Team Cigar Review: Ventura Psyko Seven Nicaragua Robusto

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Cigar Details: Ventura Psyko Seven Nicaragua Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: AgroIndustrial Nicaraguense de Tabacos
  • Blender: Indiana Ortez
  • Price: $8.49
  • Release Date: April 2019
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The first thing you notice when you look at the Ventura Psyko Seven Nicaragua Robusto is the large prescription style band that covers most of the cigar and is standard for this line. For the Nicaragua version, the color combination is white, blue and red with black writing. After sliding off the large band, the regular band has a sandy gold color with blue and white. The sandy gold is fairly close in color to the wrapper which carries a couple of slightly raised veins and you can also feel a few slightly raised veins from underneath the wrapper. The seams are smooth, well blended and barely visible while the head is finished with a quadruple cap. The aroma from the wrapper is creamy leather and hay while the foot brings raisin sweetness and light wood. The pre-light draw brings a golden hay note and a mild spiciness to my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Ventura Psyko Seven Nicaragua Robusto has a large paper band covering the majority of the cigar. That band includes details of the blend and tobacco origins. Removing the large band reveals a smaller, more elegant band underneath with colors of white lettering on a gold background and a blue bar. The aromas from the cigar are sweet tea and tobacco. In the foot, a fairly strong smell of ripe plum.

Pre-light Experience

The Ventura Psyko Seven Nicaragua Robusto has a darker caramel Colorado Claro wrapper shade. The wrapper is smooth and has good oil content embedded in it. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a well adhered cap. Aromas from the wrapper and foot give pungent wet barnyard, chestnuts and hay. Cold draw gives nuts and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted wood, mustiness and some black pepper. At a half inch in, a bit of hay joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the mustiness is gone as the toasted wood, hay and black pepper are quite intertwined. The retrohale shows a slightly fuller combination of the same components. As the third comes to a close, the toasted wood and hay are up front with the mustiness returning and being just behind them while the black pepper is fairly light in the background. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

My first third experience starts with spicy cedar, which is intensified to medium-full on the retrohale. There is a delayed cocoa and light earth that carries into the post draw. A few minutes later, pepper sits at the back of my throat at medium strength. As the cigar finally settles in, some light plus leather joins the profile and provides a background flavor for the rest of the third.

First Third

The first third has an overall smooth delivery of flavors. The cigar is creamy, nutty, cedar and a slight more spice (black pepper) than in a traditional Connecticut Shade. When retrohaling, there’s greater presence in that black pepper spice as well as cedar and nuts. The finish has mild earth tones of cedar, soil and hay. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the hay has a slight lead over the toasted wood with the mustiness right behind. The black pepper is very faint. At a half inch in, the toasted wood, hay and mustiness are all even and the black pepper has left the profile. The retrohale carries a mirror image of the profile with all components even. At an inch in, the profile becomes a bit drying. As the third comes to a close, the toasted wood and mustiness are together up front with the hay in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

Cedar and spices lead the cigar into the second third, with cocoa providing a finish to each draw. Some leather and earth settle into the middle of the profile. Earth joins the post draw some time later, building in intensity as the second third progresses.

Second Third

For the majority of the second third, the flavor profile becomes sweeter, giving a vanilla extract like sweetness. Other than that, the profile is still medium strength and body with layers of creaminess, nuttiness, black pepper and cedar.

Final Third

As the final third begins, a light floral note joins the profile as the hay has left. At a quarter inch in, the cigar begins warming up which increases the toast level of the wood a bit. At three quarters of an inch in, a light char joins the toasted wood. The retrohale is toasted wood and mustiness. As the cigar comes to a close, the profile is slightly charred and toasted wood with mustiness even together and a light floral note in the background. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

Cedar and spices again lead the cigar into the third. Dry cedar takes up the middle of the profile, with earth on the post draw. That earth seems to fall off nicely between each draw. As the cigar settles in, the earth begins to move into the middle of the profile, bringing char with it. That earth and char build until they define the remainder of the last third.

Final Third

The final third gives off some undesired char and harshness build up. This takes away from the creamy and sweetness flavors, leaving namely char, cedar and soil. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn line was straight the entire way. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn starts off straight with ash holding on well in 1 inch plus increments. That burn begins to canoe and self corrects leading into the second third. In the second third the burn canoes again, requiring a touch-up. The cigar goes out in the last third requiring a re-light.

Burn

The burn performance was good but not without faults. The first third tunneled a bit, which required a fairly hefty touch-up. Further, there were a couple touch-ups required to get the burn back on track.

Draw

The draw started out slightly snug and gradually tightened up as the cigar progressed.

Overall

The cigar began with toasted wood, mustiness and black pepper. Some hay joined in fairly quickly. The second third saw the black pepper leave. The final third had the hay note leave and a light floral note and char join in. The construction was pretty good aside firm a snug draw and strength was right around medium the whole way. The Ventura Psyko Seven Nicaragua Robusto had a nice start and brought a slightly enhanced version of a typical Connecticut shade profile. As some components dropped out going into the second third, the profile became fairly average and typical of the shade profile. It was interesting seeing how a Nicaraguan grown Connecticut shade wrapper smoked and while it wasn’t something completely different, it did stay away from the bite and bitterness some shade wrappers can bring. This cigar fits in with a number of Connecticut shade cigars and doesn’t do anything to differentiate itself from others, so I wouldn’t see myself leaning to this cigar over a number of others in the same category. It’s a nice addition to the Psyko Seven line and worth checking out.

Draw

The draw has a half notch of resistance to it, well in the ideal range for a perfect draw.

Overall

The Ventura Psyko Seven Nicaragua Robusto started out promising in the first third with notes of spicy cedar, cocoa, light earth and pepper. Unfortunately, the balance and enjoyment diminished through the remainder of the experience, with the cigar having a heavy charred earth in the last third that was palate coating and distracting. Overall, I found the experience to be fairly average. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 41 minutes.

Draw

The draw on the other hand was perfect, giving the best air flow possible.

Overall

This being the second cigar I reviewed blended by Indiana Ortez, I’m starting to really appreciate her blending style as it is focused on flavor without unnecessary strength. The Ventura Psyko Seven Nicaragua Robusto was smooth with vanilla extract like sweetness, cream, nuts, cedar and a little bit more spice kick than most Connecticut Shade wrapped cigars in the market. I hope she continues her work in the industry as I look forward to future blends.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$1.46

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.53

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.62

Cost/Point

$1.28

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