Team Cigar Review: Ventura Archetype Curses Robusto

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Cigar Details: Ventura Archetype Curses Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Factory: Tabacalera Oliva de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $9.00
  • Release Date: October 2018
  • Source: Ventura Cigar

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is medium brown and has some darker marbling and freckling. There are a couple of medium sized veins that are slightly raised. The seams are smooth and only really visible due to the color variations of the wrapper. The head is finished off with a slightly wrinkled double cap. The band is all black and caries the line and series name in gold and white. Just below the band is a sleeve that runs the length of the cigar and is kind of like parchment paper that is white and carries the line logo along with a character shadow in red. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of chocolate and stone fruit sweetness while the foot brings more stone fruit sweetness and some light wood. The pre-light draw brings the same stone fruit sweetness and light wood from the foot aroma. There’s also a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Ventura Archetype Curses Robusto has a band that covers 2/3 of the cigar with a red design against an opaque white. The main band is the gold on black Archetype band, indicating “Curses” underneath in white font. The cigar wrapper is dark brown, very toothy and rustic looking, and I’m assuming is Connecticut Broadleaf. Nosing the wrapper I pick up aromas of sweet barn wood, hay and mild barnyard. In the foot is light sweet hay.

Pre-light Experience

The Ventura Archetype Curses Robusto has a Colorado Maduro Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper showing some nice uniformed tooth. Construction looks and feels solid as veins are neatly pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a deep layered cap. Aromas from the wrapper gives cedar, hay and chocolate. Aromas from the foot tell dry red pepper and creamy milk chocolate. Cold draw gives primarily cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, baking spice and a very faint chocolate note. At a quarter inch in, a slight cream joins the profile as the chocolate fades away and the wood, baking spice and cream are creating a nice combination. At three quarters of an inch in, a bready note joins in and pairs up with the wood while the baking spice has lightened up to become even with the cream in the background. The retrohale has the bread slightly in front of the wood with some baking spice in the background. As the third comes to a close, the wood and bread are still paired up while the baking spice is right behind them and the cream is very faint. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third begins with medium strength sweet leather, and delayed post draw nutty sweetness. On the retrohale I’m tasting barbeque and spices, with delayed medium minus pepper. That pepper hits the tip of my tongue, and moves back to the sides as it lingers. Several minutes later, background powdered cocoa develops, and the pepper is building in strength as the cigar progresses. Later, the sweetness builds and the pepper eases up. That sweetness starts to dominate the front of the profile, with spices and pepper pushed to the back and the post draw. 35 minutes into the cigar it’s reached a great balance point as the flavors harmonize. There is a melon sweetness at the 45 minute mark. At the end of the first third there is mild hay, and cocoa picks up in strength, with a random flavor of cotton candy. Weird.

First Third

From the get go flavors of cocoa, tame dry red pepper spice, dirt/soil and minerals. Retrohaling is the best part as all the mouth draw flavors deepen; first and foremost with brownies, milk chocolate, just the right increased level of dry red pepper spice and sharper minerals. The finish is thick with dry red pepper spice and soil/dirt. Strength is medium and body is medium plus.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood gains some char which also extends to the bread in the form of burnt toast. The baking spice is very faint now while the cream is just slightly ahead of it. At half an inch in, the burnt toast leaves the profile as the charred wood leads the cream and light baking spice. The retrohale still carries the wood and bread along with an increased baking spice. At an inch and a quarter, some bread returns to the profile. As the third comes to a close, there is no longer any bread, cream or baking spice as the profile is now charred wood and mustiness. The strength in this third dropped down to medium.

Second Third

That random cotton candy sweetness carries into the middle third. The spices and pepper have receded to light plus. The post draw has a light plus leather settling in. On the retrohale, there is a nutty sweetness with medium strength spices. I find the sweetness balances out the post draw leather well. As the second third settles in, the flavor intensity has dropped across the board. Minutes later I find myself reversing that statement as the barbeque suddenly shoots up in intensity to medium minus. Where the first third was solidly medium flavor intensity, the second third has settled to a light plus intensity, but still maintains that great balance. At the halfway point, some cedar joins the leather on the post draw, at a light plus strength.

Second Third

The second third improves upon the first third as both the cocoa/milk chocolate and baking spice notes work more in harmony with each other. The strength is starting to creep up to medium-full while body remains medium-full.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the charred wood is up front with the mustiness behind it. A dark vegetal note has joined in as the bread has once again departed. At a half inch in, the mustiness has picked up and taken the lead in the profile. The retrohale is an even mix of the wood, mustiness and vegetal note. As the cigar comes to a close, it begins to warm up which brings a toasted note to the charred wood. The mustiness remains while the vegetal note has dropped out. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

The spices ramp up immediately during the transition, bringing the pepper with it. The pepper is at the sides of my tongue at medium strength. The flavor intensity falls as soon as the last third settles in, and toasted earth comes into the mix. A few purges of the cigar brings the earth intensity down to medium minus.

Final Third

The last third moves to a more mineral forward profile and has the cocoa/milk chocolate note dissipate at times almost entirely. Further, the finish becomes increasingly heavy with dirt/soil. Not that Connecticut Broadleaf is meant to be a clean finish but the finish here is too heavy with earthiness. Strength and body finishes medium-full.

Burn

The were a few instances where the burn was a little wavy but it was spot on most of the way. The ash held on in inch and three quarter increments.

Burn

The cigar has a slightly uneven burn in the first third. The burn is uneven but self corrects in the middle third. A re-light is required in the middle third even as I was puffing away. Ash held on well throughout.

Burn

Perfect burn performance providing even burn, straight burn line, cool burning and solid thick ashes.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with wood, baking spice and faint chocolate and the chocolate left fairly quickly as some cream joined in. As the cigar progressed, some bread joined in as well as some char for the wood. Construction was very good and didn’t require any attention. Strength was right around medium the whole way. This is the second cigar from the Fantasy Mini-Series that we’ve reviewed and I think I enjoyed the Crystals a bit more than this one. If you’re a fan of wood and baking spice, then this is worth checking out. I’m interested in trying the third in the mini-series to find out which one is the winner for me.

Draw

The draw is a half notch towards the resistant spectrum, but still in the ideal zone.

Overall

The Ventura Archetype Curses Robusto is an overall strong example of a classic Connecticut Broadleaf blend. The profile brings significant flavor complexity, while still maintaining intensity that never pushes beyond medium strength. There is a lot going on with flavors of nuttiness, sweetness, pepper, spices, leather, melon, cocoa, cedar and toasted earth. If you’re looking for some satisfying Broadleaf flavors, and don’t want to be blown out by strength, I’d pick up an Archetype Curses.

Draw

The draw was the ideal point between resistance and air flow.

Overall

I’ve smoked enough of Ventura’s Archetype lineup to not be all that excited about another one. This non-excitement was quickly overturned by the Curses. I especially greatly enjoyed the first two thirds of the cigar with the harmonious blend of minerals and cocoa/milk chocolate. This, in my opinion, should be the baseline of all good Connecticut Broadleaf wrapped cigars. I’m happy to say I will gladly smoke more of these.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$1.54

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$1.34

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.32

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Ventura Archetype Curses Robusto
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