The Curivari Cafe series is another strong addition to a string of Nicaraguan releases that attempt to capture the experience of a Cuban cigar.
As I've mentioned before, the "What do you have that's like a Cuban?" question is a common one in the shop, and it's a hard one to answer. I'm a firm believer...
that cigars should be judged on their own terms, and not held up to some mythic ideal. And while I can't say the Curivari Cafe will fit in with your ideal of a Cuban cigar, I can say that they succeed on their own terms of providing a medium bodied, subtle and complex flavor with superb construction.
The Cuban seed Criollo wrapper is smooth and silky, and certainly brings to mind the feel of classic Cohibas. The light and initial burn are smooth, and consistent.
The initial draws reveal a vegetal and woody character that gives way to a slight spiciness on the finish. The flavors open up more about halfway through the cigar, and remain well-balanced and interesting throughout, with an earthy undertone emerging as the woodiness starts to fade away. The spice becomes more pronounced in the last third of the smoke, but never becomes harsh or overpowering.
The burn remains consistent throughout, and the ash holds together very well, only giving way after half the cigar has been smoked. This is definitely one of the most consistent and well-constructed cigars I have smoked recently.
This review is based on the Cafe 52, which I would call a small corona size, there is also a Petit Cafe size, which would be perfect for a 25 minute smoke, and a larger Cafe 60, which satisfies those looking for a larger Ring Gauge.
For those looking for a stronger blend, the Buenaventura and Cabinet Selection lines from Curivari offer consistent and flavorful options. All of these cigars are available in boxes of 10, which makes stocking up easy.
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