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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Curivari Seleccion Privada Eminentes Maduro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Tim Ellis (timpellis)
85
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Curivari Seleccion Privada Eminentes Maduro.  Some of the hype surrounding the cigar: "Curivari is a Nicaraguan boutique cigar company that truly embodies the term “for the love of the leaf.” According to the company, their blends are made exclusively with Cuban-seed Criollo and Corojo leaves. The Seleccion Privada line is medium-bodied with notes of cedar, cinnamon, honey sweetness, and floral undertones. This flavor profile, along with excellent construction and a masterful aging process, makes Curivari Seleccion Privada an unforgettable smoke."  This cigar has been generously sponsored by our member Jeff (jdwaynes1980).  Thanks very much for your generosity Jeff!

Length:
5.5
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 16 Points of 10 Possible

The cigar was easy to cut and produced a nice pre-light draw, not too loose or too tight. I did not pull too many flavors from the cold draw and the foot has only a light earthy smell.  The wrapper was slightly oily and veiny.  Aroma was mild at best from the foot.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

There were good amounts of smoke and the ash held on well.  I did not need any relights and the burn line was mostly straight.  The draw was a bit open and could have been because of the soft spot in the fill.  he ash was mostly white and grey.

Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

Nice dark color with a rough wrapper.  Not sure if it is meant to be this way or if it's just a wrapper with a few bad spots.  Overall, it is firm but there is one soft spot right around the wrapper area.  The construction seems to be solid with just these few issues.  The cap was applied excellently.


Flavor: 30 Points of 45 Possible

1/3:  Starts out with an earthy flavor that had a cocoa/chocolate taste to it.  Though not strong with the cocoa, it was present.  After the first few puffs I got a bit of cedar flavor coming in as well.
2/3:  No real change in the flavor from the first third, and maybe a bit more harsh, but no change in the complexity.  The main flavor is cocoa and some of the earthy, cedar flavor as well.
3/3:  The final third is where the flavor changes a bit.  The cocoa seems to fade away some and taken over by the cedar. This might just be the cocoa flavor losing some strength and becoming more in balance.

Summary

The flavor profile was average to slightly above average.  The cigar itself was medium and the overall flavor was fairly flat.  The cocoa flavor was too prominent for my liking but more time resting could allow that to change some.  If the whole cigar was more like the final third I am sure that my rating would be a bit higher.  I am interested enough with the brand to try other selections to find one that appeals to me more.  All in all, not a great cigar and not a bad one.  I would consider it solid.



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