Best Cigar Prices Blog

Cigar Review – Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades The Rapier 5


As its name would suggest, Viaje’s Honey & Hand Grenades blend combines strength and sweetness in a Nicaraguan puro, according to company president Andre Farkas. This highly anticipated line made its debut at IPCPR 2012 in Orlando this past summer and has been turning heads ever since with its striking presentation and unusual shape. All four sizes of the HHG feature a rounded head and torpedo-style foot, a unique variation on the traditional Cuban Perfecto. This, along with a blazing red foil covering most of the cigars, makes the HHG tend to really stand out from the pack. This afternoon I pulled out a sample of the Rapier (6 ½ x44) for today’s review.

The Rapier’s near-flawless Criollo wrapper was dark, smooth, and had just a bit of a marbled look to it. In addition to its odd shape the cigar had one other unique feature, a tiny pinhole puncture in the cap that Farkas has explained as a way to assist in drying cigars with a closed foot. The closed torpedo-foot made pre-light tastes a little difficult, so I skipped right to toasting the pointed tip, which also felt rather weird.

The cigar lit up easier than I had expected, and immediately I was met with a hefty dose of red pepper spice, along with a tinge of malty sweetness. This stick was pumping out loads of dense, white smoke with each puff, and the burn was off to a pretty straight start with just a slight wobble to it. About an inch in a new note of cinnamon-like baking spice popped up and a neat, dark grey/black-striped ash was coming along nicely.

A little further in a cream note entered the fold, taking the edge off of the super-full flavors at play. By this point the red pepper spice had faded out of the profile, leaving rich cedar and leather as the dominant flavors. The malty sweetness from earlier had morphed into a thick molasses note that provided the spicy/sweet balance in this portion of the smoke.

In the final third I was treated to heavy leather and cocoa as the flavors climbed back up to full. The profile here was simultaneously robust and smooth, and the cigar stayed cool-burning with clean flavor until the end.

The Viaje Honey & Hand Grenades Rapier scores a lot of points with me for living up to its description. This cigar was equal parts strong and sweet, and is a testament to Farkas’ adept blending skills. The cool packaging and presentation works as a nice compliment to an interesting and well-thought-out blend. Like I said, the pointy foot is a bit strange, but it didn’t seem to effect the performance of the cigar, at least in this particular case. Based on today’s smoke I give the HHG Rapier a well-deserved A grade.  If you like em’ strong, smooth, and sweet, this one’s for you. Check out the video review here.

 

Have any questions or comments on our latest review/ Feel free to post them below, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest cigar news, updates, and reviews.

 


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

5 thoughts on “Cigar Review – Viaje Honey and Hand Grenades The Rapier

  • Neemu
    Excellent goods from you, man. I've understand your stuff previous to and you're just too fantastic. I actually like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it sensible. I can not wait to read much more from you. This is really a wonderful website. Look into my weblogthere free psn code (Neemu)
  • firany gotowe
    Hi, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, wonderful blog!
  • projektowanie
    It's a shame you don't have a donate button! I'd certainly donate to this fantastic blog! I guess for now i'll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!
  • bdminds.com
    Thhis design is wicked! Youu most certainly know how too keep a reader entertained. Between your wiit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost...HaHa!) Fantastic job. I realkly enjoyed what you had to say, and ore than that, how you presented it. Too cool!
  • sims freeplay
    What's up i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this article i thought i could also create comment due to this good paragraph.