Last year I rated the Curivari 4000 Reserva Limitada my number two cigar of the year and became an immediate fan of the Curivari brand. Over the past year, I have had almost all the cigars in their line, but luckily, I got my hands on the Seleccion Privada at IPCPR from one of the nice ladies at their booth. I smoked the maduro right after the show and was very impressed. The natural has been in my review humidor staring me down ever since, and I finally got around to pulling it. In my opinion, Curivari is putting out some of the finest Nicaraguan puro's and are one of the main reasons I changed my mind about the cigars coming out of this country. Not much information is readily available, other then these are Nicaraguan cigars employing Cuban seed corojo and criollo.
Dry Draw: Tons of sweet gooey molasses notes
First Third: The Seleccion Privada started out with tons of depth up front, as notes were hitting my palate with a fury of flavor. My note pad had the following on it: molasses, honey, nuts, cinnamon, sweet milk chocolate, toffee. To say I was impressed with the depth of the profile is an understatement. The molasses and toffee notes stood out as the main flavors for this third, with a smooth retrohale and medium body. There was a small hook in the wrapper, which seems to be common with this brand, but it corrected itself naturally.
Second Third: A subtle sugar sweetness arrived and sat on the tip of my tongue. The back of my mouth was picking up cocoa, cedar, and some latte notes as the draw became very creamy. The molasses core stayed consistent in this third again, and continually developed complexity and depth.
Final Third: The burn was still a bit funky, and required a touch up at this stage. The sweetness had left, but the molasses was still there. Honey notes seemed to pick up and take the place of the cocoa and latte notes from the middle. The Seleccion Privada did become a bit dry here, and it really reminded me of a heavy corojo blend. The ending was fantastic, and the retro was still picking up the molasses note right down to the nub.
Construction: this one did have some burn issues that required corrections
Final Thoughts: Add to Cart, that is my final thoughts. I am buying a box of the natural and maduro, and for the price, you cannot beat the value. This is a brand I tend to judge other brands off of, in that the flavor they produce for the value of the cigars is ridiculous to me. I try cigars all the time in the $10 range, and limited runs from companies that come nowhere close to the flavor and depth of Curivari blends. This is another hit for me, and I highly recommend it. Granted, the lack of spice may not deliver the flavors a full-bodied enthusiast will like. However, there is no reason you should not try this, as it has enough flavor for an early cigar and an after dinner smoke. Curivari just made my list again.