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.
***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.