The Ventura PSyKo SEVEN came as a 2 pack by way of a giveaway Ventura hosted in November 2013. The only other Ventura cigar I had ever tried was the custom release they did for Reddit /r/cigars.
Careful examination reveals spices and cedar. The nose is light for strength.
The Ventura PSyKo SEVEN comes as a robusto, toro, gordito or gordo. I reviewed the sampler in the robusto vitola which measures 5.5” x 50 ring gauge. It sports an enormous band that wraps around the majority of the cigar, with a regular sized cigar band underneath.
The PSyKo SEVEN is manufactured out of the Dominican Republic but is a hybrid of Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan, US and Peru filler. Originally announced at the July 2013 IPCPR, they were released in 20 count boxes in August of 2013.
Sweet earth, pepper and cedar. The pepper is mild to medium intensity and the sweet earth falls off and becomes sweet leather about 10 minutes in.
Initially the flavors are quite complex however as the first third winds down I’m just tasting the primary leather flavor.
The earth that fell off completely comes back here although quite light and subtle. The leather falls off and I would say the flavor complexity is on the lighter side of medium. The dried cedar from the first third is still present, but again very subtle.
The cedar picks up to be medium to full strength going into the final with a finish of just sweet tobacco. As the last third settles there is some slightly bitter nuttiness breaking in.
I tried a cold draw with a single v-cut but it was way too tight. I made it an x cut and the draw was great. The burn was even and slow with the ash holding tightly. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 46 minutes.
The PSyKo SEVEN in a robusto vitola will typically be around the $7 mark for a single. Boxes of 20 seem to be about $130. This is a very affordable price for a cigar that is going to deliver.
I was pleasantly surprised by the PSyKo SEVEN. I carefully avoided any reviews prior to smoking and I had managed my expectations so as not to be disappointed. Instead I had the opportunity to enjoy a subtle but delicious cigar. In previous years I haven’t gravitated towards Dominican origin cigars but I’ve already had several this year that were quite excellent.
The PSyKo SEVEN has a filler blend from multiple countries that ends up being a great combination. At the price they’re offered you’ll want to pick up some of these and try them out.