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This week we are taking a look at Viaje Platino Reserva Double Torpedo, or for those who prefer acronyms, VPR DT. This is one of the latest ‘macro’ releases from Andre Farkas of Viaje and a follow-up to 2010 Viaje Platino Reserva #6. Viaje Platino Reserva DT 5packs were available as pre-release via Tobacco Grove in limited quantity. As expected after the announcement, Viaje followers brought Tobacco Grove’s website to its knees and were unable to place online orders. I was fortunate enough to lay my hands on a nutritious 10pack. Without further ado, I present to you – A Tripple Band Monster :)

Considering my artistic skills, I would like to call out Andre’s design team and point out the chaotic band look that was created around the cigar. Although I can appreciate color wheel contrast, from purpose and color perspective, this cigar would have looked a lot classier with one of the LE bands. See photograph #7 and draw your own conclusion. Moving on to the actual cigar. Pre-light inspection: well applied wrapper, blended seams, one noticeable vein, double torpedo (* both ends closed), overall visual appearance / construction – flawless. I cut both ends with my trusty Palio cutter. In burning department, fairly tight ash falling off in 3/4″ inch dark-grey chunks. Slightly wavy burn line which corrected itself multiple times throughout the experience. As for as flavors, if I was to label this cigar with one identifier, I would say – SPICE throughout the entire cigar. Second would be woodiness with hints of chocolate and nuttiness. Definitely some bitterness in all three parts.

Overall, good cigar but in my humble opinion, not box worthy, especially considering the price tag. I will let the rest of the pack rest for few more months to see if the cigar will mature, drop the bitterness and balance a bit more.

Country of Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Length: 5.75″
Ring: 52

Construction > Great
Burn > Good
Enjoy > Average
Recommend > Yes
Buy > 5-pack

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