Viaje Super Shots, Jalapeño to Return

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A trio of 2018 editions of Viaje cigars will soon be showing up at retailers, as today the company announced it will be releasing its Jalapeño and Super Shot lines, the latter in both the 10- and 12 Gauge sizes.

The Viaje Super Shot debuted in 2012 that gets its inspiration from clay target shooting, something company president Andre Farkas had recently taken up at the time. Looking for a short cigar to enjoy between rounds and realizing that there was nothing suiting his needs, he decided to create one and package it in cardboard boxes that are reminiscent of shotgun shells. There have been a total of 14 releases in the line so far, as it has been offered in two sizes, the Viaje Super Shot 10 Gauge (3 1/2 x 54) and 12 Gauge (3 1/4 x 52), as well as in a pair of blends. Both are Nicaraguan puros, with one blend using a corojo wrapper, the other using a criollo wrapper. Previous versions have been priced between $6 and $7 and are offered in 25-count boxes.

The Viaje Jalapeño is another petite cigar, a figurado that measures 4 7/8 x 51 and comes with its top half dressed in green foil to play into its name. It was initially released in 2015 alongside Señor Andre’s Chicharrones, a trio of cigars that made for a food-themed release for the company. The company has been secretive about its blend, though the debut release was made at the Raíces Cubanas factory in Danlí, Honduras. This year, the company referenced in an Instagram post that it was “grown at our farms in Nicaragua,” which suggests that production has been moved to the TABSA factory, which Viaje has worked with previously. The 2015 version was priced at $8.56 per cigar, or $214 for a box of 25.

An e-mail to the company seeking details about the cigars was not immediately returned.

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