Line: Case Study - Limited Editions - CS/04
Size: Torpedo (5.5 x 52)
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder: Mexican Sumatra
Filler: Multi-Country Blend
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 Ventura Case Study line consists of 26 different blends. 16 of the blends are part of the Master Editions. The remaining 10 blends are part of the Limited Editions. For the Limited Editions, Ventura’s website says, “These blends utilize extremely rare and vintage tobaccos that are no longer available. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.” The CS/04 is a Limited Editions blend and is produced at Davidoff’s Occidental Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic.
This is a great looking cigar with a golden light brown wrapper and silky smooth appearance. The prelight draw had a sweet grassy quality with hints of black pepper. The aroma was that classic barnyard quality with smells of damp and musty hay.
The initial puffs are pure cream with a very buttery texture that really coated my mouth. As I got further into the cigar a grassy sweetness started to emerge, and a variety of grass and hay flavors started to intermingle with the creamy profile. Some very light hints of pepper were noticeable on the retrohale and the sides of my tongue. At about the one inch mark the pepper gave way to very delicate and light wood flavors along with toasted bread qualities.
Transitioning into the second third, the grass and hay flavors took a backseat to the woody and sweet cedar notes. The aroma of the cigar had a really pleasant sandalwood quality to it, and I felt like it was enhancing the overall experience. The finish of the cigar remained very creamy with the gentle wood tones lingering on the palate. As the second third came to an end I noticed some lightly roasted nutty flavors.
The woody flavors continued into the final third and the creamy quality actually kicked up a notch bringing a more noticeable sweetness along. The sweetness had a corn cereal quality to it that really went nicely with the creamy tones. Some cigars start to get harsh toward the end, but thing just kept ramping up the creaminess until the very end.
In many respects this is a very classic Connecticut, mild in strength, with body and flavor on the more mild side of medium. This was uniquely smooth and one of the creamiest cigars I have ever smoked. The flavors were very delicate and I did feel like the smoke delivered a good level of complexity; I just really had to focus my attention. This type of cigar is outside of my personal wheelhouse but I think a person who enjoys mild cigars and Connecticut's would have a great experience with this blend. The MSRP on this cigar feels high since there are so many great Connecticut's on the market today, but it’s understandable given the vintage tobaccos and where it’s being made. In the $12 range I’m going to be looking for a different type of smoking experience personally.
If you get the chance to try this, make sure you have a fresh palate, and are in the mood for a mild cigar experience. I do think It’s well worth your time to try under the right circumstances. I think this cigar would pair really well with a light roast coffee or latte.
Total smoking time was about 1.5 hours
Jason’s Rating: 85 AKA a “Couple”