Earlier today, invoices from Viaje Cigar Co. began showing up at retailers, an indication that the company’s latest shipment will soon be on its way.
Included in the November schedule is Stuffed Turkey and a new cigar named Farmer Bill Hatchet. Viaje owner Andre Farkas told halfwheel at the 2014 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show that there would be two major changes to his November shipment for this year: the aforementioned new cigar and that Stuffed Turkey had “graduated” from the White Label Project (WLP) program.
Originally released in November 2011 after a conversation with Jerry Cruz and Brian Hewitt of Stogie Review, Stuffed Turkey was created as a Thanksgiving themed release. In 2012, Viaje added a maduro version of the cigar, known as Dark Meat, making the original version White Meat.
Both versions will return this year in the same 5 x 58 size used last year. The major change regarding the “graduation” will come in the form of packaging. Stuffed Turkey now comes in boxes and will feature its own bands. The White Meat uses a Nicaraguan criollo wrapper over Nicaraguan filler tobaccos from AGANORSA, while the Dark Meat uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper over the AGANORSA fillers.
Stuffed Turkey is priced at $10 per cigar or $250 per box.
Farmer Bill Hatchet is an accompanying release for Stuffed Turkey. The narrative goes that you need some way to get the Stuffed Turkey to your table, that’s where Farmer Bill comes in. As for the cigar, it’s a 7 x 52 box-pressed vitola that uses Nicaraguan criollo wrapper from AGANORSA over a Nicaraguan binder and fillers.
Pricing is set at $11.40 per cigar or $114 per box.
Viaje did not return an email seeking clarification on production numbers or where each individual cigar is made. Emails sent to retailers indicate that Farmer Bill Hatchet will not be going to every Viaje account.
(Images via Facebook.com/Viaje)