Archetype Curses by Ventura

Chris Allen
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The Breakdown
Connecticut Broadleaf
Vitola (Size)
Robusto (5 x 50)
Price (USD)

Curses is the one of the triplets of the Fantasy Miniseries by Ventura Cigars and to be honest, you put fantasy-anything in the title?...I’m friggin’ smoking it. I think that all stems from the fact that fantasy movies are practically all I watch nowadays. Don’t judge.

Construction - What a gorgeous dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. Can we just admire that for a moment, please? Very well constructed, but sandy to the touch; I could exfoliate my face with this cigar, Better yet, it’s so grippy I could use it as bike handles on my ten-speed bike. I’m not kidding.

Burn - But does it burn well? Sure as s#!t does! Very even and consistent burn that produced a full mouth of Mexico City smog in your mouth with just a couple puffs. Ashen peaks — you know I love ashen peaks — present themselves every time I ash this baby... A sign that the brand chose the right tobacco innards for such a thickly-wrapped cigar. It was about a good hour and half smoke for me (which I babied) and it gave me time to reflect on the 10 Worst Curses in History, so that was a plus. I smoked AND I learned something!

Flavor - Yep. It does not disappoint. Sweet, really tangy, and savory flavor notes right off the bat with a spice that is so mild it just really lingers in the background without ever taking a front-and-center role in the blend. Mild enough that you non-spicy cigar lovers would appreciate it a lot. It’s just a very well-balanced and smooth cigar. It didn’t change too much but the flavors were consistent and everlasting. Like most curses do.

Highly recommended.


For $9.00 it’s a really great cigar for the money. I had no issues whatsoever. In fact, I want to try my hand at casting a spell I’ve been working on… “Please! For the love of god! Try this cigar!”...Did it work?

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Ventura Cigar Company

Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) is a unique cigar brand born in sunny Southern California that is on a mission to create memorable, complex cigar blends that excite the senses and reward discriminating palates. Their flagship Archetype, Case Study, Project805, and PSyKo SEVEN brands offer multiple award-winning blends that earned 90+ ratings in Cigar Aficionado, Cigar & Spirits, and Cigar Snob. And Archetype’s Axis Mundi won #13 Cigar of the Year for 2017 from Cigar Aficionado. Ventura Cigar Company also distributes Tommy Bahama Luxury Cigar Accessories and the 4th Generation Tobacconist and Comoy’s of London lines of pipe tobacco products, extending its reach and tradition of offering top-quality tobacconist products. Pipes and blends under these brands are cultivated through generations of craftsmanship, making them longtime favorites of pipe tobacco enthusiasts. 

Chris Allen
Co-host of The Hot Ticket Podcast. With only 3 years in the cigar industry, Chris is willing to try any cigar (and we mean any cigar), and has built quite an extensive catalog of cigars he's smoked or reviewed in such a short time.