The Viaje Cigar Co. is celebrating the Halloween season by resurrecting its yearly Viaje Full Moon, a 5 inch by 58 ring gauge cigar with a closed foot and all-Nicaraguan blend. This week, retailers will be receiving the festive 24-count boxes, each decorated with jack-o’-lanterns, ravens, and the typical colors of Halloween.
The Nicaraguan puros were made in Honduras at the Raices Cubanas factory and have suggested retail prices of $11.41 each. Only 400 boxes were produced.
When the Viaje Full Moon was first released in 2013, the cigars came in large, round boxes that were packaged in outer cardboard carrying cases. This rather elaborate packaging was eventually simplified.
“While the packaging on the old boxes was fun, they were too large, which made shipping and production very expensive,” said brand owner Andre Farkas, who eventually changed the large, round packaging to more traditionally shaped rectangular boxes, though the colors and Halloween motifs are still the same. The prices reflect the change, as the previous price per cigar was $2 higher.
The blend, which consists of Aganorsa tobacco, is based around a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper from the Jalapa region.
“It’s the same blend as previous releases,” Farkas said. “But you have to remember, with Viaje, everything is a vintage, so you will see some variation from year to year.”
This article first appeared in the October 17, 2017 issue of Cigar Insider.