Back in 2010, an upstart cigar company helmed by Andre Farkas released the first of what would eventually become the company’s most expansive line. Named Skull and Bones—after the Jolly Roger logo that adorns the band—the line is has grown to include nearly 50 different cigars that run the gamut from the smallest release that measures under four inches long, to the largest that comes in at a massive 6 1/4 x 60.

The naming system has changed through the years as well: although the vast majority of earlier releases in the series were named after various nuclear bombs and other weapons of mass destruction, the latest incarnations have monikers inspired by comic books like The Hulk, Ghost Rider and The Hulk again.

However, it all started 10 years ago with a cigar that has become something of a legend in certain circles: the Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter. It was inspired by the BLU-82, nicknamed daisy cutter, a 15,000-pound bomb that was used in Vietnam to clear a section of jungle so that helicopters could land safely.

The original cigar debuted as a 150-box limited edition 4 x 54 petite robusto covered in a sun grown criollo wrapper with Nicaraguan tobacco used in both the binder and filler.

Fast forward to June of this year, when Viaje announced that the Daisy Cutter would be making a return to mark its 10 year anniversary, alongside the newest versions of Skull and Bones WMD and Summerfest. Unfortunately, not much else is known about this newest incarnation other than the fact that the 4 x  54 vitola is the same, that it is packaged in boxes of 25 and that he band is printed with a holographic ink that has “never (been) used before.”

Note: The following shows the various Viaje Skull and Bones vitolas. Some of these cigars may have been released after this post was originally published. The list was last updated on Dec. 20, 2022.

