"The final third of this cigar really upped the enjoyment factor. It took it from good to very good in my opinion. I have always been a fan of cigars with many transitions, and this one did not let me down and threw in a completely unexpected and unique flavor, that made the cigar a true star. The strength and body stayed right in the medium range and can be enjoyed by anyone. The flavors would go well with morning coffee as well as a lighter bodied beer that won't overrun it. I am really looking forward to finding out what this cigar is and recommend you try it when the secret is out! " -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
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"Oh my how I loved this cigar. While it did not offer up any transitions along its length, from the very start it did offer so many varying flavors that a change of profile would have ruined the experience. The aroma was also quite nice when the smoke hit the nostrils. I'm looking forward to smoking a lot more of these in the future." -Isaac M. (The Nothing)
Ventura Cigar Company has restructured its national sales organization including some layoffs. The company cites preparation of new FDA regulations expected to hit in coming months. The company said in a press release that Kretek International, parent company of Venura Cigars, remains strong and profitable. Exact numbers of layoffs were not given, but other media outlets have reported the number going from 9 to 3.
Ventura Cigars is partnering with Island Lifestyle Importers to bring the “Hula Paradise Collection” from Tommy Bahama’s cigar accessories collection to market. This collection will be shown off at IPCPR 2019.
Kretek International, Inc. owners of Ventura Cigar Company, has announced that effective immediately, they have acquired Foundry Tobacco Company's brands and will be distributing them. Foundry Tobacco Company was started by Michael Giannini, who is now the General Manager of Ventura Cigars, so the brands have in essence come back where they started. UNtil now, the brands were owned by General Cigar.
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"A cigar I hated to lose in the process of smoking. Great notes of cherry, earth, leather, cocoa, and oak make this a excellent cigar. Great ash that hung on to the cigar for 30 minutes or better. Five or more of these cigar would round out your humidor perfectly." -Sean F. (fullermaine)
Ventura Cigar Company has announced two new cigars in the Archetype line: Master and Pupil. These new blends will make their debut at TPE (Tobacco Products Expo) later this month. Both of these new cigars were blended by Juan Martinez and Dr. Alejandro Cuenca of Joya de Nicaragua, and rolled at their factory. These new blends will ship shortly after TPE.
"Fantastic smoke. Not as full bodied as I typically prefer, but a really impressive medium bodied experience. Great core flavors of nuts and spice along with blasts of sweetness and floral qualities throughout. Not exactly massive transitions, but there were some nice points of interest along the way. Really exceptional construction as well. The craftsmanship definitely added to the experience. " -John I. (John I.)
Ventura Cigars is bringing the Third Chapter of it's Archetype Series to IPCPR 2019. This Chapter will feature two blends: Sacred Scales and Dawn of Destiny. Archetype Chapter 3 is a collaboration with E.P. Carrillo and rolled at his factory La Alianza in the Dominican Republic. Carrillo and Ventura Cigar General Manager Michael Giannini have been friends for 20 years and have collaborated before.
"This was a very tasty cigar for me and hit a lot of different flavor notes that my palette enjoyed immensely. There was enough variation and change that I was kept interested and paid more attention while smoking because of the constant nuanced changes. This is a great cigar for almost any level of cigar smoker. Not too strong for a beginner and complex enough for the seasoned smoker’s palette." -Diana (ArmyRN)