I have a tendency to review lesser known and boutique brands and this week is no exception. Over this last winter I was gifted a Curivari Reserva Limitada 1000 Series and was so impressed that I had to try the rest of their brands and I have not been disappointed. The El Gran Rey Emperadores is no exception.
Measuring 5 by 50, this is a smaller stick that I would usually go to but I decided to step outside my comfort zone a bit. The wrapper, binder and filler are all Nicaraguan grown Cuban seed Criollo and Corojo blend. Immediately upon looking at this cigar, I noticed it was clearly rolled with skill. The wrapper is practically, seamless with minimal veins. It has a beautiful medium brown shade and also features a triple cap. The notes emanating from the cigar are sweet hay and simple tobacco. Once cut, the cold draw brings notes of wood hay and earth.
The first few puffs are of a cedary spice, wood and hay. The smoke has a very pleasant aroma of spice. The spice also mingles on the palate after each puff. After about a half of an inch, the spice is more present on the fron of the palate and each puff now finishes with notes of oak. However, I do notice hints of spice in the aftertaste. The retrohale is full of warm notes of cinnamon and spice. It truly smells amazing.
The complexity of the flavors starts to build into the second third as I pick up caramel balancing with the foundation notes of oak and spice. There is also an underlying creaminess to each draw that makes for a wonderful balance. Midway, a mixture of cinnamon and black pepper are evident as the spice. Oak, cream and caramel are notes that follow. The retrohale starts to pick up more heat as the strength and complexity build.
As my cigar hits its final third, the oak returns to the front of the palate once more. The cinnamon and caramel are more pronounced and the pepper is mostly noticeable in the retrohale. After a quarter of an inch, my palate is greeted with the spice once again for about a quarter of an inch. The remainder of the cigar finishes with a balance of oak, cinnamon, caramel and spice with spice mingling on the palate.
This was a wonderfully full bodied cigar that was both balanced and complex. There is truly nothing negative to say about this blend, except I wish it had lasted longer. This is one cigar that has very quickly become a new favorite. Actually, every brand they have produced has become a staple in my humidor. Each stick is rolled skillfully and with care. I have yet to find one with any construction issues and every blend is made with the intent of taking our palates back to the wonderful traditions of a fantastic Cuban blend. I predict Curivari won’t stay an underdog in the industry for long. They have something for every palate. If you can, give them a try. I hope you will find them amongst your favorites as well.
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