Curivari Selección Privada Natural | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Size: 5 x 50 “Robusto”
Body: Medium
Price: $6.50 MSRP
Authentic Cuban Seed Criollo and Corojo


As I’ve stated in earlier reviews, I am on a journey request to review every Curivari blend made. Why? Because they are the best kept little secret in the cigar industry. They have no reps to speak of and no PR machine of any kind. They depend on word of mouth.

And this is the list of reviewed Curivaris, so far: Selección Privada Maduro, Buenaventura, Achilles, El Gran Rey, Limitada Classica, Reserva Limitada 1000 Series, Gloria de Leon, and Reserva Limitada Café. All superb cigars. Although, the Achilles and the Reserva Limitada 1000 Series were probably the weakest links.

So now it is the Seleccion Privada Natural’s turn. And the last. I reviewed the Maduro but could not get a hold of the Natural version so that is why it is the last one.

This cigar made its debut at the 2011 IPCPR trade show and released in November of 2011.

The Curivari mission statement is to make cigars the old fashioned Cuban way and seem to be doing a pretty good job of it from my perspective.

The cigar comes in three sizes: 5 X 50, 5 X 54, and 6 1/4 X 54.

From Atlantic Cigars:
“Curivari Seleccion Privada Cigars, This ultra-boutique cigar brand is catching the attention of serious cigar aficionados looking for rich and balanced Nicaraguan smokes. This all Nicaraguan cigar is the perfect balance of strengthen and flavor, a medium bodied cigar that’s creamy and smooth. The cigar is loaded with flavors of wood with a touch of Vanilla and sweetness on the finish. The cigars are all triple capped and packaged in cedar boxes of 10, a fine smoke that will not break the bank.”

From the Curivari web site:
“Perfectly balanced, with medium body, this cigar has a creamy smooth flavor profile, woody with a touch of vanilla, and a sweet finish.”

As you can see from the photos, the cigar looks like a road map made up of small veins. Seams are tight. The triple cap is executed nicely. The caramel colored wrapper has plenty of oil and feels very sandy to the touch. The cigar band has that old Cuban look.

I clip the cap and find aromas of vanilla, spice, caramel, sweetness, earthiness, and lots of wood and leather.
Time to light up.

Woody and sweet. Like me. Blinding smoke. Creaminess. Light red pepper. Caramel with a butterscotch chaser.

The burn starts with a V burn on one side and I must correct it.

I get a blast of cocoa. Like the maduro, it is heading for immediate flavor bomb status.

The Curivari line is one of the most consistent groups of blends from one manufacturer I’ve ever smoked. And the price is amazing. I would love to have a box of these.

The strength starts out at classic medium body.

The flavors, in order: Creaminess, caramel, sweetness, cocoa, wood, leather, vanilla, earthiness, butterscotch, and cedar.

The nice thing about the Curivari line is that none of the cigars need much humidor time. You can smoke them a day after you get them, a week later, or two weeks later. They are good to go.

This is perfect if you are on a budget. No agonizing wait.

Nuttiness appears in the form of peanuts. So now we have a Snickers bar…with splinters.

The second third explodes with flavor and is an official flavor bomb. So far, the only box I’ve bought is the Buenaventura. A real delight.

Atlantic Cigars is the only online store to carry the entire line.

It is a bright sunny day here in Milwaukee. And the temp is going up to a whopping 12°. Yeah, babies, cement pond time, Jethro.

The stick is jam packed and thus the cigar burns nice and slow.

The second third begins with not much change but when a cigar is this flavorful, one doesn’t need much more. It is perfect. I do know that in the last third, the flavors will explode with intensity. Just like the Privada Maduro.

I near the halfway point and I’m screaming laughter. This is a damn fine cigar and only in the $6 range. The Curivari folks are so smart. They keep the PR machine at bay, hope for word of mouth, and keep the price down so everyone can enjoy the fruits of their labor. If more manufacturers did this, good cigars would be much cheaper. But Nooooooo….they have to roll out the gazillion dollar PR campaign and make you pay for it.

