Line: Archetype Initiation
Size: Corona (5 x 46)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
Cigars Smoked for Review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Ventura Cigars
Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
The Archetype line consists of five different cigars, the Dreamstate, Sage Advice, Strange Passage, Initiation, and Axis Mundi. The Initiation and Axis Mundi lines are made by Drew Estate in Nicaragua, and the other three are made by Oettinger Davidoff AG in the Dominican Republic and Honduras. For this review I smoked the Initiation.
The wrapper is dark khaki in color with some lighter spots. The appearance was very smooth with minimal veins and only one minor blemish spot.
The prelight draw had a very unique musty mushroom quality and hints of smoky wood.
The first few puffs brought cream, sweet cedar and woody flavors. As I progressed into the cigar some black pepper spice came into the mix on the retrohale. As I continued through the first third, the predominate flavors remained wood and cream, along with some sweetness that would come and go. As I neared the end of the first third a savory red pepper type of spice started to develop. The wood flavors and this spice quality really hit the middle of my tongue and lingered there creating a long finish. The retrohale stayed very creamy with hints of cedar and sweetness.
Going into the second third I started to notice an interesting citrus quality coming into the mix and the overall profile remained very woody with classic tobacco flavors. The cream took on a sweet quality that when mixed with the citrus flavors created a profile that reminded me of an orange creamsicle. As the second third continued the citrus quality faded and the predominate flavor went back to heavy wood and very classic tobacco flavors. These flavors lingered heavily on my palate. As I neared the end of the second third I started to notice an herbal quality that provided an interesting contrast. The wood was dominating the middle of my tongue and then the back sides were picking up the other more delicate herbal flavors.
The final third transitioned firmly into wood flavors of cedar and some darker almost campfire qualities. These were backed by the continually creamy retrohale and a slight vanilla type of sweetness. As the cigar came to an end I noticed the temperature starting to pick up, but the flavors never became harsh.
This was a solid medium in body and strength with the flavors tipping into the medium-full zone at times. The burn was not perfect but it always self-corrected and didn’t detract from my experience in any way. Something I found unique about the smoking experience of this cigar was how heavy the flavors were on my palate and tongue, but the retrohale remained very light and almost refreshing all the way through.
I enjoyed my time with this cigar, it brings classic woody cigar flavors along with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. I think this cigar would go well with a fruity higher acidity coffee, as a late morning or afternoon smoke. I also think this would pair well with a sweet finishing bourbon like Elijah Craig 12 Year/Small Batch or an Old Fashioned.
Total smoking time was was about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Jason’s Rating: 88 AKA “Five Pack”