I'm smoking the one I was gifted right now & I have to say that I really like it. One of, if not the, best Viaje I've ever had. I don't get any bitterness or harshness at all - just a really enjoyable, decadently full, delicious cigar.
Redux: Viaje Friends and Family
In February of 2012, Viaje released one of their most secretive blends with almost no fanfare or foreknowledge. Said to be produced select retailers started getting single boxes of the box-pressed Churchill out of the blue. At over $15.00 per cigar, the Friends and Family was the most expensive Viaje up to that point and is still in possession of that title currently. Interestingly, we still do not have direct confirmation of the specifics of the blend, or the country of origin, as Andre refuses to talk about specifics in regards to this release.
Here is what I said in my original review back in February of 2012:
Everything about this release seemed to click with me. I love the vitola (although I do wish it was a Lonsdale instead of a Churchill), the box press, the dark, earthy and gritty profile, and the sweetness that is prevalent throughout the smoke which makes the whole profile that much more complex. In addition, construction was amazing with absolutely no issues at all for the entire smoke. While the strength hovered around the full mark, it never pushed over, giving it just enough kick to enjoy without feeling like you were hit with a sledgehammer after finishing it. The main problem with this release is the same with most of Viaje’s releases, only magnified. It seems likely that at most, each Viaje account got a box, which means there’s a little over 1,500 cigars released. Yet unlike a normal Viaje limited edition, it seems like some retailers are never going to even offer these for sale. Having said that, the Viaje Friends and Family is an all around great cigar, easily one of Viaje’s best, and I feel lucky to have tried it and I wish I had more.
But enough of that, lets get down to business, shall we?
- Cigar Reviewed: Viaje Friends and Family
- Country of Origin: n/a
- Factory: n/a
- Wrapper: n/a
- Binder: n/a
- Filler: n/a
- Size: 7 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 48
- Vitola: Churchill (Box-Pressed)
- MSRP: $15.33 (Boxes of 15, $230.00)
- Date Released: February 23, 2012
- Number of Cigars Released: n/a
- Number of Cigars Smoked For Redux: 1