Curivari Cigars is a brand that I have been intrigued by for a while now and the Curivari Reserva Limitada 4000 is the reason. I first smoked the Reserva Limitada 4000 at a herf about 9 months ago. A buddy of mine handed me one and told me I was going to love it. I had heard of Curivari and seen photos online, but my local B&M didn’t have them in stock yet. As you may know, herfs can get a little crazy, so by the end of the day I had smoked 3-4 different sticks, but I remembered the profile of that Curivari and decided I was going to explore their line a little more.
Curivari Cigars has a handful of different lines available, all of which are Nicaraguan puros. Their newest is the Achilles, which was released at ICPRP 2013. Here is a breakdown of their offerings:
Curivari cigars are made with 100% Cuban seed Nicaraguan tobacco.
We blend for a classic Cuban flavor profile that we enjoy, not with focus on strength, but more looking for flavor and aroma in a right balance. All cigars are finished with a triple cap.
It is a recognition to the efforts, our pride and honor when you enjoy our cigars. – CurivariCigars.com
Size: 6.5 x 54
Pre-Light: The Curivari Reserva Limitada 4000 had a very clean and classic look. It was a densely packed torpedo with an oily wrapper and no soft spots. I liked the simple look of the white band and gold typeface. The wrapper had a nice aroma of cinnamon and tobacco, while the foot smelled of baking spice. The cold draw was perfect and had that graham cracker flavor that I love.
Beginning: One thing I rarely comment on is a cigar’s aroma. I will make an exception in the case of the Curivari Reserva Limitada 4000. The aroma really grabbed me as I was toasting the foot and it held on throughout my experience. It was a pleasant and welcoming aroma that reminded me of freshly brewed coffee and cookies in the oven.
The first puff produced notes of coffee and wood in the front and a mild, molasses sweetness in the back. The texture of the smoke was silky smooth, both in the mouth and on the retrohale. As we reached the 1/2″ mark, a nutty flavor (a mix of cashew and peanut) showed up and brought an excellent balance to things. There was an interesting tangy, raisin note that would come and go throughout the first inch or so. It never gained any consistency, but was pleasant nonetheless.
Middle: As I reached the midpoint, the notes of coffee, wood and molasses remained. The nutty flavor transitioned into a sweet cream and seemed to thicken up the flavors. The strength was medium at this point and the construction was spot on. In the latter half of the cigar, the flavors and strength took a step forward. Everything about the cigar intensified a step or two. The flavors melded together and found a perfect balance, while the strength crept up to a medium-plus.
End: There was little change as I approached the end of the Curivari Reserva Limitada 4000. The flavors really hit their stride at the midpoint and held that course through to the end.