January 04, 2015

Ventura Cigar Co. Project 805 Cubra Maduro Robusto (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

The new Project 805 Cubra Maduro uses a Maduro wrapper called Cubra. It’s a hybridized Habano Criollo 98 seed and is sun grown in the Bahia region of Brazil – hence the name Cubra, an amalgam of Cuba and Brazil. 

Andullo is a tobacco that only Ventura Cigar Company uses and not much is known about it.

The Project 805 Cubra Maduro sizes will be 805R: 5 x 50, 805T: 6 x 50, and 805C: 7 x 50

805 refers to the area code  for Ventura Cigar Company in California.

Wrapper: Brazilian Habano Criollo 98 Maduro Hybrid
Binder: Dominican Olor
Filler: Dominican, Andullo

The cigar is dark and oily with a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm but I decided I could work with it. The initial flavors were sweet tobacco/boysenberry flavor, brown sugar black pepper, coffee. The black pepper was rated at a 7 `/2 initially. 

1 1/2 inches in the flavors are sweet tobacco, nutmeg, buttery notes, brown sugar, and coffee. The black pepper has moved up to an 8. Lots of dark notes. The cigar is medium bodied and feels like it will move up. The finish is a sweet cream with a little lingering black pepper.

Close to the midpoint the ash is very tight. The flavors are about like they were previously but I'm getting a dry cocoa flavor also. The buttery notes are very nice. The finish also has some buttery notes on the cream. Very nice.

The cigar ended much like the last segment. The cigar moved up to medium to full bodied. The finish ended with some buttery, cocoa and cream. The cocoa notes filtered over to the finish in the final 1/3. This has been a very nice, new cigar for me. I would urge you to give them a try. Check with your local shop and request them. They are very good.

Score: 91

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