Viva Republica was founded by Jason Holly who has partnered up with La Aurora. Their first cigar, the Rapture, debuted at IPCPR in 2012. This particular blend, the Guerrilla Warfare, was introduced at IPCPR in 2013 as a petite corona. The corona vitola which is featured in this review was introduced later.
Brand: Viva Republica
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Dominican and Mexican
Filler: Dominican, Brazilian, Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full
Size: Corona 5 3/4 x 43
The wrapper on this cigar looks a little rough with a nice oily finish, and there is a sweet tobacco sent emerging from the foot. The cold draw has wood and earthy flavors with a bit of muted spice. The band is eye-catching with a black background and bright lime green print that is memorable and clean.
First Puffs- As I lit the cigar I got a hearty blast of spice followed by a woody after taste. The next couple of puffs were a mix of spicy black pepper, wood and a tiny hint of vanilla sweetness.
First third- More spice that has changed some into more of a white pepper flavor. Along with the white pepper the wood flavor has changed to more of an oak taste. The sweetness has disappeared at this point.
Second Third- Not too much of a change in flavor at this point. As this third of the cigar burns on there is some creaminess starting to develop. So far the stick is burning perfectly and has a great draw. Smoke production is on the heavy side with each draw.
Final Third- This final third is really tasty! The creaminess has morphed into full on chocolate. Also jumping into the mix are leather and coffee. This by far is the best part of the stick.
This cigar is really enjoyable. It starts off strong and only gets better. The final third of the cigar was on another level, just fantastic. The flavors mixed together perfectly and the smoke production was on point. These come 50 to a box, buy the whole box!