  1. Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter (4 x 54) — May 2010 — 150 Boxes of 25 Cigars (3,750 Total Cigars)
  2. Viaje Skull and Bones “?” (5 x 54) — October 2010 — 150 Boxes of 25 Cigars (3,750 Total Cigars)
  3. Viaje Skull and Bones MOAB (4 1/4 x 54) — March 2011 — 100 Boxes of 50 Cigars (5,000 Total Cigars)
  4. Viaje Skull and Bones WMD (3 3/4 x 54) — March 2011 — 250 Boxes of 25 Cigars (6,250 Total Cigars)
  5. Viaje Skull and Bones Fat Man (4 1/4 x 56) — August 2011 — 125 Boxes of 25 Cigars (3,125 Total Cigars)
  6. Viaje Skull and Bones Little Boy (4 1/4 x 52) — August 2011 — 125 Boxes of 25 Cigars (3,750 Total Cigars)
  7. Viaje Skull and Bones “?” Box-Pressed (4 1/2 x 54) — October 2011 — 125 Boxes of 25 Cigars (3,125 Total Cigars)
  8. Viaje Skull and Bones “?” (4 1/2 x 54) — October 2011 — 250 Boxes of 25 Cigars (6,250 Total Cigars)
  9. Viaje Skull and Bones WMD (2012) (3 3/4 x 54) — March 2012 —300 Boxes of 25 Cigars (7,500 Total Cigars)
  10. Viaje Skull and Bones MOAB (4 1/2 x 52) — March 2012— 300 Boxes of 25 Cigars (7,500 Total Cigars)
  11. Viaje Skull and Bones FOAB (4 1/2 x 56) — March 2012— 300 Boxes of 25 Cigars (7,500 Total Cigars)
  12. Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery (4 1/2 x 54) — October 2012 — Undisclosed
  13. Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery BP (4 1/2 x 54) — October 2012 — Undisclosed
  14. Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery Vintage (4 1/2 x 54) — October 2012 — Undisclosed
  15. Viaje Skull and Bones Big Ivan (5 x 60) — February 2013 — Undisclosed
  16. Viaje Skull and Bones Fat Man (4 1/4 x 52) — February 2013 — Undisclosed
  17. Viaje Skull and Bones Little Boy (4 1/4 x 56) — February 2013 — Undisclosed
  18. Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery (2013) (4 3/4 x 52) — October 2013 — 200 Boxes of 25 Cigars (5,000 Total Cigars)
  19. Viaje Skull and Bones WMD (2014) (3 3/4 x 54) — February 2014 — 300 Boxes of 25 Cigars (7,500 Total Cigars)
  20. Viaje Skull and Bones FOAB (2014) (4 1/2 x 56) — May 2014 — 300 Boxes of 25 Cigars (7,500 Total Cigars)
  21. Viaje Skull and Bones MOAB (2014) (4 1/2 x 52) — May 2014 — 300 Boxes of 25 Cigars (7,500 Total Cigars)
  22. Viaje Skull and Bones Cloudmaker (5 x 60) — May 2014 — Undisclosed
  23. Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery (2014) (4 3/4 x 54) — October 2014 — Undisclosed
  24. Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Collector’s Edition (6 x 54) — July 2015 — 1,000 Jars of 19 Cigars (19,000 Total Cigars)
  25. Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess Gold Collector’s Edition (6 x 54) — July 2015 — 100 Jars of 19 Cigars (1,900 Total Cigars)
  26. Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery (4 1/2 x 58) — October 2015 — 300 Boxes of 25 Cigars (7,500 Total Cigars)
  27. Viaje Skull and Bones Red Big Ivan (5 x 60) — February 2016 — Undisclosed*
  28. Viaje Skull and Bones Red Fat Man (4 1/4 x 52) — February 2016 — Undisclosed*
  29. Viaje Skull and Bones Red Little Boy (4 1/4 x 56) — February 2016 — Undisclosed*
  30. Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter Edición Limitada (4 x 54) — February 2017 — Undisclosed
  31. Viaje Skull and Bones Green The Hulk 56 (5 1/4 x 56) — June 2017 — 50 Bundles of 25 Cigars (1,250 Cigars)
  32. Viaje Skull and Bones Green The Hulk 58 (5 1/4 x 58) — June 2017 — 50 Bundles of 25 Cigars (1,250 Cigars)
  33. Viaje Skull and Bones Red (2017) (3 3/4 x 54) — June 2017 — Undisclosed
  34. Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery (4 1/2 x 58) — October 2018 — Undisclosed
  35. Viaje Skull and Bones FOAB (2019) (4 1/2 x 56) — March 2019 — Undisclosed
  36. Viaje Skull and Bones MOAB (2019) (4 1/4 x 54) — March 2019 — Undisclosed
  37. Viaje Skull and Bones Cloudmaker (2019) (5 x 60) — March 2019 — Undisclosed
  38. Viaje Skull and Bones Red Big Ivan (5 x 60) — September 2019 — Undisclosed
  39. Viaje Skull and Bones Red Fat Man (4 1/4 x 56) — September 2019 — Undisclosed
  40. Viaje Skull and Bones Red Little Boy (4 1/4 x 52) — September 2019 — Undisclosed
  41. Viaje Skull and Bones Johnny Blaze (6 x 56) — December 2019 — Undisclosed
  42. Viaje Skull and Bones Ghost Rider (6 x 56) — December 2019 — Undisclosed
  43. Viaje Skull and Bones Mephisto (6 1/2 x 56) — December 2019 — Undisclosed
  44. Viaje Skull and Bones The Hulk (2020) (6 1/4 x 60) — April 2020 — Undisclosed
  45. Viaje Skull and Bones Bruce Banner (5 1/4 x 56) — April 2020 — Undisclosed
  46. Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter (2020) (4 x 50) —August 2020 — Undisclosed
  47. Viaje Skull and Bones WMD (2020) (3 3/4 x 52) — August 2020 — Undisclosed
  48. Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery (6 1/4 x 56) — October 2020 — Undisclosed
  49. Viaje Skull and Bones Frank Castle (6 1/4 x 54) — April 2021 — Undisclosed
  50. Viaje Skull and Bones The Punisher (6 1/4 x 54) — April 2021 — Undisclosed
  51. Viaje Skull and Bones FOAB (2022) (4 1/2 x 56) — February 2022 — Undisclosed
  52. Viaje Skull and Bones MOAB (2022) (4 1/4 x 54) — February 2022 — Undisclosed
  53. Viaje Skull and Bones Cloudmaker (2022) (5 x 60) — February 2022 — Undisclosed
  54. Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery (2022) (5 x 56) — October 2022 — Undisclosed

*Not pictured.

91 Overall Score

The original Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter became legendary for a number of reasons, but perhaps the most important was that it was an extremely good cigar. While it has been a long while since I have smoked one of those, the new version is just as good as I remember the first one being; a roller coaster ride that morphs randomly between sweet, bitter, rich and bold, all within its diminutive four inches. The blend is a flavor bomb, with a sweet caramel backbone that shows up early with the first puff and never lets up as well nice chocolate notes that morph from cocoa nibs in the first half to more traditional dark chocolate in the second half. The original release was an integral part of what turned me on to Viaje’s cigars when the brand was first starting out, and while this version is different in a number of ways, it is also a worthy followup to celebrate the anniversary of one of the brand’s best creations.

