Cigar Reviews

Curivari Cigars Seleccion Privada

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Keeping up with our obscure blend reviews, I am bringing you a very little known cigar that started appearing this year at the IPCPR convention in New Orleans. Curivari’s Seleccion Privada.

Curivari seleccion privada

These cigars were graciously given to my by my local shop, Tobacco Rd. As I stated, Curivari is a newer company, gaining most of it’s steam in the past year. I can’t find too much about the company at all, other than blend introductions on their website. From what I gather, I can only assume that they are a Nicaraguan company. The blend that I am reviewing is their “Seleccion Privada”. The Seleccion Privada is composed from pure Nicaraguan grown Cuban seed Criollo and Corojo tobacco. The format is a simple robusto at 5 x 50 and runs about $6 – $7 a stick. If anyone has any other info on these cigars, PLEASE SHARE. I’d really love to know more about this manufacturer.

Curivari seleccion privada

Prelight: First and foremost, this is a very good looking cigar. The wrapper starts off with a very rugged, almost Cuban leaf looking wrapper. The oils in the wrapper reflect an almost mirror like finish in direct light from the light brown, calico, orange and dark brown wrapper. There are tons of smaller veins running the length of the body with no real signs of mis-construction. The thick, firm body leads up to a nicely done, round, triple wrap cap. I really like the band of this cigar. It’s very elegant, and traditional looking red and gold embossed ink. Curivari is the main label leading into smaller sections that contains items such as “Seleccion Privada” and “Calidad Superior”. The band reminds me of a Romeo y Julietta and Tatuaje El Tobacos Triunfador hybrid.

Curivari seleccion privada

The wrapper gives off a very floral and cedar scented aroma. You can pick up most of the floral scents in the areas that have more oils. The foot of the cigar gives off a just awesome cedar and spice scent. The cap cut very easily with my double bladed cutter. The first initial cold draws throw out a very sweet, natural taste. Lots of little floral hints mixed in to a more traditional tobacco taste.

First Smoke: The Seleccion Privada starts off with just a ton of sweet tobacco. The sweetness isn’t coming from the oils to my lips either. Straight from the smoke’s flavor profile. Outside of the sweetness there is a lot of floral, mixed with some smooth cedar, a very milky taste, and some honey. This cigar reminds me a lot of something that Illusione would make. The burn line started off way crazy with a but of canoeing, but nothing that demanded a touch up this early in. The draw is very smooth and easy, producing the perfect amount of thick smoke. The Seleccion Privada gives off a good amount of very sweet cedar scented stationary smoke. The ash from the Curivari is slightly flakey with light grey and dark grey zebra stripes.

Curivari seleccion privada

Halfway There: Towards the end of the first third and into the second third, the Seleccion Privada surprised with with some very slight pepper being thrown into the mix. It’s just enough to tease, and leave you wanting more. Outside of the pepper addition the cigar is still riding out the sweet tobacco, honey, and cedar taste. The floral has made its out of the experience. The retrohale is very, very easy giving a very nice, sweet cedar prime. The burnline I still a bit sketchy but I haven’t had to relight, or touch-up so it hasn’t bothered me in the slightest. The Seleccion Privada is mild, I’m not expecting to feel much if any nicotine at all from this smoke.

Curivari seleccion privada

Finish: The final third of this Curivari Seleccion Privada is packed with an extremely smooth miky, cedar flavor. Usually milder sticks lack in the flavor department in my opinion, but this cigar is jam packed with flavor. The floral flavors have snuck back in along with the honey, and sweetness. Even into the final inch, there was no harshness at all. This was such a smooth cigar with excellent flavors all the way through. As I stated earlier, I felt no nicotine from this cigar what so ever. Mild-Medium at most. The cigar took a little over an hour to smoke and despite the wild burnline at times I never had to relight or touch it up.

Curivari seleccion privada

Overview: I touched base with a few people concerning this not-very-well known cigar as I was smoking them, and every single one of them had the same response, they are awesome. New cigar companies are a dime a dozen these days, and I am finding it more and more difficult to find ones that really stand out. Curivari is one of the rare breed. Great flavors, beautiful cigars, flawless construction, and perfect burns. I’d be surprised if we didn’t see this brand start popping up in shops very soon. The fair price, and just awesome experience makes this cigar an ideal candidate for any rotation. Complex flavors and the mild/medium body make it perfect for any cigar smoker from novice, to everyday.

Curivari seleccion privada

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.


  1. jimbobber

    March 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I keep hoping to see them on the shelf at one of my local B&M’s but, so far, no such luck; maybe one day.

  2. Tony Casas

    March 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I honestly think they will start popping up soon. They have been pushing their product out more and more. I REALLY enjoyed them. It’s just about getting these sticks in consumer’s hands. The smoke will sell itself.

  3. Tadd

    March 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Sounds like it would rock in the AM with some java…. Great review… now I want something smooth and creamy… TWSS…..

    Thanks for the review. Love the obscure brands. Good work!

  4. Lou Bozzelli

    March 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    once again Tony your reviews always leave me desiring a new cigar to smoke. i can only imagine that if they are not everywhere in the U.S.A. B & M’s then it will be a long, long time before they make it to the frozen north. maybe Daniel will be able to hook me up with a couple of them. i agree with Tadd, it sounds like a great morning smoke. hey Tony and Daniel, how do i get a pic inside the box next to the responses.