They’re like politicians. They think we’re all stupid sheep.

Halfway mark. Since I am on a budget like most of you, if a manufacturer won’t give me samples, I have to buy them. I like Atlantic Cigars because they allow you to buy singles. And they don’t jack up the price a couple bucks. A single is very close to the box price. So that’s what I do. I troll Atlantic Cigars and buy the shit I want to review. I usually buy two singles. That’s my M.O.

The char line has been spot on since the early touch up.

The difference between the Seleccion Privada Natural and the Seleccion Privada Maduro is based on that wrapper only. Same guts for both of them. But the wrapper on the maduro is simply a Nicaraguan Habano Maduro. Almost the same leaf with the difference being in the curing process.

Therefore, the maduro is sweeter and has more of a cocoa and coffee influence. Otherwise, they are very similar.

The last third begins and just like the safe prediction I made earlier, the flavor profile explodes with intensity.

Flavors: Creaminess, caramel, sweetness, cocoa, wood, leather, butterscotch, vanilla, peanuts, and spice.

Actually, almost all of the spice is gone. That is unusual for a Curivari. There is the slightest touch in the background.
The strength is still at medium body.

The flimsy cigar band comes off clean.

The other difference between this stick and the maduro is that the Natural stays at dead center medium body throughout. No harshness, no heat, and not a sign of nicotine.

As the cigar finishes, flavors are bold and enticing. The creaminess is buttery smooth. The caramel boosts the sweetness. The cocoa makes a lurch forward. And the peanut element is uber strong.

This was a great way to spend my morning. A great cigar and I have one left to smoke later.

And now for something completely different:

The Eddie Munster Chronicles…Continued…

Back in 1983, The Mike Douglas Show was still on TV. It was one of those day time talk shows that started in the 50’s and lasted til the mid/late 1980’s. It was Douglas who allowed John Lennon and Yoko to be co-anchors for an entire week and allowed them any guest they wanted.

When the show was on its last legs, it went from normal syndication to airing on TBS. My press agent got Butch Patrick a guest spot to promote our “Whatever Happened to Eddie?” project.

I went to all the TV show interviews and all the radio interviews with Butch. I needed to make sure he arrived on time and sober. I had my own idea of how an entertainment manager should look and bought an expensive 3 piece pin striped suit. I looked exactly like Alexander Haig.

The show taped late afternoon. We arrived and were ushered to the Green Room which was a holding area for the guests.

The two guests I remember were Barbara Eden and Earl Holliman. Of course, everyone knows Eden as the Genie. But Earl Holliman was a character actor. He played the cook in the legendary sci-fi movie of the 1950’s called, “Forbidden Planet.” He also played Angie Dickinson’s side kick cop on “Police Woman” on TV.




Meeting Eden was a thrill and she was even more gorgeous than on TV. She also had a boyfriend the size of the Hulk with her.
Holliman and I struck up a conversation and I told him about the burgeoning birth of MTV and rock videos. We, of course, had brought our rock video that accompanied our song. The more we talked the more friendly he got.

I got to meet Douglas and was shocked at how old he looked. They had enough pancake make up on him to bury him in it.

So Butch did his shtick in a very good interview but it was cut short because a washed up magician/mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin, was hogging Butch’s time. Even Douglas was perturbed because at one point he rolled his eyes.

I was actually happier about sitting and talking with Earl Holliman that I was about Butch being on the show. We talked about Forbidden Planet and John Wayne, and a million other things that this man had done. Holliman actually seemed smitten with me. I felt like a big shot.

When it was over, Butch and I left the green room and walked down the corridor to the elevator. Earl and Douglas both leaned out of the doorway, and Earl yelled, “See ya Phil. Take care. Have a good one.” I was thrilled and told Butch so as we got into the elevator.

As the doors closed, Butch turned to me and said, “Earl Holliman is gay.”



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