Curivari Buenaventura CigarsIt’s difficult to track down information on Curivari Buenaventura cigars, because the Nicarauga-based company is a boutique and is fairly private. Even with that, though, the business made some noise at this year’s IPCPR with its new line. A combination of solid construction, complex flavors and affordability makes it worth the price of admission.

The Curivari Buenaventura cigars come in three vitolas: the BV 500 (5 1/4 x 50), the BV 560 (5 1/2 x 56) and the BV 600 gordo (6 x 60). Like other sticks from this boutique, these have a very Cuban look to them, and are slightly box pressed from the factory. The color is uniform across the wrapper, and is a healthy milk chocolate. The paper also holds some oil, and has a slight sheen to it. There are no significant design flaws to speak of, and there is only a touch of veining and tooth in the stogie. It lights readily, and grabs onto the flame and keeps it. The burn line is sharp and reviewers were unanimous in stating that it required no touching up.

The tobaccos in this stick come from Nicaragua, and even though the filler is packed tightly in the wrapper, it still produces excellent amounts of white smoke. Everything about the Curivari Buenaventura cigars screams “Cuban”, especially in the construction, but the label and cap are also classic in their appearance.

The stick opens up with very rustic flavors, with earth and cocoa playing the major parts. Reviewers like the balance between the two, and feel that it is firmly in the medium-bodied zone. Normally, Nicaraguan puros come with some strong spice, but this one is content to duck that trope. The reviewers start diverging in their experience once they reach the halfway point. Some get a fresh bread taste that is coupled with a sugary, molasses note that evokes biscuits with syrup. Others get a still earthier combination of cocoa, wood, damp earth and chalk. In either case, the stogie stays in medium-bodied territory. A sharp tobacco layer sits in the background during the entire experience, and ties all of the disparate notes together.

Like with other sticks from the company, Curivari Buenaventura cigars feature excellent burn, all the way down to the nub. This one produces grey ash that holds onto the stogie for a little over an inch before letting go. The smoke is bright white, voluminous and has a cedar aroma to it. Because it never really strays into harsh notes or full bodied strength, it is a nice option for novices. However, it is complex enough in its flavor to attract aficionados.

At $5-$6 a pop, this is premium quality at an affordable price. Because Curivari is a smaller boutique, it may be difficult to find these guys on the shelves, so online purchasing, auctions or backordering are probably going to be needed to secure a box. Reviewers did state that a little time in the humidor would help flesh the flavor out more, so make sure there’s one ready to go before buying up a box of Curivari Buenaventura cigars.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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