July 19, 2020

Archetype Master by Ventura Cigar Co. (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)
Ventura Cigar Company has launched two new cigars under its Archetype brand known as Master and Pupil. These cigars are coming from the Joya de Nicaragua factory in the Dominican Republic.

In terms of the theme, Ventura Cigar Company explains, “Inspired by the studies of both Sigmund Freud and Karl Jung, who identified common threads and themes of storytelling that transcend both time and culture, Archetype cigars outline the familiar tale of a hero’s journey, with cigars punctuating each crucial stage. Master and Pupil incorporates the essence of Freud and Jung, teacher and student, and tensions uncovered with the reversal of roles and transition of student to teacher.”

It’s the first major release to come from Joya de Nicaragua for Ventura Cigar Company.

Master is described as “bold, confident”. This cigar is an all Nicaraguan Puro – available in one size, a 6 x 52 Toro.

“No matter where you are in life, you are a master or a pupil. And then, one day, you are both,” says Michael Giannini, General Manager of Ventura Cigar Company. “We are students first, learning from those who came before. And then we find ourselves as the teachers, imparting our knowledge on others just starting their quest. We are never fully done learning, either, so the roles of teacher and student are fluid, always changing. The Archetype Master and Pupil cigars explore these transitions and tensions through blends that offer strength and nuance throughout the smoke. We’ve worked on these for over a year with the masters at Joya de Nicaragua, of whom we are all students.

The cigar is dark brown and has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good with a touch of firmness. The initial flavors were a little odd; a somewhat sweet grapefruit note, a sour/oily nutmeg, and earthy black coffee, and light leather notes. These are very odd and different flavors. Already it's obvious that this cigar is very different from The Pupil, which I reviewed a couple weeks ago. 

At the first third (28 minutes) the sour/oily nutmeg has toned down. I now get a cedar/grapefruit citrus note as the lead flavor. There is a touch of brown sugar. I still had lots of earthy nutmeg, dry leather, and black coffee. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is nutmeg, a dusting of brown sugar, and leather with decent lingering black pepper. The front end black pepper is rated at 6; not very much. At this point the cigar is not hitting on may cylinders with me. I rated the first third 89.

As I moved through the second third (58 minutes) all I had were hints of cedar and brown sugar, a lot of nutmeg, leather, and earthy black coffee. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. For me the cigar is quickly going downhill. I rated the second third 86.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 17 minutes. In the final third the already low levels of cedar actually decreased. Otherwise the cigar remained about the same. This is not a cigar that I would want again but that's just my tastes. You may love it. Go by the description and decide for yourself. After all, they blended it this way for a reason. There is a market for just about any cigar out there. This one is just not for me. I rated the final third 85. Don't forget about the Pupil which was a much better cigar. I would highly recommend trying it.

Overall Score: 86.67

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