I love me some Curivari, so much so, they have made my top lists the last two years, and I would assume will probably make an appearance this year as well.  I recently smoked this blend in the torpedo format, and impressed with the cigar, so I set up a trade with DocWill on Cigar Federation to get some more.  The one thing that sucks about Curivari, is the lack of production, which means they are hard to find.  I took a second to chat with the owner at IPCPR, ad he said his focus this year was not to release new cigars; rather, continue producing high quality blends and delivering to his customers as the demand is increasing after getting a blend ranked in Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 list in 2013.

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

***Only hint of the leaf is Cuban Seed Criollo and Corojo***

First Third: The draw began as a toasty bouquet of flavor, with hints of ginger snap cookies on the retrohale.  Rich nutty flavors teased my tongue on the draw, with a cedar note on the tail of the retro complimenting the profile. Graham crackers hit as well, so there was a definite cookie or bread thing going on, while rich roasted peanuts came out of the nutty notes as well.  I swear at the end, I got a popcorn note…, weird.

 

Second Third: The nutty rich draw floated in and out of the flavor profile, while the popcorn notes seemed to hit both the draw and retrohale.  White pepper showed up on the tongue, and the nutty flavors combined with the bready notes of the first third, to create an almond cookie taste.  Think of those almond cookies you get at Chinese food joints, that’s what I seemed to get.  The draw seemed to continue with the rich nutty cookie, along with hints of brown sugar, while the retro stuck to the white pepper and popcorn notes.  My note pad ended with, “very cool,” suggesting my palate was intrigued with the offering.

 

Final Third: The spice began to pick up, while the draw kept some of the creamy element, but only for a second.  The flavor quickly changed over to feature the white pepper with a decent amount of kick.  The almond and peanut flavors still hit in different fashions, ping ponging back and forth.  Overall the spice balanced well, a bit much for my tastes, but not enough to deter me from the cigar. 

Construction: nothing to report

Final Thoughts: 5 Pack – 89. I am rating this cigar an 89, high on the five pack scale, as I did enjoy this enough to buy more in different vitolas.  The reality is, I liked the belicoso more, and had I not smoked it, the robusto was good enough to entice me to check out other vitolas.  Had I reviewed the belicoso, my rating would have been higher, as I feel like the large ring gauge and size mellowed the spice and balanced the flavor in my favor.  So for those interested in the blend, I would suggest the robusto for anyone looking for a bit more kick, and the belicoso for more balance.  I would not say this is a spicy cigar by any means, and is geared towards a medium-bodied fan like myself.  

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Comment by Guy Buscema on August 4, 2014 at 7:15am

Nice review Dustin , well done Indeed .

Guy,

France

Comment by Docwill on August 4, 2014 at 8:25am

I found a little more sweetness in the Belicoso. I think this review is pretty spot on the flavor profile. Very good cigar and review.

Comment by Generally Useful Jared on August 4, 2014 at 8:47am
Sounds pretty tasty to me.
Comment by Charlie on August 4, 2014 at 10:01am

I have had bad luck with Curivari, my local B&M carries them and I see ppl buying them like there EL's. I have tried each one of there blends and didn't like anyone I smoked idk what it is. 

Comment by Catfishbluezz on August 4, 2014 at 10:24am

@Doc I think that may be the case.  The beli was pure love, and I woudl probably rate it pretty high.  The robo def missed it a bit, but was still good.  

@Charlie it happens man.  I ahve yet to enjoy a La Palina or Four Kicks, yet so many rave about them.  Sometimes out palates just don't hit certain companies.  He blends strong with a specific corojo.  The white band reserva 4000 is his best blend if you have not had it.  

Comment by Docwill on August 4, 2014 at 10:48am

I am guessing here but I think you might rate the S.P. Maduro a little higher?


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Comment by Matt Ross on August 4, 2014 at 11:12am

I can understand the Four Kicks, but you don't like the La Palinas? WHAT?!!

Good review - surprised you didn't rate it higher with your love of Curivari. Why don't they have any social media presence?

Comment by Catfishbluezz on August 4, 2014 at 11:17am

The guy is not one for social interaction man...  He's a behind the scenes cat.  I would imagine once he gets big enough, he will hire someone for it.  But yeah, the Beli I would rate in the 90's, but objectively speaking, this was good enough to buy other sizes.  It's hard to rate, I may have even rated this lower had I never had the beli. The beli is fantastic though, so it clouded my judgement a bit, and the reality is I have already bought more then a fiver.

I give any and all La Palina away...  Nothing they have done has excited me in any way other then the classic.

Comment by Charlie on August 4, 2014 at 3:01pm

Like I was saying I have tried one size of each blend and have not even liked one of them, didn't even think they were decent. Your right about that its all about the palate. I have heard that Curivari doesn't do any advertising.


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Comment by Mickey irratebass on August 5, 2014 at 9:43am

I fricking LOVE Curivari man, only been 1 I didn't care for and I can't remember which one it is heh

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