Cigar Aficionado

Viaje’s New Cigars Spook Retailers This Halloween

The Viaje Cigar Co. is celebrating this Halloween with two limited-edition cigar brands presented in festive, season-appropriate packaging-Skull & Bones and Full Moon.

"This Skull & Bones is more like a line extension because we release a Skull & Bones each year outside of Halloween," said brand owner Andre Farkas. They'll come packaged in slide-lid boxes of 25 and are rolled in a "M?stery" shape which Farkas won't disclose. "It's a secret" he said cryptically "but the bands do, in fact, glow in the dark."

Farkas is also withholding the retail price of the Skull & Bones but did add that the cigar features a maduro wrapper and only 200 boxes were produced.

Also debuting this month is the Viaje Full Moon, a first-time release that comes packaged in an eye-catching circular box depicting a sinister jack-o-lantern on a solid black background.

Inside the round box are 24 Corojo-wrapped, 5 inch by 58 ring cigars, all of which are made of Nicaraguan tobacco. The inner lacquered box is protected by a decorative outer cardboard shell. Full Moons are set to retail for $11.40 each and, according to Farkas, come adorned with a special band that he wants to keep under wraps until the cigar officially hits retail shelves.

"This cigar was a couple of years in the making," said Farkas. "The boxes are by far the most elaborate packages I have ever put together." Only 400 boxes of Full Moon were produced.

Both the Skull & Bones and Full Moon are made at the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras.

This article first appeared in the October 22 issue of Cigar Insider.

"I'm spooked! Nice report. Looking forward to tasting these. " —October 29, 2013 09:47 AM
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"OMG. Wherever did Andre get the idea for a Halloween cigar? So original and amazing!" —October 24, 2013 12:44 PM