Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter Edición Limitada

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Back in February it was announced that Viaje was releasing a follow up to one of their most famous of limited releases and the first in the series, the Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter.

This time, it received the Edición Limitada treatment with a Mexican San Andrés wrapper replacing the original Nicaraguan criollo wrapper.

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For as many Skull and Bones editions as there have been, including repeating sizes and blends, the Daisy Cutter stood alone until this new version, which also marks the 30th release in the Skull and Bones series.

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  • Cigar Reviewed: Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter Edición Limitada
  • Country of Origin: n/a
  • Factory: n/a
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Length: 4 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Vitola: Petit Robusto
  • MSRP: $9.20 (Boxes of 25, $230)
  • Release Date: February 2017
  • Number of Cigars Released: n/a
  • Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

With only four inches of cigar and two normal sized bands, only about half of the wrapper of the Daisy Cutter Edición Limitada is actually visible, but what is visible shows a dark brown color that has a rustic, oily feel to it. When squeezed it’s firm with just a slight bit of give, just enough to stop it from being too firm. Coming off the wrapper are huge barnyard notes, with musty hay, rich earth, a touch of leather, hints of cocoa and some almonds. The cold draw is much more subdued with hints of chocolate, a little peppery tingle on my tongue and a slight earthy after taste.

Starting into the first third the Viaje lights easily, immediately producing a bold yet nuanced profile of pepper, earth, chocolate, hints of cinnamon, old oak and a touch of nuttiness. The burn line isn’t exactly perfect, but it’s quite even, and for the most part pretty sharp. Ash retention is quite nice, holding easily to over the inch mark, though it is a little flaky and makes a mess. Moving along the chocolate has definitely increased to the point where it’s a primary flavor, while the pepper has decreased allowing the sweetness of the profile to come through.

The second third continues the sweeter profile, with chocolate up front, followed by pepper and earth in the middle, while cinnamon, musty oak, and a little nuttiness bring up the background. The burn does finally get enough out of hand that I need to touch it up, though for the most part prior to that it had been fairly even. The smoke production on this small yet flavorful cigar is impressive, with plenty of smoke filling the air around me after each draw.

All too quickly I find myself in the final third of the Daisy Cutter and while chocolate is still the name of the game, the black pepper has started making a bit of a comeback. It certainly isn’t as powerful as when it started out, but I’d place it closer to the front now than the middle. The entire profile is still sweet enough, though the earthiness balances it out, while the cinnamon, musty oak and nuttiness give the profile some sustenance that really makes the whole profile quite engaging and interesting. Unfortunately all too quickly the cigar comes to an end, staying smooth all the way to the final nub that I burn my lips on trying to eek out the last little bit.

Final Notes

  • While I didn’t get a chance to buy any of the original Daisy Cutters, I do remember getting it as a gift at some point a year or so after its release.
  • Since the release of the Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter Edición Limitada, another Skull and Bones WMD was released as well, bringing the total to 31 cigars in the collection.
  • Like many Viaje releases, the Skull and Bones series does have some secrecy around the specifics. There are at least two core blends – the Red and the White – while the only explanation given really is that the red bands represent nuclear and the white represent non-nuclear.
  • Also among the information that is inconsistently held back is the factory they’re produced at and the production numbers. This release didn’t have either disclosed.
  • The Edición Limitada band indicates that this specific cigar will never be produced again.
  • Cigars for this review were purchased by halfwheel.
  • Final smoking time averaged about one hour 10 minutes.
90 Overall Score

My first ever knowledge of Viaje as a company was because of the Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter release back in 2010. This was just as I was really getting my feet wet with the boutique companies and I was not entirely familiar with all of them yet. Fast forward seven years and it was really exciting to get to smoke the Daisy Cutter Edición Limitada, though changing the wrapper on it was obviously going to give me a different experience. While the construction was mostly good, it was the profile that really impressed, with a chocolaty sweetness to it that was balanced well with earth and pepper, then complemented by other notes here and there. If you happen to find these out there despite the fact they’ve been released for about five months now, I’d certainly grab them up without hesitation, especially if you are a fan of the whole Skull and Bones release. If I only had one complaint, it would be that the four inch cigar just wasn’t long enough.

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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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