This week's review is of the Curivari Seleccion Privada Maduro. The Maduro version of the Seleccion Privada was released at the 2011 trade show and features a Nicaraguan Habano Maduro wrapper over a Nicaraguan filler and binder. I am reviewing the Fabulosos Vitola, which measures in at 7x52. To be honest I still don't know much about Curivari as a company, other than they seem to be one of the more ultra boutique companies out there (I don't see these in a lot of shops yet).
The Seleccion Privada maduro is an attractive cigar with a dark, oily wrapper and looks to be very well put together. The aroma at the foot is of strait well aged tobacco. After a clean clip with my Palio, the great draw shows flavors of hay and faint cocoa. Once lit this starts out with some leather and an almost citrusy zesty spice. There is a chocolate cake flavor in here as well that I am really enjoying. The citrus mixing with the chocolate really works well together. This isn't as "dark" in the flavor profile as your typical Maduro. This is starting out strait medium across the board. There is a nice complexity to the flavor profile as well, the flavors just dance across your palate. They are very different than your typical Nicaraguan Puro. Some of the other Curivari's I have smoked sort of reminded me of Cuban tobacco but this one doesn't really have that character to it, which is fine. It's nice to see some variety in the profiles across the different lines. The burn started off a little wavy but corrected itself. The ash fell at around an inch and a half. At the end of the first third some creamy coffee has joined the flavor profile.
At the halfway point some nuttyness has shown up with the other flavors in this cigar. The profile has gotten a little darker at this pint but is still very medium in strength. The wrapper is starting to lift off a little bit but I am hoping to burn through it without any issues. In the final third the flavors have remained mostly consistent, with more of that nuttyness (almond maybe?) coming through. The strength has gone up a little into the medium+ range.
The Curivari Seleccion Privada Maduro was a great cigar! All of the Curivari's I have smoked so far have impressed me a lot. We just started carrying them at Burning Leaf so I am happy to have easy access to them! This one was a little different than the others I have smoked, it didn't have that Cubanesque flavor profile but it definitely delivered plenty of complex flavors. The whole Curivari line is very affordable as well, with this specific one coming in around $7. I am looking forward to trying these in a few different sizes soon. If you haven't checked out any of the Curivari cigars yet, I recommend doing so!