For this Cigar Ventura Cigars utilized the talents of up and coming blender, Indiana Ortez, Daughter of long time blender Omar Ortez. This isn’t her first time working with Ventura, but it’s clear this release had a bit more hype around it, and with Indian’s name printed on the band, more pressure as well.
Construction - This cigar was very well constructed. It’s pale matte brown, indicative of the CT wrapper type. It’s very smooth with hardly any ridges or bumps and unlike most CT shade wrappers, it doesn't seem to be very fragile. The band is obnoxious and large and quite frankly the only thing I like about it is that it has Indiana Ortez's signature on it, but I get maintaining the branding, so i’ll let it slide.
Burn - It produced an annoyingly tight draw and took a few hard puffs to get decent smoke production. I felt myself struggling to keep the cigar lit having to inhale powerfully and often. The good news is as the flavors began to change, so did the draw, becoming much less resistant. It finally opened up in the final third, which was annoying but it kept me from putting the cigar down all together.
Flavor - Most report that at the onset you get a pepper rush, however I was met with what tasted like taking a 2x4 to the kisser. The wood was apparent, however shortly after a long ignition, the pepper came through and dominated any other derived flavors and continued to dominate in an approach to the 50% mark. The good news is it begins to balance out shortly thereafter. The cigar introduced a much needed, subtly sweet creaminess, which gives you a reprieve from the intense flavors in the first half and it hits at the right time. This was my favorite combination in this cigar. The flavors really start to meld as I approach the end but the spice that I get a strong sense of in the first 3rd reappears as the dominant flavor right at the end which for me personally is an undesirable way to finish it off.
Decent smoke to try.
This cigar hits a pretty average price point of $9.00 which I think is appropriate for this cigar. I wasn’t “wowed” by anything in this smoking experience, but I wasn’t disappointed either. I won’t be sitting in confusion thinking about what I smoked, but I also won’t be shouting about it from the rooftops either.
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.