When it comes to their Friends and Family line, Viaje is known to be low key when it comes to the release of this cigar. This week a new size of the Viaje Friends and Family has begun to appear at the company’s authorized retailers. The Viaje Friends and Family Merci introduces a 5 1/2 x 54 vitola into the line and becomes the fourth vitola to be released in this blend.
The Viaje Friends and Family line was originally designed as a blend by Viaje President Andre Farkas as a personal blend for himself and people he was close to. While it is small batch like most Viaje releases, this blend tends to be more limited with most retailers receiving one to two boxes maximum.
Friends and Family made its debut in 2012 when a small batch of the Viaje Friends and Family Cadeau, a box-pressed Churchill was released. Later that year a second release of the Cadeau made its way to stores. The cigar finished as the Cigar Coop #4 Cigar of the Year for 2012.
In March 2013, the second vitola, the Viaje Friends and Family Le Joueur was released. This introduced a box-pressed 5 x 52 robusto into the line. This was another small batch, limited production release. That cigar finished as the Cigar Coop #4 Line Extension for 2013.
|Viaje Friends and Family – Cadeau (Top), Le Joueur (Bottom)|
Last Fall, the third vitola of the line, the Viaje Friends and Family Bel Air, a 6 x 50 toro was released.
With a 54 ring gauge, the Viaje Friends and Family Merci becomes the largest ring in the series. There are 15 cigars per box.
At a glance, here is a look at the Viaje Friends and Family line.
While specific blend components have not been disclosed, the Friends and Family blend is a Nicaraguan puro.
The addition of the Bel Air brings the total vitolas in this blend released to three. Like the other sizes, it is box-press shape. All sizes were packaged in box counts of 15.
Merci: 5 1/2 x 54
Bel Air: 6 x 50
Cadeau: 7 x 48
Le Joueur: 5 x 52