When it comes to celebrating our warriors, Viva Republica apparently has a motto of go big or go home. Just in time for Veterans Day, the company announced a limited edition fundraising cigar supporting Operation: Cigars for Warriors. The cigar retailed for $6, and all proceeds from the wholesale of the cigar to authorized retailers (about $6,000) went directly to Operation: Cigars for Warriors. The limited edition run of 2,000 cigars was the first of its kind for Viva Republica and cigars were shipped to stores in time for Veterans Day on November 10th, 2014. “For Veteran’s Day this year, I wanted to do something for an organization that I truly believe in,” said Jason Holly, owner of Viva Republica. “The volunteers of Operation: Cigars for Warriors work tirelessly to get cigars to the men and women fighting for our country.”
We were so thankful for Viva’s support because not only was the special run a first for Viva Republica, it was a first for Operation: Cigars for Warriors. The proceeds from the sales of the cigars are expected to be the largest single cash donation in the nonprofit’s history. “The support of Viva Republica could not have come at a better time,” said Storm Boen, Chairmen of the Board for Operation: Cigars for Warriors. “Every month, we have more requests from active duty troops than our all-volunteer organization can fill, and the donation from the sale of Viva’s cigars will be used to defray our shipping costs when sending cigars to troops overseas.”
The limited edition cigar measures 5 1/8 ” x 42 and is a medium-plus smoke. It was designed to be a smoke that is bold and flavorful. “This release features a prototype Nicaraguan wrapper I have been working with,” said Holly. “In terms of the blend, it’s a bit of different style than the regular production portfolio.”
Bill Elsasser of Cigar Reviews was able to get his mitts on a few and was happy to give us his take on this charity release smoke.
Viva Republica Charitable Release is a really pleasant cigar from cold draw to the nub. It smells like hay, not overpowering, just a nice aroma cold. First light you get a terrific complex set of flavors on the palate. It’s mild+ for me and is creamy, rich. Retrohale is marked by a little spice ( not pepper) and sweetness. The smoke is plentiful and sweet as well. This one lasted 45 minutes and was consistent from first puff to the last. Truly a winner cigar with a winning mission for our WARRIORS who sacrifice every day for us to enjoy our lives and our passion. – Cigar Reviews
It looks like the cigar was a hit on many fronts. Our thanks to Jason Holly and Viva Republica.