Team Cigar Review: Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter 2020

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Cigar Details: Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter 2020

  • Vitola: Short Robusto
  • Length: 4″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Undisclosed
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Undisclosed
  • Blender: Andre Farkas
  • Price: $9.20
  • Release Date: June 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter 2020 is a marbled medium brown and has well pressed veins but shows the ridges from beneath the wrapper. The seams are smooth and hard to detect while the head is finished off with a very well applied set of caps. The band is the traditional design for the line and this variation has a holographic skull and bones with white crossbones bordering the top and bottom of the band. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of sweet hay and wood while the foot brings wood and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw is primarily wood, but there’s this slight malted milk character in the background. There is also a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Finished with a Colorado wrapper, the Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter 2020 is oily to touch and has small veins throughout. It is firm and has aromas of earth, chocolate, stone fruit and leather.

Pre-light Experience

The Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter 2020 has a dark chocolate wrapper, with a silver and black band. As with other Viaje releases there is no cigar or company name on the band. Aromas from the cigar included sweet graham cracker, cream, light cinnamon and cedar. From the foot, I was only able to detect sweet hay.

Pre-light Experience

The Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter 2020 has an attractive, smooth and oily Colorado Claro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll firm and even and head finished off with a triple wrap. Aromas from the wrapper tell chestnuts and cedar. Foot aromas give the same as the wrapper with added red pepper spice. Cold draw gives over-ripened plums and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with a slightly bitter wood and full on black pepper profile. At a half inch in, the wood bitterness is very faint and the black pepper has mellowed quite a bit. The retrohale is musty wood with mild black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the bitterness has departed and the profile is now just wood and mellow black pepper. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third has a great beginning and it is delivering fruity and tobacco notes. I am picking up some earth and chocolate notes, and the finish is of sweet spices showing cinnamon predominately. In terms of body and strength, the cigar is smoking just above medium.

First Third

The first third opens with an intense combination of medium strength baking spices, cocoa and a woody finish. Medium strength cinnamon joins the retrohale only a few puffs in, as the baking spices move up to medium-full. The post draw keeps the palate engaged with lingering spices and cedar. By the halfway point, the baking spices have backed off to just under medium strength, as the cocoa pushes past it.

First Third

The first third has a medium plus strength and medium body formula. Flavor-wise, it’s initially dominantly toasty. Toasted bread is immediately picked up with other notes of leather and zippy minerality. Retrohaling is by far the best part of the cigar, giving ample red pepper spice and a creamy nuttiness. The finish is highly earthy and mineral based with soil and baking spices.

Second Third

As the second third begins, a light mustiness joins the profile of wood and mellow black pepper. The retrohale is now just musty wood. At an inch in, a light mintiness joins the profile and the black pepper is now very mild. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third shows a lot of the same notes from the first third and I am getting stone fruit, tobacco, earth and sweet spice notes. The finish is of light cocoa and cinnamon. Like before, just over medium in body and strength.

Second Third

Graham cracker, cedar and trailing spices lead the cigar into the second third. The spices sit at medium plus strength between draws. The profile remains the same through the second third.

Second Third

The second third tones down the flavor range. The profile is now namely leather and zippy minerals with toasted bread nowhere to be seen. The finish picks up a faint harshness to the soil and baking spices. Strength and body remains medium plus and medium, respectively.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the black pepper has dropped out and the profile is musty wood with mintiness right behind. The retrohale remains musty wood. The cigar maintains the profile of musty wood and mintiness through to the end. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Final Third

The final third is identical to that of the second third and I am getting stone fruit, tobacco, earth, sweet spice and cocoa notes. Medium in strength and body.

Final Third

The cigar leads into the last third with dry cedar with an earthy finish that lingers between draws. As the last third settles in, there is some light baking spices coming through.

Final Third

The final third is exactly the same as the second third. Leather and minerals with finish of faint harshness in soil and baking spices. Strength and body finishes medium plus and medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout. The cigar also went out twice, requiring re-lights.

Burn

Burn was razor sharp from beginning to end.

Burn

The burn is fairly straight throughout the review, with some flaky ash at times. The burn is slightly offset by the halfway point of the first third, eventually requiring a single touch-up by the end of the first third.

Burn

Horrendous burn performance. The wrapper refused to burn and tunneling galore. I lost the number of times I had to touch-up or entirely re-light.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with a slightly bitter wood and full on black pepper profile. The bitterness left as the first third came to a close. The second third saw some mustiness and mintiness join in. The final third saw the black pepper depart. The construction was OK as some burn issues were present. Strength was slightly above medium most of the way. The Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter 2020 was pretty basic and average throughout. To me, the cigar seemed to be a nicotine delivery mechanism with flavor being secondary. I prefer a flavor forward profile and this cigar doesn’t deliver that. For those that like the strength punch and a return of the old, they’ll probably enjoy this, but it’s not something I see myself coming back to.

Draw

Great draw on the cigar throughout. Concentrated smoke. Smoked slow.

Overall

The Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter 2020 was so close to breaking out. The first third was really good and delivered solid flavors of tobacco, stone fruit, and chocolate. But, it flattened out in the second third and then deflated completely in the end. The flavors were still slightly present, but muted and muddled. A shadow of what they were in the beginning. Nice body and strength from beginning to end, great construction and draw as well, but once you get beyond the first third the cigar loses everything it had. Still solid, but not good or great.

Draw

The draw has some resistance to it, roughly 2 to 2-1/2 notches.

Overall

The Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter 2020 was overall a good experience. With a name like Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter you expect some flavor intensity and spice, and the cigar delivers that without being unbalanced. The profile falls right in my wheelhouse and I would smoke these again. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 45 minutes on the button.

Draw

The draw on the other hand was perfect.

Overall

This was a rare instance where I believe the horrendous burn caused the flavor profile to suffer. Like I said within the burn section of the review, I lost the number of times I had to re-light and touch-up. On top of that, I basically had to expel some smoke and then draw in every time with the hopes of not babying the burn. Could that have caused the harshness and high levels of earthiness and minerals? Maybe. But even if that didn’t, the flavor profile of the Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter 2020 was nothing to rave about. Just a solid average.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

$1.74

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$1.55

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.42

Cost/Point

$1.43

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$1.64

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Team Cigar Review: Viaje Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter 2020
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