10th Anniversary Black Edition (6 1/4 x 52) — $17 (Jar of 24, $408)

Launch Date: July 17, 2017

Production: 400 Jars of 24 Cigars (9,600 Total Cigars)

Viaje 10th Anniversary Limited Edition

The Viaje 10th Anniversary Limited Edition takes the project in another direction, using a corojo wrapper for the most limited release of the three, with only 200 jars produced with a high-gloss black and gold finish. Farkas says its completely different than the White and Black versions.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Viaje 10th Anniversary Limited Edition (6 1/4 x 52) — $17.75 (Jar of 24, $426)

Launch Date: July 17, 2017

Production: 200 Jars of 24 Cigars (4,800 Total Cigars)

Viaje 5th Anniversary Rerelease

As part of the anniversary celebration, Viaje is releasing another 500 boxes of its 5th Anniversary, which came out in August 2012. Of note: it’s 200 more boxes than the original release, and while the bands are the same, the boxes get a different color and some new design elements.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Viaje 5th Anniversary (2017) (6 1/4 x 52) — $13.20 (Box of 25, $330)

Launch Date: August 2017

Production: 500 Boxes of 25 Cigars (12,500 Total Cigars)

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