The Buena Ventura made its debut at the 2012 IPCPR trade show. It has been sold in Europe since 2003. This is not a company with a large PR machine and it isn’t easy to find. Atlantic Cigars seems to have the entire line. Other online stores might as well.
The Curivari web site has lots of good info.
The other lines are in the $6.00-$9.00 range. This little puppy is their budget cigar at $5-$7 each. The BuenaVentura is a regular production cigar so don’t give up looking for it.
Construction is very good with a milk chocolate wrapper that is oily and slightly toothy. Seams are nowhere to be seen. A normal amount of veins. And a nicely done cap.
I clip the cap and find aromas of cocoa, sweetness, spice, nuts and cedar.
Time to light up.
Smoke pours into the room and on come the fans. Sweetness manages to break on through the spiciness. If you like the Garcia Blast of Pepper in your cigar, you’ve come to the right place.
Ooh..this is nice. A mocha java flavor emerges at the same time some creaminess appears. Now we’re talking.
The char line needs a touch up.
This cigar is ¾” into the process and it is nearly a flavor bomb. I have to admit I am a sucker for flavor bombs done the right way. But then I shouldn’t be surprised as this is a true Nic puro.
Now we have newly roasted cashews. I’ve never found this particular flavor in any other cigar. Here are flavors in descending order: Spice, creaminess, cocoa, sweetness, mocha, toast, nuttiness, and cedar. All of these are extremely bold and hold nothing back.
I had trouble finding the leaf stats so I read a single review and in it the writer said he experienced a sour cream flavor. That’s a new one.
But as I am in the middle of the first third, I get a lovely, creamy sour cream flavor. I don’t know if it is the power of suggestion but I can almost taste the baked potato underneath the sour cream.
I bought a 5 pack from Atlantic Cigars. I have three left. But I want more. I want a box. If you go to Atlantic to buy some of these wonderful cigars, it says you must call to get a price. If you have an account with Atlantic, all you have to do is sign in and then go back to the page and prices will show themselves and you can buy without calling.
The second third starts with a smooth as glass profile. The balance is spot on. The burn line behaves itself. And it has a very long finish.
This is, by far, one of the most flavorful cigars I’ve smoked since the Mayimbe. At 1/3 the price.
I stop writing and go to the Atlantic site and buy a box of 10 in this size. It said there were only 2 boxes left in this size. I got 1. A box of 10 goes for $44.10. A great deal.
Complexity begins to dig its heels in. Flavors are well rounded and take turns morphing with each other. Like a merry go round.
The strength started out just shy of classic medium but now is a bit higher than medium.
The sour cream element pushes its way to the front of the line; even in front of the red pepper. It is lip smacking good. The stick is very chewy now. A black cherry component is now present. Only thing left is the kitchen sink.
Flavors in descending order: Sour cream, sweetness, creaminess, cocoa, spice, toast, cedar, mocha, and nuttiness.
Even before I finish I must declare that I highly recommend this cigar. Atlantic only has a couple of singles left in this size, backordered 5 x 56, and the 6 x 60 Gordos are in full stock. If this review tempts you to buy some, hurry. If they are gone, Google for another online store.
I belong to the Atlantic VIP Club and got a savings of $8 on the box of 10. The membership is $60 a year.
The last third is a dream. I remove the cigar band. Comes off like a champ. They even got that right. No excessive glue to ruin my photos.
The cigar finishes up with a medium/full strength but only the slightest of nicotine kick. This is definitely a cigar for you, Wally Guse, my friend.