Viaje is heading to the Dominican Republic.
After months of being spotted in both Germany and the Dominican Republic with Abe Flores of PDR Cigars, brand owner Andre Farkas made it official—Viaje will be moving some production to Flores’ PDR Cigars.
News of the move was first reported by Cigar Insider.
Viaje Collaboration 2015, which measures 6 x 52, will use an Ecuadorian Havana 2000 wrapper and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The release is limited to 600 boxes of 20 and will be packaged in individual coffins.
In addition, Viaje C-4 and TNT, which is scheduled for June—a month before Collaboration 2015—will be made at PDR Cigars, a return for both series as neither cigar was part of Viaje’s summer releases last year. The company introduced TNT in 2010 and C-4 the following year and the pair are some of the only cigars in Viaje’s expansive portfolio of largely annual releases that did not change in size or shape throughout the various installments.
PDR Cigars marks the fifth factory for Viaje. Interestingly, Farkas told Cigar Insider that this will be the first time he is not using AGANORSA tobacco. The brand started at Joya de Nicaragua in 2007, before moving to Raíces Cubanas in Danlí, Honduras in 2009. Until last year, Raíces was the only factory producing cigars for Viaje.
First, the company introduced the Plata Lancero made at Casa Fernández Miami and then Viaje Cache and Collaboration 2014 out of Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) in Nicaragua. Both factories are owned by Eduardo Fernández Pujals, who also owns AGANORSA.
Viaje introduced Collaboration last year with the intent of mimicking a popular practice in craft beer, where Viaje would work with different factories to produce unique releases.
An email sent to Viaje requesting additional info was not returned.