Curivari Cafe

1-25-12 been in humi since 8-28-11

Curivari Cafe 52 (5 x 52)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

I purchased this cigar while in New Orleans at the Crescent City Cigar Shop, right in the French Quarter. I sat and chatted with the owner Armando Ortiz all morning and smoked cigars. He’s a good guy. If you ever get there, stop in. He will treat you fairly and honestly.

In our talks that day we were discussing “undiscovered” cigars. To tell the truth, I had never heard of Curivari. It took little convincing that I needed one, but in the end, I bought one.

It has a very simple maroon and gold band that has the name of the cigar and the line extension but also the words “Calidad Suprema” that translated roughly to “supreme quality”

the cigar itself has a slight reddish hue and some rough seems. It feels oily to the touch. The bouquet before the light is light and simple. All I can smell is a classic tobacco. The lick on the cap has a bit of spice to it and it feels very oily in the mouth. A quick cut with the double guillotine reveals a light draw. The cold draw is sweet and spicy. There is almost a candy like quality to it even though I know that this cigar is not infused and has no sweet tip to it. Most of this impression is through the nose. (a retrohale on a cold draw will reveal more flavor of the cold tobacco)

lit with a soft flame.

The first few puffs are a light earthy with a very slight bitter that is not distracting at all. There is a slight musk through the nose and the finish has a bit of spice to it. All of the flavors are light and do not weigh down the palate in any way. The finish is short. The underlying flavor that rounds out this cigar is a dark coco. The burn is jagged and a corrective light is needed early.

At the beginning of the middle third the cigar mellowed out and the flavor took a step down, almost as it is settling in for the long haul. The burn is slow and there is still a slight spice on the finish. The flavors are less earthy and more coffee in nature. At best this is a medium body smoke at this point. Another corrective light is needed at the mid point.

The final third starts out very round and coco. The flavor seems to “develop”but never “change” the complexity is very subtle. The texture of the smoke is only slightly indicative of Nicaraguan tobacco. The finish gives it away to me. Otherwise I feel it embodies more of a Honduran qualities than Nicaraguan especially on the initial flavors and the overall roundness.

As the cigar winds down the coco dies out and the coffee intensifies. It does stay smooth. This cigar tastes good all the way down to the very last.

Burn to the burn.

Burn time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This is a very good cigar and it needs to be payed attention to, otherwise it will sneak past you and you will miss it.

Burn: 8

Draw: 9

Taste: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Construction: 9

Balance: 10

Feel: 9

Overall: 9.0

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~ by kuzi16 on January 25, 2012.

One Response to “Curivari Cafe”

  1. This sounds like an awesome stick… I’m gonna have to check it out for sure! Love the site Kuzi!

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