Bite Size Review: Curivari Reserva Limitada
Seven years into his cigar brand’s tenure, Greek cigar lover and businessman, Andreas Throuvalas, still owns one of the best kept secrets in the cigar cosmos. Launched in 2011, Curivari’s impetus was borne out of a desire to replicate, not emulate, the rich aromas and flavors of Cuban cigars. Um, take a number, brother. Sure, Cuban-seed benchmark leaves like Corojo and Criollo are used generously, but even the fertile, mineral-rich soils of Nicaragua are still not quite on par with products grown in Cuba’s legendary Vuelta Abajo region. Still, it’s always interesting to sample the product of such lofty goals. We’re not stupid.
Accompanying his use of Cuban seeds, Throuvalas’ also coveted high quality production and attention to detail. Thank you, La familia Plasencia. The small-batch boutique quietly continues making waves launching a dozen new blends and line extensions at the 2017 ICPCR show. By launching this bolus of products, the timing also afforded Throuvalas to get his new blends under the FDA’s product grandfather clause. Curivari’s legacy blends include the Seleccion Privada, Gloria De Leon, El Gran Rey and several lines of the Reserva Limitada.
The aesthetics of our 4000 torpedo hypnotized us like sorcerer’s pinwheels. From its excellent torpedo treatment and triple cap to its nearly invisible seams, this oily, whiskey-colored darlin’ is a true thing of beauty. The floral essences and fragrant notes of maple wood, chocolate and tea from the shaft, foot and cold draw make me wax nostalgic for a Cuban Montecristo #2 or a Bolivar Belicosos Finos. Throuvalas’ Cuban aspirations are certainly making a case.
The first thing I notice after lighting up our Nicaraguan puro is how rich and smooth the 4000 is, I mean it really got my attention. The initial leathery profile with notes of pepper and cinnamon are nicely complemented by a light spice and a long, toasty finish. A nice nuttiness is added to the profile along with some baked bread on the finish. There’s some tingling anise notes on the inhale and savory allspice hints on the retro. I cannot overstate this – the finish is long and yummy! Transitions feature more wood and earth and there’s a delightful consistent butteryness to the inhale. The balance is fantastic throughout leveraging a lingering semi-sweetness as the strength ratchets upward.
Complexity remains pretty solid throughout, but combustion is not the 4000’s strong suit. Fifteen minutes in and it begins to “helmet”, carving into the enjoyment factor. Multiple touch-ups were required and it struggled to hold even a 0.5”, flaky ash. Throuvalas and Curivari could have hit one out of the park with the Reserva Limitada, but combustion issues effectively kibosh it’s potential boxworthy status. This baby is still worthy of a fiver based on its price point, aesthetics and deliciousness! – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: Curivari’s new blends feature a Greek theme including Socrates and Archimedes.
- Profile: Med – Full
- Vitola: 4000 [Torpedo]
- Length/ Ring Gauge: 6.25″/ 54
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Nicaragua
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Cutter: Colibri V
- Lighter: Xikar Exec. II
- Price: $7.49
- Age: 5 months
- Box: 10
- Other Vitolas: 2000 (robusto), 3000 (toro).
Build: Solid uniformity throughout; semi veiny and semi toothy; beautifull torpedo and cap treatment.
- Shaft – Floral essence; maple wood.
- Foot – Tea; hints of cinnamon
- Cold Draw – Barnyard; chocolate
- Initial: Leather, pepper, nuts with light spice and toasty finish. Very rich and smooth. Baked bread finish, anise on inhale and allspice on retro; medium.
- Transition: Spice lingers with more wood and earth; long baked bread finish continues.
- Transition: Medium to full strength; more earthy; lingering spice and semi sweetness provides nice balance; long toasty finish continues throughout.
Touch ups: 2
Weaknesses: Combustion is very uneven and continues throughout; ash flaky and cannot hold even an inch-long ash.
Recommend: 2. 5-packer
- Go-to (boxworthy)
- 3rd stringer (keep 1 on hand)
- Smoke a banana instead