PSyKo SEVEN by Ventura Cigar Co. | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Dominican Hybrid
Binder: Mexican Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero, Honduran Seco, Peruvian Viso, & PA Ligero
Size: 5.5 x 46 “Corona”
Body: Medium
Price: $6.50
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I only learned about this company a couple months ago. Ventura Cigar Co. makes a total of 5 blends: PSyKo 7, Project 805, Estilo Cubano, Pura Sangre, Pura Sangre Edición 2012, Cuban Rounds, Cuban Rejects, and Hugo Cassar.

It is an interesting web site but with little information about the founders and how they got to be where they are.

The PSyKo SEVEN comes in four sizes: 5.5 x 50, 5 x 58, 6 x 60, and 6.25 x 48.

The factory is in the Dominican Republic and the cigar made its debuted at the 2013 IPCPR trade show.
From Ventura Cigar Co:
There is a new generation of cigar smoker out there. We know this generation, we are this generation. No more dusty hats or old men in white suits. We have our own traditions of good friends, crazy stories, and great cigars. Ventura Cigar Company is proud to offer a robust line of great cigars made with tobacco from the best growing regions in the world.

Cigar Aficionado rated the cigars from 87-90 points.

The outer cigar band is a 2-1/4” x 3” prescription from Ventura Cigar Co.

When removed, there is a standard band with the blend and the company name.

The cigar is quite luxurious. A beautiful construction of leaves. Nearly invisible seams. A few veins. A dark caramel colored wrapper with a hint of milk chocolate. The wrapper is oily and like satin to the touch. The triple cap is flawless.

I clip the cap and find aromas of spice, cedar, hay, pie baking spices, black licorice at the foot, sweetness along the shaft, clove, and leather.
Time to light up.

A very toasty beginning. Followed by an onslaught of red pepper. Sweetness appears. The draw is spot on. Smoke surrounds me like a dust storm.
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In the background, there is a citrus pie. Key lime. Cocoa presents itself. The char line is doing well. The flavor profile is very tasty and gets there quickly.
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There are flavors of caramel now. The sweetness is overtaking everything else. The strength is an even keeled medium bodied.

Only 2” in, the cigar becomes a flavor bomb.

Here are the flavors, in order: Sweetness, creaminess, cocoa, coffee, caramel, cedar, citrus, and leather.
The char line wants to waver but no panic has set in yet.

With this flavor profile and all these fancy leaves, it still tastes like a Nicaraguan puro. But thank God. Finally! A very good cigar at a reasonable price point.

I reviewed the Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Lancero Edición Limitada yesterday. $12 for a 30 minute smoke. Ridiculous.

Now if DE had blended the cigar I’m smoking now, I guarantee it would cost $11, not $6.50. And instead of it being a regular production cigar, it would be a limited run so that demand is kept high allowing for the expensive price tag. Drew should be running the Fed.
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The second third begins. The only change to the flavors is the level of intensity. The spiciness returns to the front of the line but the strength remains at classic medium.

This is an excellent cigar and one I can afford.
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I only allowed the cigar 3 weeks humidor time. It seems to be plenty.

The flavors shift a bit: Caramel, sweetness, cocoa, creaminess, coffee, black licorice, baking spices, nutty, leather, cedar, and citrus. For some reason, the citrus moves on down the line.

Ever since the beginning of the halfway point, the char line has become impeccable. No worries.

The cap is in fine shape even with my chomping and drooling.

This blend makes me want to try the other blends that Ventura produces.

I am really impressed by this cigar. The devil is in the details and Ventura took every step of blending this cigar very seriously. Flavors and construction are perfect.

The last third begins with a little more oomph. The strength is trying to be medium/full. The red pepper is muy strong. And the overall flavor profile is perfectly balanced with a long chewy finish.
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The cigar is jam packed with tobacco and while not a big cigar, it has taken me well over an hour to get here.

I don’t have to finish it to give it an A+ recommendation.
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I just realized that I paid 50 cents more per stick than the suggested retail price. No big deal on a cigar this good. It could easily have been sold in the $7-$8 range.

The cigar finishes out without a hint of harshness or heat. The nicotine level is low. And I enjoyed my cigar experience.

Yeah, the cigar is gimmicky but it had the cajones to back it up. Usually, a quirky presentation is made to hide a cigar’s mediocrity. But in this case, it just adds to the fun.
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  1. Kat, found a place in 20ct robust for $93.99 shipped.