This is more like What did you smoke yesterday and finish today? Viaje Roman Candle (more like yard stick). 9x50 with a rumored Maduro wrapper. As I unwrap this stick from it's red paper sleeve I actually giggle to myself. I think to myself what did I get myself into now? As a few of you know here I am a glutton for punishment so let's kick things up a notch. Grabbed a Stout from the fridge that's been sitting in there a few months. I figure this is a good occasion as any to drink it. Upon cracking the lid of the can I see the ABV is 17%. Hoo Boy we are in for an experience tonight folks. Anyways, back to the cigar review...
Not much coming off the wrapper that I can pick up. Mostly a natural tobacco smell which is weird considering it's supposed to be a Maduro wrapper. From the foot the same. Well, let's cut the end off this branch and get her started. Shocked that it didn't take that much to get this lit up. I figured I would be using half the butane in my lighter but no. Off the start I am getting a smooth natural tobacco and light cedar. I will take it. I'm not really sure on whether I will get changes in the profile in thirds so I'm more going with every hour updates. After the first hour is up I see that I only burned up an inch and a half on this nine inch monstrosity. Still getting that natural tobacco and cedar but I'm also picking up a lemon zest which definately didn't come from the stout I drank.
After the 2nd hour still getting a smooth natural tobacco core with the lemon zest. I'm now getting a bit of pepper also. I'm still waiting for this roman candle to start shooting balls of flames from it's foot into the neighbors yard but no go. I send a text to @kacey
at the end of the 2 hour mark and I'm almost at the halfway mark of this cigar.
At the 3rd hour I look at the time on my phone. It says 9:45 pm and it's starting to get dark here. I'm starting to get some vitamin N from this. What have I gotten myself into again I think to myself. I start to get bored because there isn't much of a change in flavor profile with this cigar. I must soldier on for Science though.
4th hour there is still 3 inches left and I'm ready to throw in the towel. It's still burning like a champ. No construction issues. It's just nothing has changed still. I think this would be a great cigar if your grilling,golfing,or anything else where you don't have to concentrate on a cigar. Maybe I will light another up in 2-3 months to see if anything wakes up flavor wise (I'm hoping so).
5th hour mark and just over an inch left and I can barely keep my eyes open. The skunks are out too in the backyard and I don't wish to be a victim so I'm throwing in the towel and calling it a night. I've smoked a few Opus X A's in my cigar journey and I think those are 9 1/2 x 50 and those last like 3 hours. I'm not sure what tobacco is in the Viaje Roman Candle but to be able to get over 5 hours smoking at my regular cadence is something else. I honestly felt stupid holding this thing until I got around to Churchill size. Good thing I was in my backyard and the neighbors didn't see me. Anyways, I'm giving this a 6/10 which is good for it being ROTT pretty much. Letting the others nap a bit. A few pics below. I think I stopped taking pictures at the 3 hour mark. Sorry for the rambling but a cigar this big takes up a lot of room