Viaje Oro La Pequeña (2012)

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In November of 2012 I reviewed an store exclusive from Good Karma Cigar – the Viaje Oro La Pequeña. While it is an extension of the Oro line and was originally created in 2009, the version made for Good Karma Cigar was rolled in early 2012.

Because of the way this played out, the tobacco used for these was aged significantly more than usual for the Oro line and even ended up being aged longer than the Reserva line. As I noted in the original review, the store has the right to request these rolled once a year. Having said that, I confirmed with the store that these have long since sold out and they have not received any more.

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  • Cigar Reviewed: Viaje Oro La Pequeña (2012)
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Factory: Fábrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S. de R.L.
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Size: 4 3/4 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 50/52
  • Vitola: Perfecto
  • MSRP: $8.40 (Boxes of 25, $210.00)
  • Date Released: October 26, 2012
  • Number of Cigars Released: 80 Boxes of 25 Cigars (2,000 Total Cigars)
  • Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 2

The time spent in my humidor didn’t change the cigar’s feel much at all, with the medium brown wrapper still having a soft and silky feel to it. While the aroma off the wrapper isn’t much more than a light barnyard note, the cold draw brings a nice mix of light coffee, sweet tobacco and a white pepper note is that I don’t remember from before.

The cigar starts out a little tight and with some bitter notes as I’m trying to get around the perfecto foot. As it works its way around the bulge the La Pequeña’s flavor smooths out and the draw opens up. Cocoa, mild coffee and some pepper notes make up the majority of the profile. About halfway through the pepper has increased a bit and there is a distinct cinnamon note that adds nicely to round out the overall creamy profile. In the final third a nice aged tobacco note develops that continues through to the end.

Viaje Oro La Pequena  2012

The draw on the cigar is tight but acceptable throughout, though at the very beginning it’s a little tighter, as expected with this cigar shape. There is plentiful smoke production coming from the cigar, even long after I set it down. While the burn isn’t perfect, only a few touch ups have been needed throughout. Solid construction allows the ash to hold on to well over an inch, only dropping off with some strong coaxing on my end.

90 Overall Score

Not much has changed with this cigar, and I consider that a good thing. Solid construction and an enjoyable profile keeps you interested in the cigar the entire time. I honestly think my only complaint on the cigar was that it just wasn't long enough - which in the end could be considered a good thing that it leaves you wanting more. Unfortunately for us as it stands these are only going to be found on the secondary market, though we can keep our fingers crossed that they do request more of these to be made sometime in the future.

Original Score (November 2012)
90
Redux Score (February 2014)
90

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Brian Burt
About the author

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010 I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion. Besides my cigar hobby and job in the IT industry, my wife and I love traveling, trying new restaurants and relaxing at home with our two dogs.

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