We’ve gotten a decent amount of rain lately, so I’ve got to catch up on some mowing this evening. I also wanted to smoke something new so I grabbed an ADVentura Cigars The Navigator from my humidor. This will be only the second ADVentura I have smoked. Something I always find intriguing with ADVentura’s cigars are the blend details. They always seem to utilize tobacco from multiple countries in their cigars. This Navigator utilizes tobacco from 5 countries, for example.
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Indonesian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, & Ecuador
Vitola: 5.5 x 50 Pinzon
Price: $11.00 MSRP
Release Date: May 2019
Company Website: www.adventuracigars.com
The wrapper on this cigar is milk chocolate in color and quite toothy. The roll is a bit lumpy, but firm. I love ADVentura’s bands and I really like the blue and white against this wrapper. The cigar smells like earthy, chocolatey raisins. The cold draw is baking spices and fruited bread. The cigar starts out very full in body and medium-full in flavor. There is a lot of toast, charred wood, and gritty earth, along with a bit of baking spices that go into the finish. About an inch in it’s rolling along with much of the same flavor with the addition of a black pepper flavor and some dark sweetness. The retrohale has more pepper flavor and sweetness, but it is fairly easy going. There is a very savory, not quite meat - not quite wood, note. Ending the first third the flavor and body have come down a touch and a creamy milk chocolate is present into the finish. Hitting halfway the profile is still toast and charred wood forward, but now there’s there’s a sour fruit on the back end. The retrohale has some creamy fruit, black pepper flavor, and a little wood. The performance has been great so far. Entering the final third it started to require more frequent puffs to burn, but that was short lived. The profile is still about the same except the sour fruit and toast have mostly subsided. Hitting the band point there’s some pepper heat joining the black pepper flavor. It’s also more of a general earthy, woody profile. Coming to an end at an hour and 32 minutes the profile is much of the same and the performance has been great to the close.
Overall this was a decent cigar. I think if I would’ve known the profile ahead of time I would have enjoyed it a bit more. I wasn’t expecting something as robust with this much wood, earth, and savory notes. That’s something I typically have to be in the mood for to really enjoy. There also wasn’t a lot of complexity or much in the way of transitions. That being said, the performance was good overall and there were no off putting or overwhelming flavors. So if you are into this type of profile, I would recommend checking this cigar out.
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