May 13, 2021

Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Super Shot (2021)

Two years ago today I reviewed the first release of the Zombie Super Shot. It was a brand new addition to the Super Shot portfolio, Zombie as well, and in my opinion was the company's way of allowing smokers to have the opportunity to smoke a Zombie while not smoking a Zombie. I was grabbed by the packaging and intrigued by the size so I picked up the cigar and after smoking through a handful was very pleased with my purchase. Since then, I have always made it a goal to get a solid amount of the Zombie Super Shorts, and that is so I could smoke some now and let the others age. Well, the 2021 release hit the shelves recently so I am here today to see how the 2021 release smokes and see if it is as good as the 2019 and 2020 releases. It is always great to see how vintages smoke, and with a company like Viaje you really get the chance to compare vintages. 

The Zombie Super Shot comes in the same style cardboard boxes as the other Super Shots, but is decorated with the head of a zombie that just got shot between the eyes, a kill on any zombie. It comes with no bands, and because of that you should separate these from other Super Shots and label them as well. The Zombie Super Shot measures 3.5" with a 54 ring gauge, and is made at Raices Cubanas in Honduras. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro, and is finishes with a dark Criollo '98 wrapper. The petit robusto has a closed foot and in terms of packaging and presentation I love the cigar. The Zombie Super Shot has a nice dark marbled color wrapper and it is very smooth with few oils present. There are a few veins throughout the cigar that are present, but they are not major. The cigar has a nice triple cap and the closed foot is a nice touch to the cigar. The aroma is of rich earth and damp wood, and I am getting that on the closed foot and wrapper.

The first half opens up by showing some awesome sweet spice notes and it is paired with some solid strong tobacco flavors. There are touches of rich earth present as well, and I am getting a nice chocolate and coffee flavor profile on top of that. There is a finish of damp wood and it is still rocking those sweet spice flavors that have touches of black pepper qualities. The construction thus far has been terrific and it is producing an even burn line with a nice light charcoal colored ash on the end. The ash is holding on firmly, nearly to the halfway point, and I am getting a decent amount of smoke with each cool draw. I would classify the cigar as being medium-full to full in this half, and it goes well with the flavors which are at the same level. So far, the cigar is smoking great and this Viaje is smoking great for being young.

When I get into the second half I find that there is a nice increase in the rich earth and chocolate flavors, and I am picking up some thick maple syrup like flavors. It has this chocolate pancake with syrup flavor which is great, and it is followed by some nice sweet spice notes that are pairing with some black pepper, cinnamon and coffee qualities. The flavors are still smoking at that medium-full level and it is right there with the body and strength. With the size, flavors, strength, and body, this is a cigar I could smoke consistently through the afternoon and evening. It does not lose any of its wonderful qualities, and it smokes cool and flavorful to the nub. The construction continues to be top notch in this half and I am getting that razor sharp burn line alongside the light charcoal ash and the ash holds on firmly with a decent amount of smoke being produced.

The Zombie Super Shot is by far the best seasonal production Super Shot, and it is the best Zombie blend in my opinion as well. They age wonderfully and are great young. Both the 2019 and 2020 vintage are superb, and the same goes for the 2021 release. It produces an abundance of rich flavors, and the flavors are complex and showing a lot of depth. The construction has always been stellar with the releases as well, and I have yet to have a problem with any of the smokes. I actually find myself loving the size as well, though it is not a size I gravitate towards, and because of its shorter length and more traditional ring gauge, it makes for a great 45 minute smoke. In my opinion, it is a cigar worth buying a box of and that is because they are great to smoke now and with age. I always look forward to Spring releases, and that is because of the Zombie Super Shot. I give the cigar a solid 91 rating.

Seth's Humidor Rating: 91

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