In January, Viaje announced an addition to the pepper series, the Scotch Bonnet. This marks the fifth in the line and was availalbe later in the month. A Scotch Bonnet is a type of chili pepper named for its resemblance to a tam o’ shanter hat.
Blend details were not released, but the vitola is a 4 7/8 x 50 like the rest of the pepper line and come in 25 count boxes. The other in the series are: Jalapeño, Ghost Pepper, GP 10.31, and Viaje Carolina Reaper. Recently Viaje announced earlier in the year they were stopping production of the Ghost Pepper cigars.
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Factory: TABSA
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Size: 4 7/8
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Vitola: Figurado
- MSRP: $8.56
Nice and oily to the touch with a few medium sized veins running the length of the cigar. There’s a well applied triple cap, very tight seams, and a nipple shaped foot. Only a slight note of leather from the wrapper and foot; but this may be due to the almost closed foot.
The first few puffs is a heavy oily red pepper and a surprising level of citrus. There’s a very nice smoke output that is creamy on the palate. Dry leather soon settles on a super long finish with baking spice and grain.
The strength has picked up considerably from the first third. It’s starting to hit medium-full closer to the full side. Oily red pepper
still coats the tongue with a long leather finish. The citrus notes have almost disappeared but the grain notes are more like bready notes with the oily red pepper. .
A toasted woody note has started at the beginning of this third. The red pepper has picked up and citrus has rejoined the party with bread and baking spice rounding out the profile.
I was impressed with how cool this burned through out. Probably due to the top notch construction and the shape was a bit of a conversation starter. The flavors were clean, although very peppery, and it ended a little stronger in strength than I usually enjoy. Great short smoke on a cold day or if you’re in the mood for something a little on the stronger side of strength.