Our Score (3 / 5)


  • RH – 67% For 3 Weeks
  • MSRP – $9.10
  • Smoke Time – 1 Hour 20 Minutes
  • Wrapper – Mexican San Andrés
  • Year Released – 2018
  • Binder – Unknown
  • Filler – Unknown
  • Length – 6
  • Ring Gauge – 52
  • Vitola – Toro (Box Pressed)

Initial Reactions and Appearance

Viaje White Label Project Lemons to Lemonade has a toothy wrapper with a few large veins. It’s a densely packed cigar with one slight soft spot located just under the wrapper. A little barnyard funk and white pepper comes off the foot of the cigar, and after a straight cut, the unlit draw is quite mild.

First Third

Right after the initial light, the first few puffs provide a pleasant creamy sweetness. Pepper is present on the retrohale, but there’s actually a lot less than I had expected after smelling the foot. The first third of Viaje WLP Lemons to Lemonade starts off sweet and earthy, and a hint of coffee appears on the retrohale about halfway through. Once the coffee on the retrohale appears, the flavor lingers on every draw and plays nicely with the building sweetness.

Second Third

Going into the second third, the burn and construction are spot on. The coffee from before has faded away, and the flavors have now transitioned to a deeper caramelized taste. A few earthy undertones come in halfway through the second third, and there’s no pepper present on the retrohale. A slight bitterness appears toward the end of the second third. After a relatively mild first third, the strength and flavor have increased quite a bit.

Final Third

A small amount of pepper returns on the retrohale, and the sweetness—while still present—has faded into the background. Unfortunately, the bitterness noted before has intensified, and the smoke starts to become unpleasant. The bitterness builds and builds, overshadowing and drowning out all of the other flavors.

Would I Smoke Viaje White Label Project Lemons to Lemonade Again?

Maybe. Viaje WLP Lemons to Lemonade started off as a very pleasant cigar that, at points, hinted at some complex flavors. Unfortunately, they never fully developed, and instead gave way to a bitterness that ruined any chances of redemption in the final third. I think this cigar might improve with a bit more time, but I don’t think it will ever become something great.

 

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