Here we are with another limited edition cigar (that I am a little late reviewing) from Viaje. This time it's another Skull and Bones release called the MOAB (mother of all bombs). This cigar is from the third release in the Skull and Bones series, but with a red and black band instead of the red and white. There were two vitolas for this release and I am reviewing the 4 1/4 X54 torpedo. 100 cases of 50 were produced earlier this year. This Nicaraguan Puro has a Sun Grown Criollo wrapper.
This short fat cigar has a dark wrapper with a deep red hue to it when held under the sunlight and an overall even feel to the roll. There is a really pungent smell coming off of the wrapper and the foot and the prelight draw is on the loose side with flavors of leather and dark chocolate. Once lit the MOAB starts out with tongue tingling spice, leather, earth and some dark coffee flavors. The spice slams into the back of the throat for the first few minutes of this cigar but seems to be backing off as I get a little further into it. After just a few minutes into this cigar the burn is already starting to get really wavy. Half an inch in and the earth and leather has suddenly been replaced with a woody core flavor. This is a very full flavored and full strength cigar as I reach the halfway point.
As I enter the final third, the wood flavor is still at the core of the flavor profile but with that black pepper spice returning in full force with some dark chocolate behind it. The burn is still all over the place, needing to be corrected more than I would prefer. This is burning much faster than I would like as well, due to the looser draw and having to touch it up so often. At least it isn't burning hot though. This is a powerhouse of a cigar with a long spicy finish.
Overall the Skull and Bones MOAB was a tasty cigar, but the burn issues took away from the smoking experience a bit. This cigar isn't for the faint of heart, it is very full bodied with plenty of strength. I think some age would round this cigar out nicely and hopefully correct some of the burn issues. The size of this cigar isn't one I really like smoking, especially at the almost $10 pricetag. In my opinion this is overpriced for what it is. I have no problem dropping a little extra money for some limited editions, this just isn't one of them. That being said, I was happy to have the chance to try it and I did enjoy the flavors it delivered. I found it to be better than the Skull and Bones ? release but not as complex as the original Skull and Bones Daisy Cutter.