Ventura Cigar Co. – Psyko Seven Maduro and Giveaway
Ventura Cigar Co. is no longer a new comer to the cigar world. The company carries a diverse portfolio of brands such as Cuban Rejects, Cuban Rounds, Pura Sangre, Estilo Cubano, Project 805 and Psyko Seven, which are produced by some of the leading premium cigar manufacturers including La Aurora, TabaDom (Davidoff), and Plasencia.
Following the success of the 2013 release of the Psyko Seven, a maduro version was launched by Ventura Cigar Co. at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show. Unlike the Dominican Hybrid wrapper utilized on the original release, the maduro features a Mexican San Andres wrapper. Psyko Seven is manufactured in the Dominican Republica by the famed Henke Kelner, the master blender of Davidoff cigars, at the Tabadom factory.
The Psyko Seven derives its name from the seven tobaccos utilizes in the blend originating from six different countries. Three vitolas in the Maduro version are currently available to include: Robusto (5 1/2 by 50), Toro (6 by 52), and Gordo (6 by 60).
Samples Provided by Ventura Cigar Co.
Size: 5 1/2 by 50
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Mexican Sumatra Hybrid 151
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero, Peruvian Pelo de Oro Viso, Honduran Holancha Seco, Dominican Hybrid, and Pennsylvania Ligero
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes
A large band designed as a medical prescription form details the vitola, size, and specific tobaccos utilized in the Psyko Seven Maduro. It also conceals the majority of the Mexican San Andres wrapper that is dark brown in color with couple of light colored veins and lacks any visible oils. Upon removing the primary band, a smaller, simpler, secondary band is found underneath where a typical cigar band would be placed.
While the oils are hard to see, a fair amount of oil and a fine tooth are felt under my fingertips as I examine the Psyko Seven for soft spots. No soft spots are found, only a handful of veins are noticeable, but stretch marks are all over this Mexican leaf.
A sweet chocolate aroma is found on the wrapper of the cigar, along with some rich clove notes. The same chocolate is found on the foot accompanied by some graham cracker, cinnamon, cherry, and rich cedar. The double cap is hard to spot as it has been applied cleanly. The shoulder has a sharp angle resulting in a flat head of the cigar, which I believe to be a result of the packaging. Upon clipping the cap, a decent cold draw with just a hair more resistance than preferred presents milder than expected flavors of clove, cedar, and chocolate notes that are drying out my mouth.
Taking my time lighting the foot of the cigar evenly with my Zippo Z-Plus! butane lighter, the Psyko Seven Maduro is underway. Medium flavors of pencil-shavings, leather, and pepper are first to arrive on my palate, while a pepper spice warms the back of my throat and entire mouth. There is just enough maduro sweetness to round-out the profile and an intriguing Cubanesque saltiness has grabbed my attention. A thin, eyeliner burn is evenly forming a gray layer ash that is holding past an inch.
Moving into the second third of the Psyko Seven Maduro, the flavor remain, for the most part, consistent with the previous third. A few minor variations include the leather and sweetness gaining more ground in the profile, the pencil-shavings and pepper taking a step back, while the saltiness holds strong. The finish is of earth and chocolate, while the retrohale brings forth a medium red pepper spice. Other than the ash becoming more flaky, the Psyko Seven Maduro continues to perform exceptionally.
Toasted notes push back the maduro sweetness as the leather and saltiness continue along. The flavors have crept up from medium to medium/full and the strength is now in the medium arena. The burn is beginning to waver, but, with so little left of the cigar, I do not foresee any touch-up required.
My expectation of the Psyko Seven Maduro was rather low when I first received the samples. Not because I read anything bad about it, but because I knew nothing about it. As I began my preliminary research, my expectations began to gradually increase as I learned that it utilized a Mexican San Andres wrapper and is produced under the watchful eyes of Henke Kelner. To say the least, the Psyko Seven Maduro far exceeded my expectations in both flavors and performance. From the core flavors of leather, pencil-shavings, and spice to the more unique saltiness, balanced out by the maduro sweetness, the Psyko Seven Maduro delivered an intriguing, but not overly complex, profile that never lost my interest. The cigar burned evenly, the ash held firm, and a mouth-full of smoke was produced with each draw. While I do not know the exact price of the Psyko Seven Maduro, searching online retailers, you can easily find this stick for under $7.00. One heck of a deal for a great cigar!
Our good friends at Ventura Cigar Co. sent over a few extra PsyKo Seven Maduros, a Ventura torch lighter, and a double guillotine PsyKo Seven cigar cutter that we are giving away to one of our faithful readers! I may throw in a few extra cigars as well, but they will be a surprise.
The rules are simple. Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and one winner will be chosen at random and announced next Friday. You must live in the USA or Canada, and must be 18 years or older to enter. The contest will run from today until Thursday, 6/25/2015, at 11:59 PM.
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