Original Score (May 2010, 2010 Release)
91
Redux Score (August 2012, 2010 Release)
90
Redux Score (August 2020, 2020 Release)
91

I’ve reviewed the original cigar twice before, once in 2010 and again in 2012. Here is what I said in my original review back in 2010:

This cigar is a perfect example of how great quality tobacco can enhance a smoke. You can taste the quality in every puff, and while the cigar is not the most complex in the world, the flavors that are present are so velvety smooth and refined, it is hard to find fault with it, add the great burn and draw, and this ended up being an incredibly pleasing smoke. This is definitely the best (and strongest) Viaje I have smoked, and while I wish the pepper had stayed on a bit longer, that is a fairly minor quibble in the grand scheme of things. It was a really great cigar.

And here is what I wrote in my first redux review two years later:

There is a reason the Daisy Cutter is one of the original releases that put Viaje on the map. Dark, rich flavors that combine perfectly with the pepper that is present to produce a extremely balanced cigar. While still a very good cigar after two years, the main changes in the two versions are quite noticeable: there is very little sweetness left in the profile and the overall strength has obviously toned down. Having said that, these are still easily the best Skull and Bones to date and they also remain among the very best that Viaje has ever released.

  • Cigar Reviewed: Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter (2020)
  • Country of Origin: Not Disclosed
  • Factory: Not Disclosed
  • Wrapper: Not Disclosed
  • Binder: Not Disclosed
  • Filler: Not Disclosed
  • Length: 4 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Vitola: Petite Robusto
  • MSRP: $9.20 (Box of 25, $230)
  • Release Date: June 18, 2020
  • Number of Cigars Released: Not Disclosed
  • Number of Cigars Smoked For Redux: 1

My first thought when I saw the newest Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter was “Man, they nailed the reddish wrapper.” The wrapper is a gorgeous medium brown color with an obvious red tint, smooth to the touch and covered in quite a bit of oil. While I don’t know about the holographic ink having never been used before, I can tell you it is extremely distinctive and looks great wrapped around the small cigar.  The aroma emanating from the wrapper and foot is a combination of strong milk chocolate, cedar, earth, hay, nutmeg, slight citrus and raisins while the cold draw brings flavors of cocoa nibs, vegetal notes, sweet grass, fresh espresso beans, leather tack and sweet raisins.

The Viaje Daisy Cutter starts out almost instantly with a blast of caramel on my palate mixed with distinct notes of both cedar and cocoa nibs. There is plenty of spice on my lips early on, which only helps to accentuate the secondary notes of gritty earth, leather, barnyard, yeast and slight citrus. In addition, a caramel sweetness on the retrohale keeps getting stronger as the first half burns down. Although there is a slight cinnamon note on the finish for the first 15 puffs or so, it fades away by the time the second third begins. As the second third progress, it is obvious that the spice on my lips that was so prevalent in the first third disappears, while the dominant flavors have changed to a combination of dark chocolate and rich espresso bitterness. There is not much change in the secondary flavors, although a creamy cashew note shows up in the final third just long enough for me to identify before fading away for good. The caramel sweetness and black pepper on the retrohale have both increased in both strength and distinctness, until they are both major parts of the profile by the end of the cigar, adding to the complexity that is already present.

Construction-wise, the new Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter features an excellent draw after a simple straight cut, as well as a burn that is about as wonky as it could possibly be for the entire one hour and three minutes of the time I spend smoking it. Thankfully, the burn issues are almost entirely a visual issue, as I only need to touch up the cigar once. The overall strength is a bit higher than what I recall from the original release, ending up at a point well north of medium and on the way to full, although it never really threatened to cross over that line.

91 Overall Score

The original Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter became legendary for a number of reasons, but perhaps the most important was that it was an extremely good cigar. While it has been a long while since I have smoked one of those, the new version is just as good as I remember the first one being; a roller coaster ride that morphs randomly between sweet, bitter, rich and bold, all within its diminutive four inches. The blend is a flavor bomb, with a sweet caramel backbone that shows up early with the first puff and never lets up as well nice chocolate notes that morph from cocoa nibs in the first half to more traditional dark chocolate in the second half. The original release was an integral part of what turned me on to Viaje’s cigars when the brand was first starting out, and while this version is different in a number of ways, it is also a worthy followup to celebrate the anniversary of one of the brand’s best creations.

Original Score (May 2010, 2010 Release)
91
Redux Score (August 2012, 2010 Release)
90
Redux Score (August 2020, 2020 Release)
91
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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.