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Monday, November 27, 2017

Curivari Buenaventura Crema - Cigar Review

Curivari is a brand that would appear rather well-known for its strange business behaviors. It employs odd shipping and order-filling practices, remains incredibly hard to successfully contact, and touts a website which looks a few-years worth of abandoned.

As to their stogies proper, they are one of many brands looking to ape Cuban offerings in Nicaraguan soils. Again though, irregular tendencies prevail in that they take that familiar goal a step further and try to match specific Cuban blends. I'm not sure what this one is supposed to taste like, or if that tact was taken here. 

These Buenaventura Cremas arrived at the 2016 IPCR trade-show in fab-U-lous Lost Wages, Nevada. It is an iteration and/or extension of the Buenaventura blend, with a Connie top-leaf instead. These are purported by a lone source I cannot recall nor corroborate to be rolled employing the Cuban Sandwich style in which short-filler is rolled into long-filler leaves. Wanna learn more about that and other methods? Read: On Bunching, A Cigar Primer.

Basically, I hopped on a rumor to tease an article. So sue me. #FakeNews

Verily, it'd suffice to say that combustion and construction are each sans issue. Donning my critic's cap, humsoever, I feel I must duly expound/expand. Particularly in the area of nit-pickery. There is a slight-slight-bit curvature of burn, not close to needing a Bic-flick re-direct. Too, there is a spot-or-two which softens a tick more-than the rest. The pace of smoke seems quick-ish, but I'm not staring at a clock. That aside where it belongs: seams hold, draw stays a medium+ tension, and the triple-cap stays solid upon shoulder. Nice amounts of smoke out-put give-off a pleasantly sweet natural 'baccy forward aroma. Ash builds curiously well for a possible short-leaf thing, although the pacing doth corroborate the claim. Nub heats a tick, but not to the point of hot, per se.
  • White Pepper
  • Allspice
  • Cardamom
  • Lemon Zest
  • Cream
  • Coffee (Blonde)
  • Wood (Oak, Pine)
  • Honey
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Suede
  • Oats
  • Dirt
This Curivari Buenaventura Crema is predominately a sweet & sour thing, but the sour doth err toward being overly acidic. There is a soft saltiness that occasionally brings in a mineral lilt. Pepper-spice is sweet but does have a nice kick for a Connecticut. Although it's easily palatable even through the schnoz. A healthy umami hit is present, although I wouldn't consider it terrifically savory. Light but richly-so. Balanced well, and smoothly textured -- with maybe a half-tick a' bite at the finish. Finish evens-out and stretches well-into a nice sweetness. Not complex, but also not boringly simple. Lettuce say "attainable." With some fair bit of nuance which unfortunately gets nigh hi-jacked at times via stated acidity.

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Mild-Medium
FORMAT: Robusto Extra C200
ORIGIN: Plasencia Cigars, Nicaragua
BLENDER: Andreas Throuvalas

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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