Viaje Super Shot 10 Gauge Criollo

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The total amount of Viaje Super Shot releases now stands at nine, a large part of that was due to six different releases last year. Returning were the original Super Shot 10 and 12 Gauge, now labeled as Criollo, along with the same vitolas with a Nicaraguan corojo wrapper. 

Viaje Super Shots

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It is extremely challenging to tell the cigars apart, something that has gotten as harder as more releases have emerged.  Pricing between the two wrappers was identical: $150 per box for the smaller Super Shot 12 Gauge and $160 for the larger 10 Gauge. Each size was limited to 200 boxes of 25 cigars.

Viaje Super Shot 10 Gauge Criollo 1

  • Cigar Reviewed: Viaje Super Shot 10 Gauge Criollo
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Factory: Fábrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S. de R.L.
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Size: 3 1/2 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Vitola: NUb
  • MSRP: $6.40 (Boxes of 25, $160.00)
  • Date Released: February 6, 2013
  • Number of Cigars Released: 200 Boxes of 25 Cigars (5,000 Total Cigars)
  • Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

I found the color of the Criollo samples to differ fairly dramatically, particularly when it comes to the amount of reds. It’s a faded leather like color with a fair bit of black specks and an inconsistent amount of oils. Aroma-wise, it’s leather, salty, nutty, sunflower seeds and somewhat sweet. The cold draw delivers warm bourbon, leather, cooke dough underneath and a very harsh green pepper on the back of the throw.

The Super Shot 10 Gauge Criollo starts with soft leather, a creamy toastiness, oatmeal cookies, sawdust and creaminess. A dozen minutes in and the pepper is fully engaged in the nose, there’s sweet lemons—almost lemonade—grass and oatmeal cookies. Smoke production is good, not great, and the burn requires some touching-up. Strength is medium-plus, but building.

Viaje Super Shot 10 Gauge Criollo 2

Warm oatmeal, pepper and creaminess remain through the nose; on the tongue there’s toastiness and cedar. In the mouth is a mixture of toastiness and cedar. The real change of the Super Shot is the strength, which is now full. After the halfway mark, the cigar is getting warm, which adds to the annoyances of the uneven burn.

Viaje Super Shot 10 Gauge Criollo 3

Things don’t change much in the final third, the cigar gets much toastier while the pepper reduces itself. With under an inch left—so essentially the entire final third—the smoke production dies down noticeably, increasing the puff rate, reducing the detail of the flavor and increasing the temperature of the smoke.

Viaje Super Shot 10 Gauge Criollo 4

Final Notes

  • If there was ever a cigar that probably needed to be divided in halves, as opposed to thirds, it would be this cigar.
  • History can tell us a lot of things. On one hand, it would seem like we are too late in the year for the Super Shot in its regular form to appear this year. On the other hand, it’s Viaje—so who knows.
  • I absolutely love the Super Shot packaging. It actually “won” the halfwheel packaging top 10 of 2012, despite not having any bands.
  • Strength is full, although it takes about an inch before it really begins to kick in.
  • Two years ago I wrote:

In the same Cigar Insider story, Farkas said, “The sizes are virtually identical to the actual shotgun shells.” While the halfwheel editorial staff is not made up of firearms experts, it would seem an actual 10 gauge shotgun shell would have a 49.92 ring gauge and a 12 gauge shell would be equivalent to a 46.528 ring gauge cigar. In addition, while shotgun shells don’t have a uniform length, they on average a bit shorter than the length of the Viaje cigars. But then again, a 2 1/2 cigar is probably a bad idea.

  • Cigars for this review were purchased by halfwheel.
  • Final smoking time was 40 minutes.
86 Overall Score

Many—including Viaje owner Andre Farkas himself—have suggested that Viajes get better with a bit of rest. I reviewed the Super Shot 10 Gauge when it debuted, so perhaps there’s room to test that theory. What I got was not so much a maturation, but two very different cigars. I’ve had most of the Super Shots at this point and am completely baffled as to which one I like the most. This is probably the most unique, yet, I’m not convinced it’s the best representation of the blend.

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Charlie Minato
About the author

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

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