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Quick Smoke: Viaje Summerfest 2012

1 Jul 2012

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

One of the most recent Viaje limited releases by the prolific Andre Farkas, the Summerfest 2012 is a Nicaraguan puro (6.75 x 50) with an unfinished foot that fans out beyond the wrapper for the three-quarters of an inch. It’s $10, which is why I only picked up two of these, having not tried them before. It’s a medium- to full-bodied smoke (though it amps up slightly for he final third) with mild earth, coffee, a bit of cream, a touch of oak, and slight cinnamon spice. The Summerfest is extremely balanced and, after the wrapper-less start, it soon settles into an even burn and solid ash. All in all, it’s an excellent smoke and one I wish I had picked up a few more of.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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3 Responses to “Quick Smoke: Viaje Summerfest 2012”

  1. Chas Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    I asked my local to open a box of these the other night. I loved the shaggy foot and initially spice was so nice. However, about halfway through it became almost impossible to keep lit! I was stunned that a $10 cigar would quickly disappoint. I continue to buy and try the Viaje brand because one I can and two the reviews are usually favorable. Unfortunately, the Emilio line is one of my favorites, the cigars are better and costs less…imagine that! Luckily my local shop still have the reserva that was no. 2 cigar a few years back…still by far the best I have had from Viaje….a $10 bill worth smoking…but I'm very afraid of the brand going forward. I have too much to choose from that I KNOW will be fantastic…namely san lotano oval and PG cigars.

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