Three of the more popular Viaje releases were shipped to retailers as a part of Viaje’s May, 2016 release. These cigars include the Viaje Oro Reserva VOR No. 5, Viaje Platino Reserva No. 6, and the Viaje Exclusivo Leaded. All three cigars are special offshoots of Viaje blends.
The Viaje Oro Reserva VOR No. 5 and Viaje Platino Reserva No. 6 are special versions of Viaje’s two original lines, Oro and Platino respectively. Both started out as core lines before company President Andre Farkas made them small batch to be consistent with the rest of the company. While both are Nicaraguan puros featuring a Nicaraguan Corojo 99 wrapper, but the Oro is considered to be more “amp’d up”. The Reserva blend are small batch releases takes things to another step as each contains some older tobacco as well as some additional ligero. When the Reserva lines made their debut in 2010, it was released in one box-press size per blend with the Viaje Oro Reserva VOR No 5 (a 5 1/2 x 52 box-press Robusto) and the Viaje Platino Reserva VPR No. 6 (a 6 x 50 box-press Toro).
The Viaje Oro Reserva VOR No. 5 would go on to become Viaje’s most critically acclaimed release as it captured Cigar Aficionado’s #2 Cigar of the Year for 2010.
The Viaje Oro Reserva VOR No. 5 has not been released since 2013 while the Viaje Platino Reserva VPR No 6 has not been released since 2012. Both blends did make an appearance in 2014, but in a 7 x 50 Churchill size.
The Viaje Exclusivo Leaded is an off-shot of the Viaje Exclusivo line. The Exclusivo line, what has started out as a personal blend for Viaje President Andre Farkas and eventually became a regular production line for Viaje. The Exclusivo Leaded is different than the rest of the line in that it incorporates medio tiempo tobacco, one of the highest priming leafs that only grows on a small percentage of tobacco plants. Medio tiempo is known to provide strength, body, and flavor. The Exclusivo Leaded has been released only one previous time – back in February 2014.
Like the 2014 edition of the Viaje Exclusivo Leaded, the cigar is available in one size – a 5 x 52 Robusto.
Photo Credits: Viaje Facebook