  5. Jitzy

    March 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Tony I really gotta agree with you on these, I had a friend send me some to try and I have to say these are the best new brand to come to the market since illusione’s. I’m looking forward to these becoming more readily available.

  6. Rob

    March 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Bought some of these based on the review here at and they are pretty good. They are up there with some of my other favorites such as the Bolivar Dominican, Excalibur 1066 and others. They are a very good smoke for the money and I am always looking for good cigars at reasonable prices. I also purchased a double cigar holder at, and now I don’t lose any cigars on the golf course and am a very happy camper!

    Just my $0.02 worth.

  7. Mike

    June 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Great review. I’d been on Oliva’s and Perdomo’s for quite some time up until now. My local store recently started stocking these and I tried it on a recommendation from one of the shop owners.

    Not only is this a fantastic smoke, the construction is one of the best ive encountered in a long time.

  8. Three Js C-Cigar

    August 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Guys, we have been working with Curivari since 2008. We are one of the original retailers of this cigar in the USA. We have some samplers priced very well on our site.
    we are now in the process of adding 3 pack samplers in the next week or so. We have a deal going this month Any 5 pack you purchase you will receive a 6th Cigar FREE. In addition if you spend $ 100.00 or more you will receive FREE Shipping in the USA. Curivari is a really great cigar, old cuban style rolled, great aromatics and true flavor profile changes as it smokes. All the blends are crafted well and smoke amazing. The boxes are small 10 count boxes so getting a few is easy and well worth it. We stand behind our Curivari product 100% you will enjoy!

    here is our link.

  9. Todd

    April 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Smoke em at the current prices while you can…my local tobacconist says that by the end of this year or early next year expect big price increases on them because they are getting so popular.

  10. Kevin

    May 3, 2012 at 2:14 am

    My cigar store attendant told me these cigars are made in Nicaragua and the reason they are so small is because in the past they have one had 1 customer. Some restauranteur in Greece has them made for his guests in his restaurant and they have only recently started distribution in the U.S. Hence their scarcity. Don’t know if that is true or not but makes for a good story. Love these lil babies.

  11. Mari D'Anne Geffon

    June 11, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Was smoking my 31st Curivari S.P. when I found your excellent review. KUDOS! This is a review! It absolutely the best, and most valuable review I have read in 21 years. Thank you!

    All of mine have burned perfectly, even though most were abused and smoked without resting as I found them while traveling and smoked most while driving. (I found them as I passed through Dallas last month, and a third into my first stick in the shop I bought all their stock. I was online looking for a supply as I’m down to 3 boxes; found Curivari, then your review which I had to read and was glad I did!) I believe that you were just unfortunate to happen to get one of those veins, which happens as you know, on your first stick. Hopefully you have had another by now!

    While your review was extremely thorough, and dead on in every respect in my opinion, I will have to disagree regarding the nicotine. I have narcolepsy and asthma, and cigars help both of those medical conditions and are a very pleasurable medication! And, a much cheaper med, even smoking super-prems up to $20/stick! As I had smoked a third of a 30 stick supply before Dallas, my stock was going to last a week much less my return to Houston! From the first few puffs, I definitely felt the nicotine and my alertness increased; the $7.50 stick saved me from a $30 med and I knew I was buying a box. I was specifically looking for a higher nicotine content. I will agree that it is still a low concentration as I am sensitive to nicotine an it does make me very ill, for which I did not experience any ill effect with this cigar yet obtained the maximum benefit.

    It very much reminds me of a Montecristo Classic, which I started smoking a year ago. These have bloomed very well in my Davidoff No. 7 Humidor, and I expect the CSP to respond likewise and am anxious to see how they season. In my humble opinion, it is a comparable smoke at a fraction of the price, and hope the prices at least remain moderate. I have smoked Dominicans exclusively for 20 years; never had a Nic or Honduran I found enjoyable. I will smoke any and all Arturo Fuentes, and one of my first and my mainstay the AF Hemingway Short Story.

    I started trying a few Nics a year ago, and was surprised in the improvement. 75% had complexity and balance which I enjoy in the Dominican, and the CVP definitely meets this standard. This is Nic I truly enjoy, and love!

  12. Jason Gazeley

    January 28, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Wow, vintage Tony. Saw Fox running a sale so here I am. God review as always, Tony. I’m curious, but my humidor is full and I have a box of Epernay on the way. I don’t even know where I’ going to put the cigars I have now…

    • jjo

      January 28, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      Jason – smoke faster! 🙂 Seriously, if you don’t want to pick up another humidor, go the way of the Tupperdor. That’s what I use for my overflow. It’s quick, cheap, and easy, and works really well with a Boveda pack. Just be sure to wash it well (I use a dish soap and white vinegar combo) and give a day or so to air out the plastic smell and you can use pieces of the unvarnished cigar box to give it some cedar aroma and humidity buffering. In the meantime, you can use a zip-top bag with a Boveda pack.

      Enjoy those Epernays you lucky dog! Tony is the “god” of reviewers, lol.

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