Let me start by giving you an idea of my preferences when it comes to cigars. A few years ago we had an event in our store and the sales rep from the manufacturer asked me what kind of cigar I liked so he could pick one out for me to try. I responded with “ I like 100% corona ligero blended with crushed red pepper and dipped in gasoline”. So whenever someone says that a new cigar is right in my wheelhouse, it has to mean that it’s a powerful smoke, and that’s what I was warned of with the Viaje Super Shot 10 & 12 cigars.
These cigars are little guys, but don’t let the size fool you. The Super Shot 10 (3.5 x 54) and 12 (3.25 x 52) are made to be the size of shotgun shells (10 and 12 gauge), and are packed in cardboard boxes similar to Remington shell cartons. They are enrobed with a beautifully oily dark brown wrapper with some reddish hints, and the wrapper is folded over the foot of the stick. The pre-light aroma and draw expose deep earthy and barnyard notes with an intriguing bit of sweetness.
I didn’t toast the foot, as I didn’t want to lose any of the punch from the extra wrapper leaf, and I’m convinced that it was a good strategy. This first puff was a blast of flint and pepper, unmatched in my memory. This is the closest I’ve ever gotten, in a cigar, to “too much of a good thing”. My salivary glands went crazy with the savory explosion. The cigar tamed down quickly, but still with an intense flavor that showcased sweet leather, pepper and deep coffee notes.
The silky wrapper made for a somewhat rustic, but very attractive appearance. On a cigar this short, a band would have been a pain, and, fortunately, the folks at Viaje decided to forgo one. The cigar lit and smoked very evenly, which can be problematic with short, chubby stogies but not with the Super Shots.
The aroma was heady and almost a bit aromatic, with an unusual sweet hint. Even though the smoke won’t last too much more than 30 to 40 minutes, the flavor lingers on the palate, and not in an unpleasant way. The biggest problem I had with either version was that I risked burning my lips and fingers because I wanted to smoke them down so far. It almost seems to be a waste talking about the burning characteristics considering the short length of the cigars, but they burn cleanly and evenly, even if it’s for not too much more than an inch and change.
Even though the Super Shots are amazingly rich, spicy and powerful, I wish that they would come up with something in more of a robusto or toro size as I didn’t want the cigar to end. I would heartily recommend either size to anyone who really likes raucously intense and robust smokes, but if super full-bodied firecrackers aren’t your bag, give these little beasts a wide berth- they will lay you low.